Top House Democrats Demand Information on All Trump-Putin Meetings, Phone Calls


"Another probe will examine private conversations between the president and Russian President Vladimir Putin".

The House intelligence committee chairman has hired new staff with experience in the intelligence community and law enforcement as he renews an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and begins looking into President Donald Trump's financial interests. In addition to document requests, the committees are asking to interview interpreters who sat in on meetings, including a one-on-one session in Helsinki last summer. "It's a shame, and the people understand that when they look at it, they just say presidential harassment", said Trump, who has also regularly held campaign-like MAGA rallies during his first two years in office. While some more liberal members of the Democratic caucus would like to see Trump impeached now, Democratic leaders have been more cautious.

President Trump dismissed Mr Nadler's probe as a "political hoax", but added: "I co-operate all the time with everybody".

"You know, I don't feel the same way about Mueller", Cobb told ABC News' John Santucci.

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Nadler's broad investigation is focused on Trump's business dealings and obstruction of justice allegations, along with possible Russian collusion. The Senate panel's parallel probe has been much more professionally handled, with sober bipartisan leadership, but its resources and powers are incomplete, so its 'no collusion' findings can not be considered conclusive.

Like House Democrats, Mueller has also been exploring whether Trump sought to obstruct his investigation or others that have arisen from it. Almost all the current and former administration officials, friends and family listed on the request have hired private attorneys to navigate both the Mueller probe and now the oversight process - among them Hope Hicks, Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon, Kushner and Don McGahn.

Eighty-one people, agencies and organizations were named by the committee as recipients of document requests, including Trump's adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, as well as his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is Ivanka's husband and a White House adviser. Following their private interactions, Trump in a press conference failed to condemn Putin for Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, appearing to accept Putin's denials over the USA intelligence community's assessment that Russia tried to interfere in the presidential race, with "a clear preference" for Trump. At the same time, maintained that Mueller's investigation is "never going to be over". The letter also complains that White House officials have "not been cooperative in the [House Oversight] Committee's [security clearance] probe". But the overarching nature of the Trump response points to his increasing frustration with Congress, and his intention to seize on the investigations as evidence that he is under siege in Washington.

Several committees are probing related matters as well, and while many might overlap, the committee chairmen and chairwomen say they are working together on the investigations. The committee said there might be additional requests.