House Democrats Launch Sweeping Probe Into President Trump

Chairman Jerrold Nadler says over 60 entities and individuals close to White House are getting document requests from House Judiciary Committee Monday

US House panel launches probe into possible obstruction by Donald Trump

A USA congressional panel said on Monday that it has served document requests on 81 government agencies, entities and individuals as part of an investigation into alleged obstruction of justice and other abuses by President Donald Trump and others.

Mr Nadler said he believed Mr Trump had obstructed justice. The move by the Democratic-controlled House could signal that the committee does not plan to wait for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to complete his legal case against Trump.

As evidence of obstruction, Nadler cited Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, who at the time was leading an investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

House Democrats opened a huge new avenue Monday in their investigations into Trump, with the chairman of the Judiciary Committee firing off document requests to dozens of figures from the president's administration, family and business. He said, "You put the wrong people in a couple of positions, and they leave people for a long time that shouldn't be there, and all of a sudden they're trying to take you out with bullshit".

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Republicans in Congress accuse Democrats of pursuing an impeachment agenda against Trump as part of a political strategy to reclaim the White House in the 2020 election.

Nadler's announcement comes after the House intelligence panel has already announced a separate probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump's foreign financial interests.

Mark Zaid runs a national security-focused law firm in Washington, D.C. In an email, he explained that such wide-ranging inquiries are actually nothing new for presidential administrations.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee received testimony from Cohen last week in a high-profile hearing where he accused Trump of lying to the public about his business interests in Russian Federation, his role in silencing women who alleged sexual encounters during the 2016 campaign and his knowledge of WikiLeaks's hacked material that was damaging to Clinton. "This guy at least, and most people on the Democratic side, are going to switch the thing and say, well, 'Oh [Mueller] can't prove collusion, but that was never the point'".

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ABC News has reached out to the White House for comment, but has not yet heard back.

Trump and Republicans have pushed back, arguing Democrats are on a fishing expedition created to undermine the President and cripple his re-election effort ahead of 2020.

On Saturday, he launched a furious attack on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, railing against the inquiry he was leading into alleged collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

Mueller's report could be turned over to Attorney General William Barr in the coming days, but how much of it will be made public is uncertain. But he said, "The claim that there is no evidence is factually wrong". They include former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former Trump adviser Roger Stone, and former attorney Michael Cohen.

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