On Sunday, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler amplified his rhetoric about potential criminal wrongdoing by President Donald trump and said he plans to request documents from scores of people and organizations connected to President Trump as a part of an inquiry that could eventually lead to his impeachment.
The demands from Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), set to be delivered Monday, are the latest indication that Democrats have kicked their scrutiny of Trump into high gear. Speaking on ABC News’s “This Week,” Nadler said his panel will be sending requests for documents to more than 60 individuals and entities, including the president’s son Donald Trump Junior, Allen Weisselberg; and the Justice Department.
“The documents would be used to begin investigations to present the case to the American people about obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power”, said the Congressman.
“Impeachment is a long way down the road. We don’t have the facts yet. But we’re going to initiate appropriate investigations,” he said.
Nadler, D-N.Y., said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week” that congressional Republicans “spent two years shielding the president from any proper accountability.”
“It’s our duty to safeguard the rule of law. That’s our core function. And for that investigations into abuses of power, corruption and obstruction of justice are going to began,” Nadler said.
Nadler said, “It’s very clear that Trump obstructed justice”, citing President’s frequent attacks on special counsel Robert Muller with his alleged request that the FBI go on easy on Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser and his admission that why he fired FBI director James Comey was to stop “the Russian thing.”
Nadler further said, “The White House seemed to use its power for personal enrichment that results in the violation of emoluments clause of the constitution. If the reports are true that Trump ordered top secret security clearance over the objections of the White House counsel and his intelligence advisers from his son-in-law, then it would be another abuse of power.
In response to Nadler’s comments, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Sunday on “This Week” that he believes “Congressman Nadler decided to impeach the president the day the president won the election.”
McCarthy said “there’s nothing that the president did wrong,” and he accused Nadler of starting fresh investigations because he does not believe Mueller will conclude there was collusion between Russians and the Trump campaign.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted, “After more than two years of Presidential Harassment, the only things that have been proven is that Democrats and other broke the law. The hostile Cohen testimony, given by a liar to reduce his prison time, proved no Collusion! His just written book manuscript showed what he said was a total lie”.
After more than two years of Presidential Harassment, the only things that have been proven is that Democrats and other broke the law. The hostile Cohen testimony, given by a liar to reduce his prison time, proved no Collusion! His just written book manuscript showed what he…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2019
…said was a total lie, but Fake Media won’t show it. I am an innocent man being persecuted by some very bad, conflicted & corrupt people in a Witch Hunt that is illegal & should never have been allowed to start – And only because I won the Election! Despite this, great success!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2019
“I am an innocent man being persecuted by some very bad, conflicted & corrupt people in a Witch Hunt that is illegal & should never have been allowed to start – And only because I won the Election! Despite this, great success!” the president said in his tweet.
Meanwhile, several other House committees are digging aggressively into the president’s actions, his 2016 campaign, his businesses and his associates.
Also last week, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) asked his staff to begin preparing a request for Trump’s past tax returns to be submitted to the Treasury Department in the coming weeks. The request, first reported by NBC News, was confirmed by two Democratic aides familiar with Neal’s action but not authorized to discuss it publicly.
The House Intelligence and Financial Services committees also are conducting probes that could touch Trump personally.
Nadler’s probe, however, is unique: Only the Judiciary Committee can recommend the president’s impeachment — a politically explosive move that has been handled carefully by House Democratic leaders even as more and more rank-and-file Democrats say Trump has committed impeachable offenses.
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