US Dems ‘Almost Guarantee Second Trump Victory' With Toothless New Probe

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

The list of 81 names touches on all parts of Mr Trump's life - his businesses, his campaign, the committee that oversaw the transition from campaign to the White House and the White House itself.

"Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee".

"It's very clear that the president obstructed justice", Nadler told ABC News on Sunday. The panel sent document requests to 81 people and entities, including Trump's family, campaign staff, current and former White House officials, and government agencies.

The subpoenas and investigations come in part from last week's testimony from former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen who, Nadler said, "directly implicated the president in various crimes-both while seeking the office of president and while in the White House".

And previous year, the White House announced that it would stop the practice of regularly issuing readouts of phone calls between Trump and foreign leaders, which means the public has no idea how often he speaks with Putin by phone.

Trump dismissed the Nadler probe and others as futile efforts "in search of a crime".

"Personally I think he has", he replied, "but we have to, we have to look and see".

The information gathered by the Judiciary Committee, along with that in the yet-to-be-released report by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump campaign links to Russian Federation and obstruction allegations, could form the basis of impeachment proceedings against Trump.

The panel also named the president's sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, White House aide and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg, former US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former White House counsel Don McGahn.

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He added: "You know, the lovely thing?"

Congressional Democrats demanded Monday that the president let them interview the translators who were there for his unorthodox meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as Democrats expanded their election-season attempt to paint Mr. Trump as a criminal. "It's a political hoax".

Among the committee's aims is determining whether Trump obstructed justice by ousting perceived enemies at the Justice Department, such as former FBI Director James Comey, and abused his presidential power by possibly offering pardons or tampering with witnesses.

There are also people connected to Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, including participants in a meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer before the election. Representatives for the White House and Justice Department said the requests are being reviewed.

"The House Judiciary Committee's letter has been received by the White House", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee has launched multiple investigations.

Mueller is investigating Russian intervention in the 2016 election and whether Trump's campaign conspired with Russia. "We will act quickly to gather this information, assess the evidence, and follow the facts where they lead with full transparency with the American people".

The committee is also asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Justice Department and others for documents related to possible pardons for Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

House Democrats took a major step in that direction Monday.

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