Democrats launch massive probe into Trump ‘abuses of power’ by demanding documents from EIGHTY ONE people and groups including Don Jr., Eric Trump, Jared, Michael Cohen and Roger Stone

Monday, March 4, 2019
By Paul Martin

House Judiciary Committee launches sweeping probe of possible ‘abuses of power’ by writing to 81 people and groups demanding documents
Targets include both Trump’s adult sons, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and ex-White House communications director Hope Hicks and counsel Don McGahn
Trump campaign and organization figures also targeted including felons Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort and accused felon Roger Stone
David Pecker, CEO of National Enquirer publisher AMI is targeted as is WikiLeaks and Trump’s longtime executive assistant Rhona Graff
Committee chair Jerrold Nadler says they are investigating whether Trump abused power
Inquiry will focus on whether Trump used powers to obstruct justice; oust enemies; witness tamper or offer pardons

4 March 2019

A 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.

Among those targeted by the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee are the president’s sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, WikiLeaks, White House aide and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former White House counsel Don McGahn.

‘We have seen the damage done to our democratic institutions in the two years that the Congress refused to conduct responsible oversight. Congress must provide a check on abuses of power,’ House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in a statement.

Among the committee’s aims is determining whether Trump may have 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.

‘The House Judiciary Committee´s letter has been received by the White House,’ White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. ‘The (White House) Counsel’s Office and relevant White House officials will review it and respond at the appropriate time.’

Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said the department has received the committee’s letter and is evaluating the request.

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

Comey was leading an investigation into Russia activities in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign when the president fired him in May 2017.

The investigation was subsequently taken over by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is expected to end his investigation and report his findings to Attorney General William Barr in coming weeks.

Nadler said Mueller and prosecutors conducting investigators in the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office are aware of the committee’s action.

‘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,’ Nadler said.

Some of those the committee is seeking documents from are among the dozens indicted by Mueller.

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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