House Democrats Launch Wide-Ranging Trump Investigations

Rep. Jerry Nadler

The latest move by the US House Judiciary Committee to launch an investigation into allegations of abuse of power and obstruction of justice by US President Donald Trump is actually a huge "trap" for Democrats themselves, Jim Kavanagh, editor of thepolemicist.net, told Sputnik.

At the White House, Trump was asked if he would cooperate with Nadler's probe.

Large-scale investigations led by the FBI, Congress, and special counsel Robert Mueller haven't yielded any evidence of wrongdoing by Trump.

The new probes signal that now that Democrats hold a majority in the House, Trump's legal and political peril is nowhere near over, even as the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation winds down.

He also issued a tweet announcing the probe.

"We don't have the facts yet", Nadler said.

In their letter, the Democratic leaders allege that Trump, on multiple occasions, "appears to have taken steps to hide the details of his communications with President Putin from other administration officials, Congress and the American people", noting that Trump reportedly "seized notes" related to at least one meeting held with Putin and "directed" an American interpret "not to discuss the substance of communications" with Putin with other federal officials. "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'".

The new investigation also follows an announcement by the House intelligence panel that it is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election that brought Trump to power, and Trump's foreign business interests. They include former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former Trump adviser Roger Stone, and former lawyer Michael Cohen.




House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler told CNN that nobody should draw conclusions just because some people affiliated with Trump's administration and businesses were not included on the initial list.

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.

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. Trump Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the White House had received the letter and "the counsel's office and relevant White House officials will review it and respond at the appropriate time".

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

They say the first step is to initiate proper investigations, which were missing in the first two years of Trump's presidency, when his fellow Republicans controlled the House of Representatives.

Warner said he will reach his decision on whether Trump colluded with Russian Federation to help him win the election after more investigation. He said there would be more requests, which might involve additional people.

Cohen, who called Trump "a racist, a con man, a cheat", showed a House panel two $35,000 checks sent to him - one signed by the president and one signed by Donald Trump Jr. and Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization's chief financial officer.

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