House Judiciary to request documents from Trump Jr., dozens in administration
- Author: Jon Douglas Mar 05, 2019,
Mar 05, 2019, 0:42
The demands, made by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., cover communications between former White House counsel Donald McGahn and the president relating to Trump's fired national security adviser, Michel Flynn, as well as Flynn's statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about contacts with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
"Tomorrow [Monday], we will be issuing document requests to over 60 different people and individuals from the White House to the Department of Justice", he said.
The investigation was subsequently taken over by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is expected to end his investigation and report his findings in coming weeks.
"We are going to initiate investigations into abuses of power, into corruption and into obstruction of justice", Mr Nadler said.
Nadler said he believed such an order constituted an example of the president's "abuse of power" that his committee would like to know more about. Former White House chief of staff John Kelly and former White House counsel Don McGahn will also likely be looked into as part of the probe. "The (White House) Counsel's Office and relevant White House officials will review it and respond at the appropriate time".
The letter follows another from last month, in which the three chairmen cited a report that Trump had seized his translator's notes after a meeting with Putin and taken other steps to restrict information about his meetings with Russia's president.
"Over the last several years, President Trump has evaded accountability for his near-daily attacks on our basic legal, ethical, and constitutional rules and norms", House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in a statement.
The Judiciary Committee listed Trump family members, current and former business employees, Republican campaign staffers and former White House aides, as well as the FBI, White House and WikiLeaks were listed as recipients of documents requests.
Among those who received requests from the panel are Mr Trump's sons, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Trump Organization and Wikileaks.
During a two-hour, campaign-style speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump mocked Democrats for the scope of their investigations.
"The House Judiciary Committee's letter has been received by the White House".
When asked by reporters if he will cooperate with the committee's investigation, Trump said he cooperates "all the time with everybody", but he added, "it's all a hoax".
There is no guarantee that the congressional requests for documents will be met.
While extremely broad, Nadler's inquiry focuses on abuse of power, public corruption and obstruction of justice since Trump became president, though some of the inquiries also deal with the campaign and the presidential transition.
Trump maintains that his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation and has repeatedly attacked the investigation on Twitter.