House Democrats Seek Documents From More Than 80 With Ties to Trump
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler on Monday initiated a sweeping investigation into President Donald Trump, requesting documents from more than 80 groups and people connected to the president.
The letters submitted by the New York Democrat were sent to many in Trump’s inner circle, including his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, former White House and 2016 presidential campaign aides as well as people involved with the Trump Organization, among them Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg.
The scope of the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the president will include allegations of obstruction of justice, corruption and abuses of power. The committee has set a March 18 deadline to receive documents from the 81 individuals and groups.
Over the weekend, Nadler said on ABC’s “This Week” that he’d be launching an investigation and that he believes the president has obstructed justice.
“Yes, I do,” Nadler said. “It’s very clear that the president obstructed justice.”
But he pumped the brakes when discussing whether his committee, which has jurisdiction over impeachment proceedings, was ready to pursue that route against Trump. Democratic leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have shied away from bringing up impeachment.
“We’re far from making decisions” regarding impeachment, Nadler said Sunday.
Asked Monday if he would cooperate with the investigation, Trump said during a White House event, “I cooperate all the time with everybody.”
Nadler’s requests come days after Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
Cohen, who called Trump a “racist” and “con man,” was among those from whom Nadler requested documents.