House to query 60 Trump officials in obstruction probe


United States lawmakers will demand documents from Donald Trump's eldest son and a lifelong business associate as part of a wide-ranging investigation into claims of obstruction of justice and other abuses by the president, a leading Democrat said Sunday.

"We are going to initiate investigations into abuses of power, into corruption. and into obstruction of justice", Nadler said.

Nadler also said that officials who are now serving or who have previously worked in the White House and the Department of Justice for the administration will be asked to provide information to the committee.

"We will be issuing document requests to over 60 different people from the White House to the Department of Justice", Nadler said.

During the interview, Stephanopoulos asked Nadler if he believes Trump has obstructed justice.

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"It's very clear", Nadler said, "1,100 times he referred to the Mueller investigation as a witch hunt, he tried to - he fired - he tried to protect Flynn from being investigated by the FBI". He said it was too soon to consider whether impeachment should be pursued, however. He talks about impeachment before he even became chairman and then he says, 'you've got to persuade people to get there.' There's nothing that the president did wrong'. These may include Don McGahn, the former White House counsel, and John Kelly, Trump's former chief of staff.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) annual meeting at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S., March 2, 2019.

It comes as Mr Trump attacked special counsel Robert Mueller's credibility on Saturday, disparaging former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former FBI Director James Comey while Washington waits for Mr Mueller's report in the coming weeks.

Trump's campaign is being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for alleged collusion with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election, and for possible obstruction of that probe.

He said the committee on Monday would release the list of people and organizations it would request documents from.

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"We're far from making decisions" about impeachment, he said.

"Yeah, it is a high bar", Mr. Nadler said.

Speaking to ABC News' This Week on Sunday, the Democrat from NY and chair of the House Judiciary Committee laid out several examples of Trump's efforts to obstruct justice.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused House Democrats of prejudging Mr Trump as part of a query based purely on partisan politics. "He tried to protect Flynn from being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

Democrats are now in control of the House of Representatives, with Republicans holding the Senate.

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Nadler and McCarthy spoke on ABC's "This Week, ' and Schiff appeared on CBS" 'Face the Nation'.