House Democrats launch aggressive new Trump probe


Beginning a sweeping investigation that could shadow Trump as he runs for re-election, the panel sent letters to 81 people asking a flurry of questions about Trump's activities before and after he was elected president. Trump denies the affair.

Almost all the current and former administration officials, friends and family listed on the request have hired private attorneys to navigate both the Mueller probe and now the oversight process - among them Hope Hicks, Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon, Kushner and Don McGahn.

He isn't moving forward immediately with impeachment proceedings in the House because he is "trying to convince the public that there are 1,000 reasons to impeach the president - even if he can not prove a single one".

"This is a critical time for our nation, and we have a responsibility to investigate these matters and hold hearings for the public to have all the facts", Nadler said in a statement. However, around 58 percent of voters agree that Congress should investigate allegations about Trump's unethical and illegal behaviour.

"Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress".

Should Trump face impeachment in the House, Nadler would oversee those proceedings.

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The White House has yet to respond to Tlaib's announcement.

In a statement Monday night, Sanders said: "Chairman Nadler and his fellow Democrats have embarked on this fishing expedition because they are terrified that their two-year false narrative of "Russia collusion" is crumbling".

"Democrats are harassing the President to distract from their radical agenda of making America a socialist country, killing babies after they're born, and pushing a "green new deal" that would destroy jobs and bankrupt America", she said.

The unusually strong statement further claimed that "the Democrats are not after the truth, they are after the president". There are also people connected to Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, including participants in a meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer before the election.

Cobb tells ABC News' podcast "The Investigation" he does not share President Donald Trump's opinion that Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the election is "a witch hunt". The US president has repeatedly cast doubt on the findings. It's not clear whether Mueller's investigation into possible Russian collusion with President Trump's campaign will condemn or clear Trump.

Cohen, who once said he would take a bullet for Trump, is due to report to prison on May 6 to begin a three-year sentence after pleading guilty last year to criminal charges including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

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A letter to Assange asks for "discussions or attempts to provide or receive election information, campaign data, or campaign communications with, to, or from foreign entities or individuals in connection with the 2016 U.S. Presidential primary or general elections".

Nadler demanded information from both Pecker and AMI about their involvement.

Eighty-one people, agencies and organizations were named by the committee as recipients of document requests, including Trump's adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, as well as his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is Ivanka's husband and a White House adviser.

The expansive new probe could pave the way toward possible impeachment proceedings against Trump.

In the middle of Michael Cohen's private testimony to the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, CNN reported the former Trump fixer provided the panel with documents allegedly showing President Donald Trump's attorneys edited false statements that Cohen made to Congress in 2017 regarding efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cobb says Mueller is a "very justice-oriented person".

■ The House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal, also said it was preparing to request 10 years of Trump's tax returns.

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