Democrats demand files from Trump's inner circle

Minnie Murray
March 4, 2019

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said that he plans to request documents from scores of people and organisations connected to US President Donald Trump as part of an inquiry that could eventually lead to Trump's impeachment. "But what we have to do is protect the rule of law".

Democrat Jerrold Nadler said on ABC News' This Week that the targets include the president's son Donald Trump Jr; Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organisation; and the US Justice Department.

Jerry Nadler (D-NY) set a pretty high bar by saying that lawmakers must "persuade" Trump voters before Donald Trump can be impeached and removed from office.

While Special Counsel Robert Mueller is very specifically investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any potential collusion with the Russians or efforts to obstruct that probe by members of Trump's campaign or administration, Nadler said "we have to focus much more broadly on [issues like] abuses of power".

That investigation was subsequently taken over by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is expected to deliver his findings to the USA attorney general within weeks.

On "This Week", Nadler also cited what he called Trump's attempts to intimidate witnesses in the investigation.

Neither the Trump Organization or the White House have responded to Nadler's comments.

The House Intelligence Committee's Democratic chairman, Adam Schiff, said his panel would look closely at negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, which Cohen said continued well into the 2016 presidential campaign. We now know as well, in one of the questions I still am trying to get answered, is that frankly embarrassing meeting between Trump and Putin where on the world stage, the President of the United States kowtowed to the Russian president.

Mr Nadler accused the Republicans of "shielding the president from any proper accountability" during the first two years of his term and said that...

Weisselberg was granted immunity in August by federal prosecutors for providing information on former Trump attorney Michael Cohen's role in hush money payments to women alleging affairs with Trump. We don't have the facts yet.

"We have to do the investigations and get all this", Nadler told This Week host George Stephanopoulos.

Mr Nadler said his committee will seek to review the Mueller report but stressed the investigation "goes far beyond collusion".

We will judge the matter exclusively on the evidence collected and presented.

Democrats in the United States House of Representatives announced their intention on Sunday to begin collecting documents and other evidence as part of an investigation that could ultimately lead to the impeachment of USA president Donald Trump.

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