US House panel launches sweeping obstruction probe into Trump

Minnie Murray
March 6, 2019

The document request from the oversight panel comes amid questions about the Trump administration's truthfulness regarding how senior adviser Jared Kushner got his high-level security clearance after career security officials recommended against it.

"It's a disgrace to our country", he said of the document request.

The broad investigation could be setting the stage for an impeachment effort, although Democratic leaders have pledged to investigate all avenues and review special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming report before trying any drastic action.

Trump contended Monday he intends to cooperate - to some extent, at least - with House Democrats' demand for information. Under a little-known law passed in the 1920s, the chairman of the House Ways and Ways Means Committee can request any individual's tax return and the law says the secretary of the Treasury "shall" turn it over.

Democrats have launched a sweeping probe of Trump, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season.

Cohen told Congress in testimony last week that he was cooperating with Manhattan federal prosecutors on several ongoing probes and flagged other potential illegal activity by Trump.

Among them were aides to President Trump and his campaign, members of his family, business associates and others.

"When I'm asked, I give you what my thoughts are", Pascrell said.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House committee that would be in charge of impeachment says the panel is requesting documents Monday from more than 60 people from Trump's administration, family and business as part of a rapidly expanding Russian Federation investigation.

Trump's response points to his increasing frustration with Congress and his intention to seize on the investigations as evidence that he is under siege in Washington.

The House Intelligence Committee has reopened and expanded the committee's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

The House and Senate intelligence committees found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Ex-White House lawyer Ty Cobb (left) has praised Robert Mueller and defended his long-running investigation.

"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", she said.

"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", Mr Nadler said in a statement.

The committee voted February 26 to authorize its first round of subpoenas, which were sent to Attorney General William P. Barr, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar II requesting documents about the Administration's family separation policy at the southern border.

The officials declined to speak on the record in order to discuss the sensitive planning.

Nadler previewed the announcement on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, contending it's "very clear" that Trump obstructed justice.

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