House panel casts wide net in obstruction probe

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Published on March 4, 2019 - Duration: 02:02s

House panel casts wide net in obstruction probe

A powerful U.S. congressional panel on Monday demanded documents from a who’s who of President Donald Trump’s turbulent world, targeting 81 people, government agencies and other groups as part of an investigation into possible obstruction of justice or abuse of power.

Nathan Frandino has more.

House panel casts wide net in obstruction probe

The House Judiciary Committee on Monday delivered a SWEEPING DEMAND for DOCUMENTS to the Trump administration and beyond, as it powered up a host of investigations into alleged corruption, obstruction, and abuse of power by President Donald Trump, his family and top aides.

The Democrat-led panel said it has served document requests on some 81 government agencies, entities and individuals.

In a statement, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said, "We have seen the damage done to our democratic institutions in the two years that the Congress refused to conduct responsible oversight.

Congress must provide a check on abuses of power." The list of those targeted includes ex-administration figures like fired attorney general Jeff Sessions, former White House counsel Don McGahn, and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who is awaiting sentencing for lying about his contacts with Russia.

Also on the list: family members Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner.

And former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who on Capitol Hill last week reeled off a list of alleged crimes involving Trump.

Nadler also sent his demand to entities such as the Trump campaign, transition team, and foundation.

In a statement, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, "The Counsel's Office and relevant White House officials will review it and respond at the appropriate time." Nadler cited Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey as evidence of obstruction.

Comey was then leading an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign, which Trump has repeatedly denied.

That investigation is now under Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Republican leader Kevin McCarthy attacked Nadler as having an impeachment agenda.

The House Judiciary Committee would be the panel to originate and oversee a potential impeachment.

Nadler said it was too soon to consider whether impeachment should be pursued.

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