U.S. House panel casts wide net in Trump obstruction probe

The House oversight committee, for instance, has set a Monday deadline for the White House to turn over documents related to security clearances after The New York Times reported that the President ordered officials to grant his son-in-law Jared Kushner's clearance over the objections of national security officials.

Committee chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler said the panel is sending document requests to 81 people linked to Trump, as a way to "begin building the public record" for the sweeping probe.

The investigation was subsequently taken over by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is expected to end his investigation and report his findings to Attorney General William Barr in coming weeks.

The White House and the Trump Organization find themselves suddenly besieged by investigations by Democrats in the House, who regained their majority there in the 2018 midterm elections.

Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), and House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Eliot Engel (NY) made the demand in separate letters to White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to the Hill.

President Donald Trump speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, March 4, 2019.

Nadler said he believed such an order constituted an example of the president's "abuse of power" that his committee would like to know more about.

The President has repeatedly rejected the allegations against him.

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

They say the first step is to initiate proper investigations, which were missing in the first two years of Trump's presidency, when his fellow Republicans controlled the House of Representatives.

On Monday, the House Judiciary sent out a request for documents to 81 individuals and entities that might shed light on criminal wrongdoing on the part of the president.

A half-dozen House committees are now probing alleged coordination between Trump associates and Russia's efforts to sway the 2016 election, the President's tax returns and possible conflicts of interest involving the Trump family business and policy-making. "I cooperate all the time with everybody", he said before adding: "You know the handsome thing?" The panel also is looking at whether Trump has used the White House for personal enrichment in violation of the Constitution's emoluments clause.

Cohen has been sentenced to prison for three years after pleading guilty to financial crimes and to lying to Congress that Trump's Russian business overtures ended in January 2016 at the outset of the presidential campaign.

Warner said he will reach his decision on whether Trump colluded with Russian Federation to help him win the election after more investigation.

Now that Democrats hold a majority in the House, the new probe is a sign that Mr Trump's legal and political peril is nowhere near over, even as Mr Mueller's Russian Federation investigation winds down.

Several U.S. congressional committees are pursuing investigations focusing on Trump.

  • Tracy Klein