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House Democrats announce broad probe into allegations of obstruction of justice

House Democrats announce broad probe into allegations of obstruction of justice

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.

In a letter to the White House and State Department, the House intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform panels sent broad requests for details about Trump and Putin's private meetings by phone and in person.

The announcement of the committee's probe comes just ahead of the much-anticipated conclusion of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation. While the tax panel has not asked for the documents yet, lawyers for the committee have instructed other panels to help make the case to the public about why the forms are essential to investigating the president.

President Trump has accused Democrats of a witch hunt.

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

The list of 81 names touches on all parts of Trump's life - his businesses, his campaign, the committee that oversaw the transition from campaign to the White House and the White House.

Trump told a group of conservative activists and politicians on Saturday that investigators want to look at his finances and business dealings because no evidence of collusion has been found. Sanders, who is the daughter of 2008/2016 GOP presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, also described the investigation as an attempt to hide Democrats' desire to kill babies, promote socialism and "bankrupt America".

Numerous people who receive requests were asked about hush money payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels, who alleged she had an affair with Donald Trump. He said that Trump's former long-time personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, in his lengthy public testimony to Congress last week, "directly implicated the president in - in various crimes, both while seeking the office of president and while in the White House".

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The latest letter - what House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., warned was his "final" request for voluntary compliance - followed news that Trump personally instructed his former chief of staff John Kelly to give Kushner a security clearance. It also includes his embattled charitable foundation, which he is shutting down after agreeing to a court-supervised process, and officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department.

The committee expects some people to produce right away, and others may eventually face subpoenas, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

But the Democratic congressman said "we do not have the evidence" to start an impeachment procedure against the president.

"It's very clear that the president obstructed justice", Nadler asserted.

However, there has not been any factual information released thus far that has built a bipartisan coalition for the impeachment or removal of the president.

Trump maintains that his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation and has repeatedly attacked the investigation, Mueller and the Mueller staff on Twitter.

"We don't even know what the Mueller report says, but Democrats are already hedging their bets", Collins said. Following their private interactions, Trump in a press conference failed to condemn Putin for Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, appearing to accept Putin's denials over the USA intelligence community's assessment that Russia tried to interfere in the presidential race, with "a clear preference" for Trump.