US House widens Trump obstruction probe

House Judiciary Committee to request documents from dozens including Donald Trump Jr. to begin investigation into obstruction of justice

Donald Trump Jr. is among the individuals from whom the committee will request documents

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

"Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee", he said.

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

Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney of U.S. President Donald Trump, is flanked by his attorneys Lanny Davis (L) and Mike Monico (R) as he testifies before a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 27, 2019.

Republicans see the probe by the judiciary committee is part of a larger effort by House Democrats to use investigative powers to hamstring Trump and his 2020 campaign, a tactic the president calls "presidential harassment".

"All the people on the list have given information already", Nadler said, either to Special Counsel Robert Mueller for his probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election or to federal prosecutors for the Southern District of NY in their corruption probe.

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Asked if Ivanka Trump could conceivably be on the next list of people from whom information is sought, the Democratic lawmaker told CNN: "Conceivably certainly, I can't say".

The information gathered by the Judiciary Committee, along with that in the yet-to-be-released report by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump campaign links to Russian Federation and obstruction allegations, could form the basis of impeachment proceedings against Trump.

Among the people listed in the request for documents include some of Trump's closest associates and family members, including his two sons - Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner, his campaign manager Brad Parscale, former aides Hope Hicks and Don McGahn and longtime employees of the Trump Organization like chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, and Rhona Graff, a longtime gatekeeper to Trump. "You know the attractive thing?"

The move all but guarantees that potentially damaging allegations will shadow Trump for months to come as Democrats try to keep them in the public eye. No collusion. It's all a hoax.

Nadler's committee aims to determine whether the Republican president obstructed justice by possibly offering pardons or tampering with witnesses and by ousting perceived enemies, such as former FBI Director James Comey. "It's a political hoax". Representatives for the White House and Justice Department said the requests are being reviewed. "We will act quickly to gather this information, assess the evidence, and follow the facts where they lead with full transparency with the American people".

Warner said he will reach his decision on whether Trump colluded with Russian Federation to help him win the election after more investigation. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday the White House had received the letter and that "the counsel's office and relevant White House officials will review it and respond at the appropriate time". To get to the point where those articles are written and approved by a Judiciary Committee majority (of Democrats and, ideally, constitutional-conservative Republicans), however, inquiries and investigations must proceed, hearings must be held, witnesses will nearly certainly have to be subpoenaed. Democrats say Cohen's testimony before the House Oversight Committee last week directly implicated Trump in various crimes including campaign finance violations.

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