House Democrats open new probe into Trump-Putin talks

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler D-N.Y. questions Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker as he appears before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler D-N.Y. questions Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker as he appears before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said 81 individuals, entities and agencies close to the president received document requests, including sons Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

The Judiciary Committee listed Trump family members, current and former business employees, Republican campaign staffers and former White House aides, as well as the FBI, White House and WikiLeaks were listed as recipients of documents requests.

The investigation appears to be focused on Trump's business dealings, possible collusion with Russian Federation, and obstruction of justice allegations. 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. "Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee".

The House Judiciary Committee is launching a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump, his White House, his campaign and his businesses.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee received testimony from Cohen last Wednesday in a high-profile hearing where the president's former lawyer accused Trump of lying to the public about his business interests in Russian Federation, his role in silencing women who alleged sexual encounters during the 2016 election and his knowledge of WikiLeaks's hacked material damaging Clinton.

The letter noted that the House has previously requested basic information to about whether Trump destroyed records of his meetings with Putin, but that request was ignored.

More document requests are expected after this first wave, according to a committee counsel.

The letters include requests for information on the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower attended by Kushner, Trump Jr, now-jailed former campaign manager Paul Manafort, and a Russian lawyer reportedly close to the Kremlin, and documents surrounding the termination of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

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The White House said Monday that it has received the request and would respond at the "appropriate time".

They are also requesting information from the Trump Organization, the Trump Foundation, Trump Transition and Trump Campaign, as well as documents from the parent company of The National Inquirer, American Media Inc. The committee expects some people to produce right away, and others may eventually face subpoenas, the official said.

The announcement of the new investigation follows a bad political week for the president.

Cohen last week alleged that in July 2016 he overheard a phone call between Trump and longtime adviser Roger Stone in which Stone said he had just spoken to Assange, who within "a couple of days" would release "a massive dump of emails that would damage Hillary Clinton's campaign".

McCarthy said that despite the nonstop fishing expeditions endorsed by partisan Democrats in the House, no evidence has yet been presented that would point to an impeachable offense. "I am an innocent man being persecuted by some very bad, conflicted & corrupt people in a Witch Hunt that is illegal & should never have been allowed to start - And only because I won the Election!" he wrote.

Mr Nadler said he believed Mr Trump had obstructed justice.

Mueller is investigating Russian intervention in the 2016 election and whether Trump's campaign conspired with Russia.

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