US House committee seeks Trump corruption evidence

Jerrold Nadler

Jerrold Nadler

Democrats are unleashing a deluge of investigations into President Donald Trump's businesses, behavior, and conflicts of interest - setting up the potential for a years-long struggle with the White House and its allies for potentially damning information about inappropriate or criminal acts.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Monday acknowledged receipt of the committee's request.

Chairmen Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee, Elliot Engel of Foreign Affairs and Elijah Cummings of Oversight addressed the letters to Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Sec. of State Mike Pompeo.

Congressional investigators announced on Monday that they have already served 81 separate document production requests to various individuals, entities and government agencies as part of an ongoing probe into alleged obstruction of justice by the Trump White House.

Top Democratic lawmakers vowed Sunday to step up their investigations of U.S. President Donald Trump and his connections to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

Kelly wrote an internal memo about how he had been "ordered" to give Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, a top-secret security clearance previous year, overruling concerns from intelligence officials and the White House's top lawyer, The New York Times reported last week.

The House Judiciary Committee has launched a sweeping probe into President Donald Trump to discern if his Administration and associates obstructed justice and engaged in public corruption or any other abuse of power.

"We are going to initiate investigations into abuses of power, into corruption and into obstruction of justice", Mr Nadler said. "Congress must provide a check on abuses of power".

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Other demands for documents are directed to institutions including the White House, the Justice Department, the Trump campaign, the Trump transition team and the Trump Organisation.

"If you have collusion or if you have evidence put it on the table", Collins said. "It's a political hoax".

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands in Helsinki, on July 16.

The Democrats believe Trump should be impeached for obstruction of justice and what they call collusion with Russian Federation.

The aggressive, broad investigation could set the stage for impeachment, although Democratic leaders have pledged to investigate all avenues and review special counsel Robert Mueller's report before taking drastic action. Democrats might even be able to rope in a few Trump-skeptical Republicans to vote for impeachment, like Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI).

"They're discrediting America and they dislike this president so much they won't give him an opportunity to try to denuclearize North Korea that they would have a hearing on that day", he said.

The documents will be used by the committee to determine which witnesses to call to testify in the coming months, according to the official.

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