House Judiciary Chairman Says the President Obstructed Justice

House Judiciary Chairman Says the President Obstructed Justice

House Judiciary Chairman Says the President Obstructed Justice

The broad requests from the House intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform committees ask for the substance of Trump and Putin's conversations in person and by phone and for information on whether those conversations had any impact on US foreign policy.

Democratic leaders have promised to investigate all issues thoroughly and to review special counsel Robert Mueller's report on alleged "collusion" between Trump and Russian officials during the 2016 campaign before taking any major action.

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.

Critics pointed to the President's firing of then-FBI Director James Comey in 2017 as a potential obstruction of justice, as Trump told NBC News he was thinking about the Russian Federation investigation when he chose to remove Comey.

"We're far from making decisions" about impeachment, he said.

"Over the last several years, President Trump has evaded accountability for his near-daily attacks on our basic legal, ethical, and constitutional rules and norms", House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in a statement. The panel also is looking at whether Trump has used the White House for personal enrichment in violation of the Constitution's emoluments clause.

While extremely broad, Nadler's inquiry focuses on abuse of power, public corruption and obstruction of justice since Trump became president, though some of the inquiries also deal with the campaign and the presidential transition.

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Trump has met with Putin five times since he was sworn in, including at least once when no other American was present.

Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff of California, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Eliot Engel of NY, the chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, signed the letters, which were sent to acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Nadler is also seeking to learn about communications regarding Trump's firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, as well as what occurred at a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower. Two of his children - Eric and Donald Trump Jr. - are also on the list of 81, as is son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Representatives for the White House and Justice Department said the requests are being reviewed.

The committee is requesting documents from more than 60 people. He tried to protect [former national security adviser Michael] Flynn from being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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

The top Democrats noted that Trump may have violated the Presidential Records Act if he destroyed any records relating to his communications with Putin.

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