Former White House spokesman to cooperate with Congress probe

06 March, 2019, 14:54 | Author: Emmett Rice
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President Donald Trump's former lawyer is returning to Capitol Hill for a fourth day of testimony as Democrats pursue a flurry of investigations into Trump's White House, businesses and presidential campaign. "Trump did what he always does when he feels down", he said.

After Democrats reclaimed the House majority in January, they launched a series of investigations into the president's family business, his taxes, and payments to women who claimed to have had affairs with him - among other areas of interest.

WASHINGTON - Some of President Donald Trump's closest advisers, including his daughter Ivanka, were missing from a list of people from whom Democratic lawmakers sought documents on Monday, but she could conceivably be targeted next, the committee chairman said.

While admitting there was no evidence yet uncovered to support the allegation that Trump has actually engaged in any criminal activity, Nadler asserted, "Our goal is to hold the administration accountable for the obstruction of justice, the abuse of power and the corruption". (The probe was started in 2017 and formally ended a year ago after its then-Republican leadership concluded there was no collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign). 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.

Wikileaks, and its founder Julian Assange, have also been sent documents requests by the committee. ABC's commentators are skeptical about this, claiming that Trump tweeted about pardons, but only very generally and nothing in direct or even indirect reference to the Mueller probe.

Trump said Democrats have fired the starting gun on the 2020 presidential campaign in an effort he's dubbed "presidential harassment".

Yesterday, the White House rejected a request from House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, who asked for documents regarding the security clearance process.

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If the American people are to expect any accountability in the White House, then, it must be through Congress. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff made an important hire by bringing in former prosecutor of Russian organized crime Daniel Goldman.

Their requests hone in on a number of actions by the president that might support this conclusion: the dismissal of Trump's national security aide Michael Flynn, the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, and Trump's alleged pressure on attorney general Jeff Sessions and several senior Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials seen as not loyal or hostile. "But we're going to initiate proper investigations ... there can be crimes that are impeachable offenses and impeachable offenses that are not crimes".

"We don't have the facts yet", Nadler said.

Hume said Nadler would be moving straight to impeachment proceedings if he possessed evidence of obstruction of justice.

It also will address accusations of campaign finance law violations and potential violations of the US Constitution's ban on foreign emoluments.

The letters to Hicks and Spicer ask them to turn over any work diaries, journals or "a description of daily events related to your employment" by Trump.



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