On Monday, March 4, 2019, the House Judiciary Committee announced that it is requesting documents from 81 people or entities as part of a probe into potential obstruction of justice, corruption, and abuse of power by President Donald Trump and his associates. This is the first major move by Rep. Jerry Nadler, the new chair of the committee, with potential of leading to impeachment of President Donald Trump.
The only committee that can recommend President Trump’s impeachment is now looking into potential pardons, abuses of power and witness tampering. Chris Jansing is joined by NBC’s Heidi Przybyla, former Republican Congressman Ryan Costello, Democratic Strategist Basil Smikle, and Business Insider Senior Reporter Sonam Sheth to dig into the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation, in the video “House Judiciary Cmte. To Request Docs From 60+ People In Donald Trump Probe, Velshi & Ruhle, MSNBC“, below:
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler announced a sweeping investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign, businesses, transition and administration that would lay the groundwork for Democrats if they choose to pursue impeachment proceedings against the President, in the video “Burnett to Nadler: Why isn’t Ivanka Trump on your list?“, below:
House Ways and Means Committee also has definitely begun to acquire Trump’s tax returns by sending a request to IRS. But the Treasury Secretary may refuse that request. Democrats will “take all necessary steps” to obtain the president’s tax returns, for they have the legal right as well as legislative reason to obtain these tax returns. If Treasury Secretary refuse such a request, House Democrats may subpoena documents from Deutsche Bank or bringing in Trump’s bookkeeper Allen Weisselberg.
According to a recent poll by NBC/Wall Street Journal, only 37% of the Americans believe that President Donald Trump has been “honest and truthful” when it comes to the Russia investigation.
The public testimony from Michael Cohen is reverberating through the political world, as a Congressional committee follows up on the threads he dangled in his hearing. Ali Velshi is joined by NBC’s Mike Memoli, former Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks, and former federal prosecutor Cathy Fleming to discuss the more than 80 people who received document requests from House Judiciary Committee and how the committee will prepare for this large investigation, in the video “House Judiciary Committee Launches Probe Into Donald Trump, 80+Others, Velshi & Ruhle, MSNBC“, below:
Washington Post’s Devlin Barrett, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, former Chief of Staff at the CIA and Pentagon Jeremy Bash, Associated Press’ Jonathan Lemire, and former DNC senior advisor Doug Thornell on the House Judiciary Committee demanding documents from over 80 people in Trump’s orbit, in the video “Trump In The House Judiciary Hot Seat Over Businesses, WH, And Family, Deadline, MSNBC“, below:
While questioning Trump’s former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen before Congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) asked pointed questions about various Trump properties, including the Trump Golf Links in New York, in the video “Ocasio-Cortez may have opened door to Trump’s taxes“, below:
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For House Judiciary Committee Unveils Investigation into Threats Against the Rule of Law, March 4, 2019, in italics, below, and click HERE.
Investigation will extend to allegations of corruption, obstruction, and abuses of power.
Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) unveiled an investigation by the House Judiciary Committee into the alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption, and other abuses of power by President Trump, his associates, and members of his Administration. As a first step, the Committee has served document requests to 81 agencies, entities, and individuals believed to have information relevant to the investigation.
“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,” said Chairman Jerrold Nadler. “Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee. We have seen the damage done to our democratic institutions in the two years that the Congress refused to conduct responsible oversight. Congress must provide a check on abuses of power. Equally, we must protect and respect the work of Special Counsel Mueller, but we cannot rely on others to do the investigative work for us. Our work is even more urgent after senior Justice Department officials have suggested that they may conceal the work of the Special Counsel’s investigation from the public.
“We have sent these document requests in order to begin building the public record. The Special Counsel’s office and the Southern District of New York are aware that we are taking these steps. 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. This is a critical time for our nation, and we have a responsibility to investigate these matters and hold hearings for the public to have all the facts. That is exactly what we intend to do.”
The Committee’s investigation will cover three main areas:
Obstruction of Justice, including the possibility of interference by the President and others in a number of criminal investigations and other official proceedings, as well as the alleged cover-up of violations of the law;
Public Corruption, including potential violations of the emoluments clauses of the U.S. Constitution, conspiracy to violate federal campaign and financial reporting laws, and other criminal misuses of official positions for personal gain; and
Abuses of Power, including attacks on the press, the judiciary, and law enforcement agencies; misuse of the pardon power and other presidential authorities; and attempts to misuse the power of the Office of the Presidency.
A list of individuals served with document requests today can be found here and below, with links to their respective letters:
For two years, in the absence of responsible oversight by the Republican Majority, House Judiciary Committee Democrats wrote over one hundred letters to the White House, the Administration, and House Republican Leadership documenting the failings of the Trump Administration and demanding accountability.
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