White House blasts Democrats' 'disgraceful and abusive' probe

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"Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee".

The new probes signal that now that Democrats hold a majority in the House, Trump's legal and political peril is nowhere near over, even as the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation winds down. "And so they've started to move on and go on, what appears to be at least, a potential fishing expedition".

It is also an indication of the Democrats' current strategy - to flood the administration with oversight requests, keeping Trump and his associates on trial publicly and also playing a long game when it comes to possible impeachment.

At the White House, Mr Trump was asked if he would cooperate with Mr Nadler's probe.

Trump has said Cohen "did bad things unrelated to Trump" and "is lying in order to reduce his prison time". "It's all a hoax".

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

A day after Democrats won control of the House, the president warned he would create gridlock in Washington by going to a "war-like posture" if he determined their probes of his 2016 campaign, businesses and presidency were going too far.

Son-in-law Jared Kushner and the Trump Organisation's longtime chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, were among the 81 people and organisations - such as the National Rifle Association - receiving letters from the panel's Democratic chairman Jerry Nadler. His televised February 27 testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform was followed by a rapid expansion of Democratic investigations focusing on Trump.

Several other committees are probing related matters, and while many might overlap, the leaders say they are working together on the investigations.

Beginning a sweeping investigation that could shadow Trump as he runs for re-election, the panel sent letters to 81 people asking a flurry of questions about Trump's activities before and after he was elected president.

Cohen pleaded guilty November 29 in the special counsel's investigation to lying to Congress in 2017 about the extent of his efforts to secure a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Numerous people the committee is seeking documents from have already cooperated with special counsel Robert Mueller or other investigations related to the President.

According to a Monmouth University Poll conducted after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen testified before Congress, 42% of Americans back impeachment and removal, an increase from 36% who felt the same way in the previous poll.

The request asks American Media for "all documents that relate to the purchase of rights for any narrative, personal account, documentation, recording, or photograph (including but not limited to materials colloquially referred to as "catch and kill") concerning Donald Trump from June 2015 to the present".

The officials declined to speak on the record in order to discuss the sensitive planning.

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.

"I'm more concerned about his policy than his personality, however when the facts are known then we can make the judgement", she said.



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