The United States House Judiciary Committee announced on Sunday that it will request documents from over 60 entities and individuals in a sweeping new investigation into allegations of abuse of power and obstruction of justice by US President Donald Trump.
Regarding the Mueller probe, ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos asked Nadler, "Do you think the president obstructed justice?"
Mr Nadler isn't calling the inquiry an impeachment investigation but said House Democrats, now in the majority, are simply doing "our job to protect the rule of law" after Republicans during the first two years of Trump's term were "shielding the president from any proper accountability".
Speaking on ABC News, Nadler said his panel's more than 60 targets include the President's son Donald Trump jnr; Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organisation; and the Justice Department.
"It's very clear that the president obstructed justice", he added, noting, however, that it was too soon to consider whether impeachment should be pursued. "And if you then say, because the president can not be indicted, you're not going to give the evidence of his crimes, if any, to the public, you're saying the president can not be held accountable".
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.
The Judiciary Committee probe, as described by Nadler, would supplement the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller focused on ties between Russian Federation and Trump's business and campaign. "He's dangled pardons. He's intimidated witnesses in public".
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He said the committee on Monday would release the list of people and organisations it would request documents from. "Show me where the president did anything to be impeached". "It's very clear that the president obstructed justice".
Trump told a group of conservative activists and politicians on Saturday that investigators want to look at his finances and business dealings because no evidence of collusion has been found.
"Yeah, it is a high bar", Mr. Nadler said.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also appeared on This Week after Nadler.
"If we find facts that clearly impugn the integrity of the president and potentially reveal crimes, we just don't have a choice", he said.
"I think Congressman Nadler made a decision to impeach the president the day the president won the election", McCarthy said.
Several Democratic representatives have called for impeaching Trump, even introducing articles of impeachment on multiple occasions. "I still don't know, they don't have to tell me, but I still don't know whether anyone in the Trump administration at the most senior levels ever got a read out".