US House panel launches sweeping obstruction probe into Trump

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House Democrats sent more than 80 letters today demanding documents from family members, business associates, political confidants and others with connections to US President Donald Trump.

In a letter to the White House, the committee asks for information surrounding former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's termination, communications with Justice Department officials, the Trump Tower meeting and multiple other matters.

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are coming for President Donald Trump.

The committee also said today's tranche of requests would not be the last, suggesting investigations by House Democrats could become broader still with time.

They said that the White House did not respond to queries they made in February about if those records were preserved. "Equally, we must protect and respect the work of Special Counsel, but we can not rely on others to do the investigative work for us".

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., charged Sunday the Democrat chairman of the Judiciary Committee has been focused on impeaching President Donald Trump since the day he was elected. "It's very clear that the president obstructed justice".

"On February 21, 2019, we wrote a joint letter to the White House requesting basic information about whether the President in fact destroyed records relating to his conversations with President Putin-in violation of the Presidential Records Act-or if he did not, where those records are now located", the letter from the Democrats stated.

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The House Judiciary Committee is looking into "alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption, and other abuses of power" by the president.

Besides Comey's firing, prosecutors appear to be examining Trump's role in crafting the misleading Air Force One statement in 2017 on the now-infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians attended by Trump Jr. "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", he said.

"Investigating these threats to the rule of law in an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee", he added. "This guy at least, and most people on the Democratic side, are going to switch the thing and say, well, 'Oh [Mueller] can't prove collusion, but that was never the point'".

The probe comes following mid-term elections in the United States that gave Democrats a majority over Trump's Republicans in the House. They include former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former Trump adviser Roger Stone, and former lawyer Michael Cohen.

The list of 81 names touches on all parts of Trump's life, including his businesses, his campaign, the committee that oversaw the transition from campaign to the White House and the White House.

Nadler said Mueller and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan are aware of the committee's action.

Trump suggested on Monday that he will cooperate with the investigation.