Democrats launch sweeping probe targeting dozens in Trump orbit

President Donald Trump departs after a signing ceremony for an executive order on a “National Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End Veteran Suicide,” in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Tuesday

Nadler said he would investigate possible obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power.

The House Judiciary Committee already reportedly tapped "81 people and entities-including the White House, the Justice Department, senior campaign officials, Trump Organization officials and the President's sons" on topics that include "possible corruption, obstruction of justice, hush-money payments to women, collusion with Russian Federation and allegations of the President abusing his office and using it for personal gain".

The House Oversight and Reform Committee is starting an investigation into the handling of security clearances by Trump's White House and presidential transition. "The president may choose to share, or not share the contents of those conversations publicly as such discussions like all diplomatic discussions are often sensitive in nature", the spokesman said, urging the panels to respect Trump's authority to conduct foreign policy.

Trump called the Russian Federation investigation a "witch hunt" on Twitter at least eight times from when Cobb took over the White House legal team on July 31, 2017, through March 2018 - roughly two months before he resigned.

On Monday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., sent 81 letters to Trump's family and associates seeking documents and information. It is one of several probes Democrats have launched in recent weeks as they delve deeper into Trump's political and personal dealings. White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said that Cobb did a terrific job as Trump's lawyer.

Nadler told ABC television's This Week that such action would be "a long way down the road".

The committee has the power to compel the White House to answer by issuing a subpoena, but Cummings only vaguely threatened to consider the option.

Nadler's committee aims to determine whether the Republican president obstructed justice by possibly offering pardons or tampering with witnesses and by ousting perceived enemies, such as former FBI Director James Comey.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called the House probe "a disgraceful and abusive investigation into exhausted, false allegations".

Michael Cohen became a key figure in those investigations after turning on his former boss and cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

Roger Stone, Mr Trump's confidant, who is now under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for allegedly lying to prosecutors about his communications with Wikileaks during the presidential campaign, is also receiving a request from the committee.

"We're far from making decisions" about impeachment, he said. "But we're going to initiate proper investigations".

Co-host Sunny Hostin (above left) also urged Democrats to investigate seriously whether or not Trump violated the Emoluments Clause. Republicans in Congress have made clear they will fight the attempt by Democrats to get Trump's tax returns - insisting that the effort is entirely political and amounts to an invasion of privacy.

In morning tweets yesterday, Mr Trump asserted that letters sent on Monday were meant to harass "innocent people" and were borne of frustration among Democrats for not being able to prove coordination between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election. "After recklessly prejudging the president for obstruction, Chairman Nadler is pursuing evidence to back up his conclusion because, as he admits, 'We don't have the facts yet'".

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