U.S. House Democrats target Trump-Putin talks, obstruction

Ranking Member House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Doug Collins-(R-GA), spoke with Brian Kilmeade about House Democrats expanding their investigations into President Trump.

Nadler said some of the individuals receiving requests for documents will include people Cohen named at last week's hearing, including Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, and Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg.

Monday's barrage of requests from House Democrats comes as special counsel Robert Mueller is said to be nearing the end of his investigation into potentially illegal ties between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government.

Recipients reportedly have two weeks to comply with the requests for a variety of documents and communications before they would be subpoenaed by the committee, which Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) chairs.

Though the document demands are sweeping and appear to track over Mueller's probe, a committee counsel said the panel's jurisdiction squarely covers obstruction of justice and abuse of power issues.

Other high-profile names on the list include perennially embattled White House aide and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former White House counsel Don McGahn and the president's inaugural committee.

In a statement Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders acknowledged receipt of Nadler's letter to the White House and said officials "will review it and respond at the appropriate time".

The probe will try to ascertain, among other things, whether Trump obstructed justice by removing perceived enemies in the Justice Department such as ex-FBI Director James Comey.

Republicans in Congress accuse Democrats of pursuing an impeachment agenda as part of a political strategy to reclaim the White House in the 2020 election.

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

House Democrats past year unsuccessfully sought to force Gross to testify about the summit, saying Trump's extraordinary actions required extraordinary measures in turn.

Trump and Putin met privately in Helsinki in July for more than two hours with only interpreters present.

The three chairmen on Monday cited reports that Trump "seized notes pertaining to at least one meeting he held with President Putin" and directed an interpreter to not discuss with other United States officials the substance of the communications.

Nadler previewed the announcement on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, contending it's "very clear" that Trump obstructed justice.

The White House confirmed Monday it had received a letter from Nadler.

The committee staff coordinated the document request with Mueller's office, federal prosecutors in Manhattan (SDNY) and other committees conducting their own investigations, a House counsel said.

Democrats seized control of the US House in early January.

In a tweet on Sunday, Trump blasted Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, calling it a partisan probe unfairly aimed at discrediting his win in the 2016 presidential election.

  • Sonia Alvarado