WASHINGTON — Democrat House leaders on Monday launched a full-scale attack on Donald Trump, his business and family members in the hopes of scoring some dirt on the much-embattled president.
Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Monday that document requests were sent to 81 people connected to the president, business associates and his presidential campaign.
According to Nadler, the investigation will center around allegations of obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power.
The document requests, with responses to most due by March 18, are a way to “begin building the public record” and to carry out the responsibilities the committee has to investigate and hold public hearings, Nadler said.
“Over the last several years, President Trump has evaded accountability for his near-daily attacks on our basic legal, ethical, and constitutional rules and norms,” Nadler said while announcing the probe. “Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee.”
Among those to receive letters from the committee are Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr.; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and the former top White House aides Hope Hicks, Sean Spicer, and Steve Bannon—all of whom have already testified before Congress relating to the various probes into Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.
In an interview with The Washington Times on Saturday, Nadler admitted that his committee was still a “long way” from launching impeachment proceedings. “We do not now have the evidence all sorted out to do an impeachment,” Nadler told ABC’s This Week. “Before you impeach somebody, you have to persuade the American people that it ought to happen.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy scoffed at the Nadler’s latest probe, saying Democrats are simply desperate to find anything they think they can possibly use against the president.
“There’s no collusion,” McCarthy said, “so they want to build something else.”