Nadler, a Democrat in the House of Representatives, will ask for documents from people with links to the White House and the Trump Organization. The investigations reach far beyond Mueller's focus of Russian interference and collusion in the 2016 campaign. In his public testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Cohen called the president a "con man" and a "cheat" and gave Democrats several new leads for inquiry.
The committee is reopening and expanding an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election that the Republican majority closed previous year.
So. Did the Trump campaign collude with Russian Federation?
"According to media reports, President Trump, on multiple occasions, appears to have taken steps to hide the details of his communications with President Putin from other administration officials, Congress, and the American people", committee chairmen Adam Schiff, Elliot Engel and Elijah Cummings wrote in a statement. NY prosecutors also are looking into Mr. Trump's inaugural fund.
The committee interviewed Cohen in private on Thursday and will finish the interview this coming Wednesday. But McCarthy said the president has the right to decide who advises him and who doesn't. "That is where I would focus", said Karen Finney, a Democratic strategist not affiliated with any presidential campaign.
In the last week, partly through Cohen's testimony, it has become clear that even if the special counsel does not find direct wrongdoing by the President, Trump's legal troubles will linger deep into his presidency and probably beyond. The chairman, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, said afterward that he wanted to call in several people mentioned repeatedly by Cohen.
Trump came under fire a few weeks ago for granting his son-in-law Jared Kushner a security clearance despite the government's advice not to. Last Tuesday, the committee voted to subpoena administration officials over family separations at the southern border. They took also the Chairman posts in the committees. Instead, the heating and air-conditioning business owner fears the report could prove a political landmine for overzealous Democrats trying to take down a president they despise. He said that would include officials from the Justice Department, Weisselberg of the Trump Organization and Donald Trump Jr.
Jurgen Klopp Following Liverpool Draw
We could have been 10 points behind if Liverpool had beaten us, but now we are pushing them. If you sign up to a service by clicking one of the links, we may earn a referral fee.
Democrats want to know whether Trump sought to illegally obstruct the Justice Department's investigation into possible collusion with Russian Federation. It's unclear. Then-acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said in January that the probe is "close to being completed", the first official sign that Mr. Mueller's investigation may be wrapping up.
No matter who the Dems are eventually going to send to run in the 2020 race, that candidate is definitely going to seize on Trump's numerous scandals as ammunition against him.
There is no guarantee that the congressional requests for documents will be met. "The president gets to make that decision". She says Democrats should remember the consequences Republicans faced for overplaying their hands at that time. That could mean nearly anything; Schiff's committee can - and most certainly will - investigate Trump for the rest of the president's term.
Unfortunately, more than two years into his office as president, Trump appears to be a bit long on talk but short on real results.
"Oh my God yes, of course the Democrats will overreact and overhype this", she said.
And they are pursuing documents and information that might show whether Trump illegally dangled pardons to former aides to discourage them from implicating him in any crimes. "We're waiting for a report by people that weren't elected", Trump said at CPAC.
Engel has said that the committee will hold hearings "on the mysteries swirling around Trump's weird relationship with Putin and his cronies, and how those dark dealings affect our national security".