United States: Democrats launch extensive investigation into Donald Trump

    United States: Democrats launch extensive investigation into Donald Trump

    A powerful Democrat-led parliamentary commission requires documents from over 80 personalities in the 45th US president's entourage - including two of his sons and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

    A Congressional Committee of the United States on Monday launched an all-out offensive against Donald Trump, calling on no less than 81 individuals and institutions to provide him with documents as part of an investigation into possible obstructions to justice and abuse. power. Members of the US president's family, including his son, Eric Trump, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are among those solicited by the powerful, democratically controlled House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.

    Elected officials have also sought out documents from current and former members of the Trump administration, such as former Justice Minister Jeff Sessions, and officials from the White House, the FBI, the Trump Organization, and even from Wikileaks. Key figures include Allen Weisselberg, Chief Financial Officer of the Trump Organization, President Jay Sekulow's personal attorney, former White House officials such as Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer, and Hope Hicks, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Cambridge Analytica is also mentioned.

    Ammunition for a possible "impeachment"

    In letters, the commission urges them to release documents by March 18. If they refuse, subpoenas may be issued against them. A lawyer from the Judiciary Committee told the press that in the immediate term, the purpose of the investigation was to gather evidence to help guide the investigations and to determine which witnesses would be summoned later. Elected officials will notably seek to determine whether Trump has committed obstruction of justice by dismissing officials from the Justice Department, such as former FBI leader James Comey, or abusing his authority. promising presidential pardon to former relatives prosecuted or by tampering with witnesses.

    "We have seen the damage done to our democratic institutions during the two years Congress has refused to exercise its supervisory authority," said the powerful chairman of the commission, Jerrold Nadler. "Congress must control abuses of power." Sunday, "Jerry" Nadler, elected from the House of Representatives, explained that the 45th President of the United States had clearly been guilty of obstructing justice against the investigation of the special prosecutor Robert Mueller on possible collusion with Russia. These new investigations and the multitude of documents required could provide the Democrats with ammunition if they launched a possible procedure of impeachment, or "impeachment", against Donald Trump.

    "The road is still long"

    Democrats took the majority in the House in January, with the promise to launch numerous parliamentary inquiries against the president, after two years of Republican majority. But congressional Democratic leaders still seem reluctant to play the "impeachment" card that seems difficult to achieve as long as Republicans control the Senate - since it is before the upper house that the President would then be judged - and could prove to be totally counterproductive from an electoral point of view, since it ultimately risks galvanizing the president's base. "There is still a long way to impeachment," said Jerrold Nadler, speaking in an interview on ABC Sunday.

    "The White House has received the letter from the Judiciary Committee," spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement. The legal services and concerned White House officials "will study it and respond to it in due course," she added. When White House correspondents asked him if he was willing to cooperate with the commission, Donald Trump, who described the new investigation as a "phony", promised to cooperate. "I cooperate with everybody all the time," he said.

    Survey on trade with Putin

    The US president was already the target of an investigation by five congressional committees, in addition to that of the special prosecutor Robert Mueller on the interference of Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign and the possible collusion between Moscow and his campaign team. Three powerful committees of the US House of Representatives, controlled by the Democrats, have also asked Monday at the White House to communicate the details of meetings and exchanges between Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Last January, the Washington Post said there was no detailed report of the exchanges Donald Trump had with Vladimir at five different locations in the past two years. Information that Congress has "the constitutional duty" to check, said Monday the three commissions.

    The paper also assured that after an interview with Vladimir Putin in 2017 in Hamburg, Germany, the US president would have seized the notes of his interpreter asking him not to share with the other members of his administration the content of the discussion. "These accusations raise serious concerns about the possibility that materials relating to specific communications have been manipulated or removed from the presidential archives in direct conflict with federal laws," write in a letter to the White House chief of staff. , Mick Mulvaney, the chairs of the parliamentary committees on intelligence, foreign affairs, and government control.
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