Now, THIS is what Congressional Oversight looks like!!
House Judiciary Committee Demands Documents From Nearly Everyone in Trumpworld
From obstruction of justice, corruption, and what they’re calling abuse of power, the House Judiciary Committee is showing where Hill investigations of the president go next.
03.04.19 11:34 AM ET
If there’s anyone who might know anything about any allegation about wrongdoing by President Trump, encompassing everything from obstruction of justice to collusion with Russia to paying off potential ex-mistresses, the Democrats who now run the House Judiciary Committee on Monday are asking for their files.
Just days after the president’s former fixer Michael Cohen testified at length about what Cohen described as Trump’s habitual criminal behavior, House Judiciary Democrats sent letters requesting documents on a wide range of investigative lines to 81 people, government agencies, and private organizations.
It’s the investigative equivalent of shock and awe, heralding an even deeper phase of protracted congressional inquiries into all aspects of the president, his associates and his businesses. While the House Democrats are allergic to talk of impeachment, information they’re asking about concerns Trump and allies profiting from their offices, potentially lucrative ties to both hostile and allied foreign powers, and work to shut down investigations into these matters—all of which are likely to add to pressures on the left for impeachment.
Requests to produce material, initially due in just two weeks, went out to everyone from the White House and the Trump Organization to Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Jared Kushner, ex-communications director Hope Hicks, ex-strategist Steve Bannon, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, Roger Stone associate Randy Credico, Maria Butina boyfriend and GOP operative Paul Erickson, cooperating witness and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and Flynn’s son.
The committee conceptualizes the document requests into three areas that can overlap: obstruction of justice, including about the various Russia probes; “public corruption,” including the campaign-finance violations that Cohen’s hush money payments to Stephanie “Stormy Daniels” Clifford and Karen McDougal potentially represent; and “abuse of power,” including attacks on what the committee described as “the press, the judiciary, and law enforcement agencies.”
That wide focus underscores both the aggressive investigative approach adopted by the newly empowered House Democrats and the wide span of allegations against the president of the United States.
Another poster made a good point. There isn’t anyone on this list who hasn’t already had a similar request from some law enforcement entity. That they have already gotten the request, and complied with said law enforcement entities, limits severely the ability of this White House to now attempt to call Executive Privilege. That could be why certain names that we thought SHOULD be on the list, but weren’t, didn’t wind up on the list….yet…
Between these requests, and please be sure, they are not mere requests…this is a nicety..failure to comply will result in a subpoena, and it can get nasty from then on. We also got the news last week from Congresswoman Maxine Waters, that she sent staff to New York to meet with Deutsche Bank and get the papers that she’s been after for almost 2 years. And, you also know who is being kept in the loop: The Southern District of New York and the New York State Attorney General’s Office.
Tee hee hee ….
Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) Tweeted:
Here’s the full list of Trump associates that the House Judiciary Committee has contacted for documents, including AMI’s David Pecker, Trump’s inaugural committee, Cambridge Analytica and nearly 80 others. https://t.co/0mOX3ytBbI https://t.co/3X4rK0DVrD https://twitter.com/rebeccaballhaus/status/1102609033968656385?s=17
Manu Raju (@mkraju) Tweeted:
“We have to make sure this is not a dictatorship,” Nadler said. Asked if probe is intended to lay groundwork for impeachment, he says on @OutFrontCNN: “It may come to that. It may not.” https://t.co/U6sYwAotZEhttps://twitter.com/mkraju/status/1102724829080440832?s=17