House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) on Monday announced a sweeping investigation into President Trump’s campaign, businesses, transition and administration, an investigation that can lay the groundwork for Democrats if they choose to pursue impeachment proceedings against the President.
The investigation will focus on three key areas: obstruction of justice, public corruption and abuses of power, Nadler, whose committee sent letters to 81 people and entities, said.
The committee will be looking at those involved in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer linked to the Kremlin, the Trump Organization’s plans to build a Trump property in Moscow and a scheme to pay off two women who alleged they had affairs with Trump before the 2016 election.
In a statement, Nadler accused President Trump of evading “accountability for his near-daily attacks on our basic legal, ethical, and constitutional rules and norms.”
“Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee,” Nadler said. “We have seen the damage done to our democratic institutions in the two years that the Congress refused to conduct responsible oversight. Congress must provide a check on abuses of power.”
“The committee’s investigation comes amid the anticipated conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion and obstruction of justice, signaling the committee will likely revisit areas that Mueller’s team have already pursued. Many of the same witnesses that the Judiciary Committee is now requesting information from have already spoken to Mueller’s prosecutors and the grand jury.
Speaking with reporters at the White House, President Trump blasted the investigation as a “hoax” but said he would comply with it, saying “I cooperate all the time with everybody.”