A letter signed by the Committees on Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight and Reform of the US House of Representatives, is just the latest investigation into allegations of Russian meddling and obstruction of justice against Donald Trump.
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The letter was penned by the Committees on Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight and Reform of the US House of Representatives
Congress has launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump, his White House, his campaign and his businesses.
The US congressional panel announced Monday that it has requested documents from 81 government agencies, entities, and individuals as part of a investigation into allegations of obstruction of justice and other abuses by president Trump, as well as others in his inner circle.
The Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee is also targetting Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, WikiLeaks, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kusher, former US Attorney Jeff Sessions, and Trump’s chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg.
‘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,’ House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in a statement.
‘We will act quickly to gather this information, assess the evidence, and follow the facts where they lead with full transparency with the American people.’
A joint statement, signed by the Committees on Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight and Reform of the US House of Representatives, was sent to White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney requesting the documents and interviews ‘related to communications between President Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation.’
The committee’s focus is determining whether Trump obstructed justice by getting rid of those that opposed him at the Justice Department, like former FBI Director James Comey who Trump fired in 2017, the statement said. It is also reviewing whether the president abused his power by offering pardons or interfering with witnesses.
Comey was spearheading an investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with Trump before he was fired. The investigation was picked back up by special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is expected to report his findings in the upcoming weeks.