Who’s getting document requests from House Democrats in new probe

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The committee, helmed by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, announced Monday that it had sent out 81 requests for documents to start building its record for the investigation.

His Judiciary committee and other panels in Congress are awaiting release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on his 22-month investigation of Trump campaign links to Russian Federation and whether Trump, as president, obstructed justice by trying to thwart the investigation. Lastly, Collins commented on Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's newest anti-sematic remarks on Israel.

Nadler said the House Judiciary Committee wants to review documents from the Justice Department, the president's son Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg.

They are relying on a 1924 law that gives the chairs of the House and Senate tax-writing committees the power to demand the tax returns of White House officials.

Nadler said Mueller and prosecutors conducting investigators in the Manhattan US Attorney's Office are aware of the committee's action.

Numerous people who receive requests were asked about hush money payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels, who alleged she had an affair with Donald Trump. "This is a critical time for our nation, and we have a responsibility to investigate these matters and hold hearings for the public to have all the facts".

But Democratic congressional leaders including Nadler and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been reticent about pushing for the president's impeachment.

Eric Trump, and Jared Kushner all being on the list of the 81 persons and entities asked to submit information on Monday, one name from the Trump family is glaringly absent.

White House Counsel Pat Cipollone wrote a bombastic March 4 letter to House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), saying that the executive branch would not answer "legally unsupportable ultimatums demanding unilateral surrender of the prerogatives of a co-equal branch of the government".

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President Donald Trump says congressional Democrats seeking to investigate his campaign and White House are playing political games.

"Over the last several years, President Trump has evaded accountability for his near-daily attacks on our basic legal, ethical, and constitutional rules and norms", Nadler said in a statement.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

"It's very clear that the president obstructed justice", he added, noting, however, that it was too soon to consider whether impeachment should be pursued. In his testimony, Mr Cohen acknowledged he did not witness or know directly of collusion between Trump aides and Russian Federation but had "suspicions".

Cohen, who called Trump "a racist, a con man, a cheat", showed a House panel two $35,000 checks - one signed by the president and one signed by the younger Trump and Weisselberg - to Cohen to partly reimburse him for $130,000 he paid shortly before the 2016 election to adult film star Stormy Daniels as hush money, to keep her quiet about an alleged affair she claims to have had with then real estate mogul Trump more than a decade ago.

Cohen's testimony offered a number of tantalizing leads about hush-money payments he made on behalf of the president in evasion of campaign finance laws, possible conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, and the extent to which Trump was aware of illegal activity going on within his campaign.

The congressional probe comes after a January Washington Post report that said Trump has gone to great lengths to hide the details of his communications with Putin from senior administration officials, including one instance where he seized the notes of his interpreter at a private meeting with Putin in Hamburg, Germany, in 2017.

The White House is criticizing a sweeping House probe of President Donald Trump and his administration, calling it "a disgraceful and abusive investigation into exhausted, false allegations".