US Lawmakers To Probe Trump For "Corruption" And "Abuse Of Power"

US Lawmakers To Probe Trump For

US Lawmakers To Probe Trump For "Corruption" And "Abuse Of Power"

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) on Sunday said that the Justice Department's current practice of not indicting sitting presidents requires that the department release any evidence of crimes President Donald Trump has committed, even if he is not charged with a crime while in office per the practice.

A full list of those who will be required to provide evidence in the new obstruction probe against Trump will be posted on Monday, Nadler said, cited by The Straits Times.

The committee chief noted that talk of impeachment was too soon, however.

"I am an innocent man being persecuted by some very bad, conflicted & corrupt people in a Witch Hunt that is illegal & should never have been allowed to start", he wrote.

Targeting Mr Mueller repeatedly - as well as firing the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief over the Russian Federation inquiry - were among the issues Mr Nadler cited as "clear" cases of obstruction of justice by President Trump. They're now saying we have to do our own investigation.

Mr Nadler isn't calling the inquiry an impeachment investigation but said House Democrats, now in the majority, are simply doing "our job to protect the rule of law" after Republicans during the first two years of Trump's term were "shielding the president from any proper accountability". "Before you impeach somebody, you have to persuade the American public".

Mr Nadler said his committee will seek to review the Mueller report but stressed the investigation "goes far beyond collusion".

Neither the Trump Organization or the White House have responded to Nadler's comments.

"We shouldn't be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn't avoid impeachment for a political reason", Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat who represents California, told NBC News in January.

As special counsel Robert Mueller wraps up his Russian Federation probe, federal investigators have focused on conflicting public statements by President Trump and his team that could be seen as an effort to influence witnesses and obstruct justice, people familiar with the investigation told CNN. They also plan to use potentially incriminating testimony provided last week by Trump's former "fixer", Michael Cohen, as part of their efforts.

That investigation was subsequently taken over by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is expected to deliver his findings to the USA attorney general within weeks. He also named the president's son, Donald Trump Jr.

He added, "In this process to be impeached, show me where the president did anything to be impeached".

While the Mueller investigation is focused on specific crimes, Congress' probes will cast a wider net, Nadler said. "I still don't know, they don't have to tell me, but I still don't know whether anyone in the Trump administration at the most senior levels ever got a read out".

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