The House Judiciary Committee will subpoena documents from no fewer than 60 people and entities associated with Donald Trump’s White House, as part of a probe into possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power, ABC News is reporting.
Appearing on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, committee chairman Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, said that his committee will issue subpoenas to “over 60 different people and individuals from the White House to the Department of Justice.” Some of the individuals who will be receiving subpoenas include Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., as well as the Chief Financial Officer of the Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg.
When directly asked by correspondent George Stephanopoulos if he thought the president obstructed justice, Nadler was equally direct in his response, replying, “Yes, I do.”
“We are going to initiate investigations into abuses of power, into corruption… and into obstruction of justice,” Nadler explained. “It’s our job to protect the rule of law. It’s very clear that the president obstructed justice.”
Nadler also offered up a couple of examples of alleged obstruction of justice and abuse of power, according to Reuters. For example, Nadler pointed to Trump’s 2017 firing of FBI Director James Comey, who at the time, had been leading a probe into whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Russian agents during the 2016 presidential election. That probe has since been taken over by FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller and continues to this day.
House Juducuairy Chair Jerrold Nadler is opening an impeachment investigation.
Sure, he’s not saying that phrase.
He just says it’s an obstruction, corruption and abuse of power investigation.
All of those are impeachable offenses.#SundayMorning
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) March 3, 2019
Nadler also pointed to Trump alleged attempts to intimidate witnesses as evidence of obstruction of justice and abuse of power.
Democrats have been reluctant to use the word “impeachment,” instead saying that they prefer to focus on their agenda for the American people, as well as waiting for the Mueller probe to pan out. Nadler was similarly reluctant to state that impeachment is on the table, saying instead that there is no point in trying to impeach the president without first making a case against him.
“Before you impeach somebody, you have to persuade the American public that it ought to happen.”
This is the second time in a few days that a Congressional committee has opened an investigation into Donald Trump. Just last week, as reported by The Inquisitr, the House Ways and Means Committee plans to issue legal documents to force Donald Trump to release his tax returns.
Speaking this weekend to supporters at the Conservative Political Action Committee, Trump said that his adversaries are grasping at straws to get him out of office.
“All of a sudden they are trying to take you out with bulls**t,” Trump said.