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US Lawmakers Announce Sweeping Document Requests in Trump Probe

06 March, 2019, 21:47 | Author: Taylor George
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"We are going to initiate investigations into abuses of power, into corruption and into obstruction of justice", Mr Nadler said. "This is how I got elected, by being off script ... and if we don't go off script, our country is in big trouble, folks".

Cohen admitted telling falsities in the past, but said he was coming clean: "I have lied, but I am not a liar".

Some Trump allies say NY poses the biggest risk of boring into his family finances, a "red line" the president has warned prosecutors not to cross.

The Rasmussen Reports survey found that 53 percent of the respondents said it is unlikely the investigations will yield enough evidence to lead to impeachment, compared with 44 percent who said it is likely the investigations will produce enough evidence to lead to impeachment.

Investigators asked past and current administration officials, and even members of the Trump family, about the contents of meetings between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany during the G-20 summit; November 11, 2017 in Paris during the centennial celebration of the armistice ending WWI; July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland during the Russia-U.S. summit; and November 30, 2018 in Buenos Ares, Argentina during that year's G-20 summit.

The President reacted to his worsening plight with a vehement defense on Sunday, after a week in which testimony from his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen deepened his political vulnerability and ahead of the expected filing soon of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

A former presidential advisor has suggested President Donald Trump's bombastic weekend appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference was that of a man "seeing the walls close in".

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The meeting has come under scrutiny by the special counsel and the other congressional bodies who've previously launched investigations. After Cohen left, Schiff announced that the committee will hold an open hearing later this month with Felix Sater, a Russia-born executive who worked with Cohen on an ultimately unsuccessful deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Republicans hoped Trump's address would serve as a diversion to the Mueller investigation and to the testimony this week on Capitol Hill by the president's former personal attorney Michael Cohen implicating him in crimes.

Gergen noted that House committees "have a long history", but warned the Democrats must not "overplay their hands". But the evidence so far shows that a broad range of Trump associates had Russia-related contacts during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition period, and several lied about the communications.

As Special Counsel Robert Mueller has pursued his investigation into Moscow's role in the 2016 USA election, legal experts have debated what sort of contacts between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation may have violated US criminal law. "If you look at that first speech, that was very innocent compared to what's happening", Trump said.

"I think it's really something that they should promote". "The other thing you have to find is, listen to what Nadler said". "Before you impeach somebody, you have to persuade the American public that it ought to happen". There's no collusion. So now they go and morph into, 'Let's inspect every deal he's ever done. "It's very clear that the president obstructed justice". Comey has denied this claim.

Asked if he believed Trump obstructed justice, Nadler said, "Yes, I do".

In a moment that will have dramatic overtones given the timing, Barr is due to deliver brief remarks on Monday at an event at the White House hosted by the President for state attorneys general, a Justice Department spokesman said.

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