The House Judiciary Committee has requested documents from 81 different people and entities tied to President Donald Trump as part of a sweeping investigation into possible corruption, abuse of power, and obstruction of justice by the president, The New York Times reports.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler sent letters on Monday to 81 individuals, agencies, and entities tied to Trump, including his company, his campaign, his “charity,” and his inaugural committee. Nadler also requested documents from the White House, the Justice Department, the FBI, and dozens of Trump’s aides.
Along with possible obstruction of justice, the committee is investigating possible corruption, campaign finance law violations, and whether Trump violated the Constitution’s ban on the president using his office for personal gain.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the document request Monday.
“The counsel’s office and relevant White House officials will review it and respond at the appropriate time,” she said.
Nadler vows hearings, stops short of impeachment talk:
Nadler said in a statement Monday that the committee would “begin building the public record” on what he called Trump’s abuses.
“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,” Nadler said. “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. That is exactly what we intend to do.”
Nadler did not mention impeachment in his statement.
Last week he told The Times that “we have unambiguous evidence that the president has committed a crime at this point.”
“Do we have unambiguous evidence he has done impeachable offenses?” Nadler added. “We’ve got a ways to go yet.”
Dem investigation spans years:
The documents requested by Nadler include countless Trump scandals going back years.
According to The Times, Nadler is asking for all documents related to the resignation of former national security adviser, the firing of former FBI chief James Comey, repeated attempts to fire special counsel Bob Mueller, and Trump’s communications former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Nadler is also looking at Trump’s dealings with National Enquirer owner David Pecker, longtime Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and inaugural committee head Thomas Barrack.
Nadler will also determine who the committee will call to testify. If the requests are not complied with, Nadler has said he may issue subpoenas to compel them.