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The Justice Committee of the US House of Representatives, which is led by the majority of the opposition Democrats, has started extensive new investigations into US President Donald Trump and his environment. As the chairman of the committee, the Democrat Jerrold Nadler, announced, suspicions of corruption and abuse of power as well as obstruction of the judiciary are to be investigated.
Nadler said the investigation was intended to counter the threat posed by Trump to the rule of law. The President attacked the "fundamental legal, ethical and constitutional rules and norms" almost daily. For this he has not been held accountable by Congress in recent years. At the beginning of the year, the Democrats replaced Trump's Republicans as the majority party in the House of Representatives.
The committee chairman named the suspicion that Trump had interfered in a number of legal proceedings, as well as the possible exploitation of his office for personal gain and violations of campaign finance laws, as an important area of the investigation. Trump's public attacks on the media and the judiciary are also to be investigated. According to documents published by Nadler, it is also about possible business relationships between the Trump group and Russia. The hush money payments during the 2016 election campaign are also said to have been made to two alleged former sex partners of Trump - the porn star Stormy Daniels and the former playboy-Model Karen McDougal - to be examined.
Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen testified in Congress last week that Trump ordered these payments and had been involved in efforts to cover them up after he took office. Cohen was sentenced to three years imprisonment in December for, among other things, these hush money; the court had assessed the payments as illegal campaign funding.
Reply at a "reasonable time"
Documents have been requested from 81 organizations and individuals, including Trump's sons Donald Jr. and Eric, and his son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner, according to Nadler. The committee requires Trump Jr., among others, to provide documents related to the president's dismissal of FBI chief James Comey in May 2017. Trump's company, his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, the platform Wikileaks and the gun lobby organization NRA are among those affected. The President described the investigation in front of journalists as a "political fraud".
The list of demands on the White House itself is also extensive: the government headquarters should, according to the will of the Democrats, issue documents that could revolve around possible pardons from the president. Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders announced that the White House lawyer would go through the letter and respond to it at an "appropriate time". Those affected have two weeks to comply with the demands. If they do not, the judicial committee wants to legally force them to hand over documents.
The judicial committee's broad investigation could potentially lead to impeachment proceedings (Impeachment) prepare against Donald Trump. Democratic leaders have announced that they will investigate in all directions and examine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian campaign interference before taking drastic action.
Concern about presidential election 2020
"We have to protect and respect the work of special investigator Mueller, but we cannot rely on others to do the investigative work for us," said Nadler. The task of the judiciary committee is all the more urgent since statements by representatives of the Ministry of Justice indicated that Mueller's final report should possibly be kept under lock and key.
The head of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has so far been very cautious about a possible Impeachment voiced. Their concern is that impeachment proceedings could mobilize Trump's base in next year's presidential campaign. Removing the president from office would also require a two-thirds majority in the Senate, where Republicans remain in the majority.
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