House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler just released a list of more than 80 people and entities that Democrats are targeting with sweeping document requests for their investigation into Donald Trump. Committee Democrats are seeking information from entities like the Trump Organization, WikiLeaks, and the NRA as well as people like AMI CEO David Pecker, inaugural committee chair Tom Barrack, and J.D. Gordon, who was involved with the pro-Russia platform change at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Then there’s nearly everyone you would expect: Don Jr. and Eric Trump (but no Ivanka); convicted felons Paul Manafort, Rick Gates; Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, etc.; Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow; and White House counsel Don McGahn. The list goes on.
The White House and all Trump-affiliated organizations are sure to resist this inquiry by House Democrats at every turn. But the list is so all-encompassing that at least some people and organizations will likely comply at some level. The two most likely outcomes are that the inquiry will turn up at least some new avenues of exploration, and that Democrats and Trump will wind up locked in a lengthy legal/political battle over the powers of congressional oversight vs. that of the executive branch.
The key thing to remember here is that the Judiciary Committee would be responsible for initiating any impeachment proceedings. The panel is not necessarily looking for criminality: That’s the charge of the special counsel and the many U.S. attorneys who are now running their own criminal investigations into Trump, his campaign, and his organizations. Instead, the Judiciary is looking for impeachable offenses such as obstructing justice, abuse of power, and overall corruption that may or may not rise to the level of criminality.
“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 in his statement. “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.”
Check out the list below. You can actually click on both the letter sent and documents requested for most of the list. This request alone is the culmination of a ton of work—and it’s only just beginning.
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