House Democrats launch aggressive new Trump probe

He said Democrats in the House are searching for wrongdoing by the President rather than pursuing a legislative agenda.

The Trump Tower Project is one of many under scrutiny as the Democrat-led panel investigates Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump's campaign was involved, among other matters, including Trump's foreign financial dealings. His televised February 27 testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform was followed by a rapid expansion of Democratic investigations focusing on Trump.

Cohen, who once said he would take a bullet for Trump, is due to report to prison on May 6 to begin a three-year sentence after pleading guilty last year to criminal charges including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

In addition to the NRA, Nadler also sought documents from the White House, the Trump Organisation, Trump's charity, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Cambridge Analytica - a data company that worked with the Trump campaign and has been investigated by Congress in connection with Russia's election interference efforts.

During his marathon testimony last week before the House Oversight Committee, Cohen said that Trump attorney Jay Sekulow altered his 2017 testimony, and that the changes were reviewed by Javanka litigator Abbe Lowell. But the House probes go far beyond collusion.

Cohen pleaded guilty November 29 in the special counsel's investigation to lying to Congress in 2017 about the extent of his efforts to secure a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Beginning a sweeping investigation that could shadow Trump as he runs for re-election, the panel sent letters to 81 people asking a flurry of questions about Trump's activities before and after he was elected president.

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in front of supporters at a presidential campaign rally in Keene N.H. Sunday
Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in front of supporters at a presidential campaign rally in Keene N.H. Sunday. KELLY FLETCHER- REFORMER CORRESPONDENT

The committee requested documents from multiple Trump allies including family members, campaign officials and longtime employees of the Trump Organization.

Then, as now, a special prosecutor's investigation proceeded simultaneously with the Congressional hearings.

Almost all the current and former administration officials, friends and family listed on the request have hired private attorneys to navigate both the Mueller probe and now the oversight process - among them Hope Hicks, Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon, Kushner and Don McGahn. The committee asked McGahn for any documents related to any discussion involving President Trump regarding the possibility of firing Mueller around June of 2017 "or any conversation in which President Trump stated, in words or substance, that he wanted the Mueller investigation shut down, restrained or otherwise limited in or around December 2017".

In his public testimony before the House oversight and reform committee last week, Cohen called Trump a con man, a cheat and a racist.

The outlet further noted that the majority of the document requests have been handed out to people or entities who are in a way involved in coverage of the Russian Federation scandal.

A committee aide said Monday's list was only a first phase of document requests and more letters would be going out soon.

The committee expects some people to produce right away, and others may eventually face subpoenas, according to a person familiar with the investigation. The person declined to be named to discuss the committee's internal process. House Judiciary Chairman, Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), announced a large scale investigation into the president on Monday.

  • Rogelio Becker