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Top Democrat Jerry Nadler demands documents for investigation into Trump

Democrats broaden probe into White House
Democrats issue sweeping document request into Trump's inner circle 07:19

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has delivered a slew of document requests as a first step in his investigation into President Trump and his associates, as the White House adjusts to the realities of a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

On Monday, Nadler revealed his committee has requested documents from 81 entities and individuals, from the White House to Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg. Nadler is probing allegations of obstruction of justice and public corruption. The document request is the largest issued since Democrats took control of the lower chamber in January, and all the subpoena powers that come with it.

"Over the last several years, President Trump has evaded accountability for his near-daily attacks on our basic legal, ethical, and constitutional rules and norms," Nadler said in a statement. "Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee. We have seen the damage done to our democratic institutions in the two years that the Congress refused to conduct responsible oversight. Congress must provide a check on abuses of power."

Asked if he would cooperate with the document requests, Mr. Trump told reporters Monday, "I cooperate all the time with everybody," but also called the investigation a "total hoax."

Democrats seek answers from Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg 07:30

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders acknowledged the receipt of the document request, saying in a statement, "The House Judiciary Committee's letter has been received by the White House. The Counsel's Office and relevant White House officials will review it and respond at the appropriate time."

Nadler is also demanding records from include Trump reelection campaign manager Brad Parscale, former Trump aide Carter Page, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, former White House communications director Hope Hicks, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon and former chief of staff Reince Priebus. He also wants documents from American Media Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer, and Cambridge Analytica, a controversial data firm that worked with Mr. Trump's 2016 campaign.

Counsel to the committee said they conveyed the basic contours of the project to the Southern District of New York and special counsel Robert Mueller last week.

Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said Democrats were "hedging their bets" even though the investigation by Mueller has not yet been released.

"After recklessly prejudging the president for obstruction, Chairman Nadler is pursuing evidence to back up his conclusion because, as he admits, 'we don't have the facts yet,'" Collins claimed.

The Democrats on the committee, however, view their investigation as much broader than the Mueller inquiry, which is limited to Russian interference ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Nadler's requests come as the White House has so far been unresponsive to requests from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on issues pertaining to Kushner's security clearance, and as the House Ways and Means Committee prepares to demand the president's tax returns.

Last week, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen took the spotlight as Mr. Trump was in Vietnam for his summit with Kim Jong Un, with Cohen calling the president a "racist" and a "conman," and alleging he violated the law while in office.

Here are the entities Nadler and other Democrats on the committee are demanding documents from this week, as released by the Judiciary Committee:

1. Alan Garten (letterdocument requests

2. Alexander Nix (letterdocument requests

3. Allen Weisselberg (letterdocument requests

4. American Media Inc (letterdocument requests)

5. Anatoli Samochornov (letterdocument requests)

6. Andrew Intrater (letterdocument requests)

7. Annie Donaldson (letterdocument requests)

8. Brad Parscale (letterdocument requests)

9. Brittany Kaiser (letterdocument requests)

10.  Cambridge Analytica (letterdocument requests

11.  Carter Page (letter, document requests)

12.  Columbus Nova (letterdocument requests)

13.  Concord Management and Consulting (letterdocument requests)

14.  Corey Lewandowski (letterdocument requests)

15.  David Pecker (letterdocument requests)

16.  Department of Justice (letterdocument requests)

17.  Don McGahn (letterdocument requests

18.  Donald J Trump Revocable Trust (letterdocument requests

19.  Donald Trump Jr. (letterdocument requests

20.  Dylan Howard (letterdocument requests)

21.  Eric Trump (letterdocument requests)

22.  Erik Prince (letterdocument requests)

23.  Federal Bureau of Investigation (letter, document requests)

24.  Felix Sater (letterdocument requests)

25.  Flynn Intel Group (letterdocument requests)

26.  General Services Administration (letterdocument requests)

27.  George Nader (letterdocument requests)

28.  George Papadopoulos (letterdocument requests)

29.  Hope Hicks (letterdocument requests)

30.  Irakly Kaveladze (letterdocument requests)

31.  Jared Kushner (letterdocument requests)

32.  Jason Maloni (letterdocument requests)

33.  Jay Sekulow (letterdocument requests)

34.  Jeff Sessions (letterdocument requests)

35.  Jerome Corsi (letterdocument requests)

36.  John Szobocsan (letterdocument requests)

37.  Julian Assange (letterdocument requests)

38.  Julian David Wheatland (letterdocument requests)

39.  Keith Davidson (letterdocument requests)

40.  KT McFarland (letterdocument requests)

41.  Mark Corallo (letterdocument requests)

42.  Matt Tait (letterdocument requests)

43.  Matthew Calamari (letterdocument requests)

44.  Michael Caputo (letterdocument requests)

45.  Michael Cohen (letterdocument requests)

46.  Michael Flynn (letterdocument requests)

47.  Michael Flynn Jr (letterdocument requests)

48.  Paul Erickson (letterdocument requests)

49.  Paul Manafort (letterdocument requests)

50.  Peter Smith (Estate) (letterdocument requests)

51.   Randy Credico (letterdocument requests)

52.   Reince Priebus (letterdocument requests)

53.   Rhona Graff (letterdocument requests)

54.   Rinat Akhmetshin (letterdocument requests)

55.   Rob Goldstone (letterdocument requests)

56.  Roger Stone (letter, document requests)

57.  Ronald Lieberman (letterdocument requests)

58.  Sam Nunberg (letterdocument requests)

59.  SCL Group Limited (letterdocument requests)

60.  Sean Spicer (letterdocument requests)

61.  Sheri Dillon (letterdocument requests)

62.  Stefan Passantino (letterdocument requests)

63.  Steve Bannon (letterdocument requests)

64.  Ted Malloch (letterdocument requests)

65.  The White House (letterdocument requests)

66.  Trump Campaign (letterdocument requests)

67.  Trump Foundation (letterdocument requests)

68.  Trump Organization (letterdocument requests)

69.  Trump Transition (letterdocument requests)

70.  Viktor Vekselberg (letterdocument requests)

71.  Wikileaks (letterdocument requests)

72. 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee (letterdocument requests

73. Christopher Bancroft Burnham (letterdocument requests)

74. Frontier Services Group (letterdocument requests)

75. J.D. Gordon (letterdocument requests)

76. Kushner Companies (letter, document requests)

77. NRA (letterdocument requests)

78. Rick Gates (letter, document requests)

79. Tom Barrack (letterdocument requests)

80. Tom Bossert (letterdocument requests)

81. Tony Fabrizio (letterdocument requests)

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