The House Judiciary Committee will be requesting documents from over 60 members of the Trump administration, family members and business associates. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), is the chairman of the committee which would oversee any impeachment proceedings that may occur. Although Democrat lawmakers have been hesitant to say the latest hearings and requests are an attempt to bring forth impeachment.
Nadler says it’s “very clear” that President Trump has obstructed justice. This comes after former President Trump attorney Michael Cohen gave public and private congressional testimony last week. While the public testimony saw Cohen calling President Trump a conman and a racist, as well as accusing the president of inflating or deflating his assets, the private testimony seems to be what gave the congress ammunition to proceed with more hearings and document requests.
The private hearing was hosted by the House Intelligence Committee which Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is the chairman of. Schiff claims “there is direct evidence” the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. This belief stems from a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that was attended by Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya, in which Veselnitskaya claimed to have damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
Jerry Nadler is requesting documents from the Justice Department and Donald Trump Jr. According to Nadler, other likely targets are former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and former White House Counsel Don Mckahn. Investigations will be initiated into abuses of power, corruption, and obstruction of justice.
Also this week, on Wednesday, March 6, the House Intelligence Committee will wrap up testimony with Michael Cohen. Once that testimony is complete the committee has scheduled a public hearing with Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg. Weisselberg was named by Cohen as a possible source of corroboration to prove that Trump inflated or deflated his assets for tax and business purposes.
Business associate Felix Sater is scheduled to give testimony before the House intelligence Committee on March 14. The committee is interested in the dealings in the efforts to build the Trump Tower Moscow. Sater is said to have played a key role in the project. At the center of the inquiry is, was President Trump still pursuing the building of Trump Tower Moscow while running for president in 2016, and if so for how long into the campaign?