House panel launches sweeping probe of Trump

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Democrats are unleashing a deluge of investigations into President Donald Trump's businesses, behavior, and conflicts of interest - setting up the potential for a years-long struggle with the White House and its allies for potentially damning information about inappropriate or criminal acts.

Among those targeted by the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee are the president's sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, WikiLeaks, White House aide and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former White House counsel Doug McGahn.

The New York Democrat has repeatedly expressed his view in recent months that Trump either clearly obstructed justice, or attempted doing so, by seeking to curtail special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election. "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'".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders acknowledged receipt of Nadler's letter and said officials "will review it and respond at the appropriate time".

The Democrats believe Trump should be impeached for obstruction of justice and what they call collusion with Russian Federation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has kept calls for impeachment at bay by insisting that Mr Mueller first must be allowed to finish his work, and present his findings publicly - though it's unclear whether the White House will allow its full release.

In an interview on ABC News' "This Week", McCarthy laid into Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., while defending Trump from accusations that he's committed impeachable offenses.

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump attends the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) annual meeting at National Harbor near Washington, U.S., March 2, 2019.

Nadler reiterated his view on Sunday, saying it is "very clear that the president obstructed justice".

Nadler is also seeking to learn about communications regarding Trump's firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, as well as what occurred at a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower.

House Democrats a year ago unsuccessfully sought to force Gross to testify about the summit, saying Trump's extraordinary actions required extraordinary measures in turn.

The committee staff coordinated the document request with Mueller's office, federal prosecutors in Manhattan (SDNY) and other committees conducting their own investigations, a House counsel said.

Democrats, who took control of the House of Representatives in January, have vowed to open investigations into the president and White House.

Trump maintains that his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation and has repeatedly attacked the investigation on Twitter.

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