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Trump family under new graft probe lens

March 05, 2019 05:06 AM

courtesy  MIRROR MARCH 5

Trump family under new graft probe lens
US congressional panel is ascertaining if the President obstructed justice by ousting perceived enemies like ex-FBI chief Comey or tampered with witnesses

A US congressional panel issued document requests on Monday to 81 people, government agencies and other groups as part of an investigation into possible obstruction of justice or abuse of power by President Donald Trump.

The Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee’s first round of recipients read like a who’s who of Trump’s turbulent world, including family members, current and former business employees, Republican campaign staffers and former White House aides, as well as the FBI, White House and WikiLeaks.

Among them were the President’s sons Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump, White House aide and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, Trump Organisation chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, former US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former White House counsel Don McGahn.

A committee lawyer told reporters the immediate aim is to amass a large trove of evidence to guide the investigation and help decide which witnesses to approach. The panel is prepared to use its subpoena power if needed, the lawyer said.

Among the committee’s aims is determining whether Trump obstructed justice by ousting perceived enemies at the Justice Department, such as former FBI Director James Comey, and abused his presidential power by possibly offering pardons or tampering with witnesses. Comey was leading an investigation into Russian activities in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign when the President fired him in May 2017.

Asked by a reporter whether he will cooperate with Nadler, Trump said: “I cooperate all the time with everybody

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