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March 5, 2019

3-5-2019 The House ramps up investigations nuggets (Vox)

  • Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, announced on Monday that the committee plans to request documents as part of an investigation into President Trump’s potential corruption, abuse of power, and obstruction of justice. [Washington Post / Mike DeBonis and Rachael Bade]
  • The committee has requested documents from 81 people or groups — most of them connected in some way with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia. The deadline is March 18. [Vox / Andrew Prokop]
  • It’s not clear if the requests stem directly from former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s testimony last week, or if Democrats would have launched a similar probe anyway. But Cohen himself is on the list of people the committee is asking for documents, and his testimony provided a road map for future congressional investigations. [Washington Post / Rachael Bade and David Fahrenthold
  • 2019 was expected to be a year of investigations in Congress. Democrats, with their newfound majority, can now use the subpoena power to look into all kinds of Trump administration scandals and controversial policies. From January, here’s an overview of the 10 committee chairs — including Nadler — to watch as the process gets underway. [Vox / Vox staff]
  • Is this the first step on a very long road to impeachment — which would start with the Judiciary Committee? Nadler hasn’t gone that far, but he said in an interview on Sunday it’s “very clear” that Trump obstructed justice. [NYMag / Adam K. Raymond]
  • Meanwhile, Trump blamed Cohen’s testimony to the House Oversight and Reform Committee for the failure of his summit with North Korea. [Washington Post / Seung Min Kim]

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