House Judiciary Committee demands documents from Kushner and other key Trump associates as part of a wide-ranging probe into obstruction of justice
Less than a week after former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s riveting February 27 testimony before the House Oversight Committee, Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee have demanded documents from a long list of people directly or indirectly connected to President Donald Trump, his administration and his business interests.
The House Judiciary Committee, according to the Daily Beast, is demanding documents from some key figures in the Trump Organization—including the president’s sons, Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump, and his son-in-law Jared Kushner—as well as people who were part of the Trump Administration in the past, including former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former Trump strategist/ex-Breitbart News Chairman Steve Bannon.
The House Judiciary Committee is also demanding documents from WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange (who has been taking refuge in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London) along with radio host Randy Credico (an associate of veteran GOP operative and long-time Trump ally Roger Stone). Altogether, the Daily Beast is reporting, the House Judiciary Committee is seeking documents from “81 people, government agencies and private organizations.”
In an official statement on Monday, March 4, Jerrold Nadler (chairman of the House Judiciary Committee), asserted, “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. 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.”
Nadler added that Congress must also “protect and respect the work of Special Counsel” Robert Mueller but “cannot rely on others to do the investigative work for us.”
By demanding the documents, the House Judiciary Committee said it is looking for evidence of obstruction of justice, campaign finance violations, “public corruption” or “abuse of power”—and by abuse of power, it is referring to attacks on “the press, the judiciary and law enforcement agencies.”