House panel launches sweeping probe of President Trump

MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and moderator Chuck Todd appear on "Meet the Press" in Washington, D.C., Sunday, August 26, 2018. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Judiciary Committee is launching a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump, his White House, his campaign and his businesses. The panel is sending document requests to 81 people linked to the president and his associates.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says the investigation will be focused on obstruction of justice, corruption and abuses of power. The aggressive, broad investigation could set the stage for impeachment, although Democratic leaders have pledged to investigate all avenues and review special counsel Robert Mueller’s report before taking drastic action.

Nadler said Monday’s document requests are a way to “begin building the public record” and the committee has the responsibility to investigate.

The White House says it has received the House Judiciary Committee’s letter requesting documents related to the Trump administration, family and business as part of an expanding Russia investigation.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that the White House counsel’s office and relevant officials will review the letter and respond at the appropriate time.

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