The chairman of America's House Judiciary Committee says he plans to request documents from more than 60 people and organisations connected to US President Donald Trump as part of an inquiry that could eventually lead to Trump's impeachment.
During his appearance on the ABC show "This Week", New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler told host George Stephanopoulos that he meant to issue document requests to more than 60 people as the House Judiciary Committee (which Nadler chairs) begins to investigate Trump's numerous scandals, according to Politico.
"We may or we may not get there", the representative said, "but what we have to do is protect the rule of law".
During the interview, Stephanopoulos asked Nadler if he believes Trump has obstructed justice. "Before you impeach somebody, you have to persuade the American public".
That investigation was subsequently taken over by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is expected to deliver his findings to the U.S. attorney general within weeks.
Nadler also cited what he called Trump's attempts to intimidate witnesses in the investigation.
Nadler said that on Monday the committee will release the list of people and organizations it would request documents from.
He added, "In this process to be impeached, show me where the president did anything to be impeached".
Trump came out fighting, posting on Twitter that two years of "presidential Harassment" since he took office had proven nothing but Democratic lawbreaking. They're now saying we have to do our own investigation.
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The demands from Congressman Jerrold Nadler, D, set to be delivered tomorrow, are the latest indication that Democrats have kicked their scrutiny of Trump into high gear.
Testimony by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen last week directly implicated Trump in various crimes including campaign finance violations, Nadler said.
"We shouldn't be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn't avoid impeachment for a political reason", Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat who represents California, told NBC News in January.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also appeared on This Week after Nadler.
"Mr. Trump knew about the dump of the WikiLeaks material, the fact that clearly the meeting at Trump Tower, meeting which was not described appropriately in terms of offering dirt, the president's campaign manager sharing information, polling information with the Russians".
"We have to do the investigations and get all this".
A half-dozen House committees are now probing alleged coordination between Trump associates and Russia's efforts to sway the 2016 election, the President's tax returns and possible conflicts of interest involving the Trump family business and policy-making.
Trump's campaign is being investigated for alleged collusion with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election.