The US House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee will seek documents from more than 60 people and organisations as it begins investigations into possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power by President Donald Trump, according to the panel's chairman.
Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler told ABC's "This Week" the panel wanted documents from the Department of Justice, the president's son Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, among others.
Rosenstein and Attorney General William Barr, Nadler said "went much further", than asserting that they would not release evidence if there's no evidence that Trump committed a crime.
In that case, Nadler said, "we will subpoena, we will do whatever we have to do".
"It's very clear that the Ppresident obstructed justice", Mr Nadler said.
The committee chief noted that talk of impeachment was too soon, however.
As evidence of obstruction, Nadler cited Trump's May 2017 firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was leading an investigation into Russian Federation activities in the 2016 USA presidential election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign. "He's dangled pardons. He's intimidated witnesses in public", the congressman explained.
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The House oversight committee, for instance, has set a Monday deadline for the White House to turn over documents related to security clearances after The New York Times reported that the President ordered officials to grant his son-in-law Jared Kushner's clearance over the objections of national security officials. "Show me where the president did anything to be impeached". "It's very clear that the president obstructed justice", he continued.
"Impeachment is a long way down the road, we don't have the facts yet, but we're going to initiate proper investigations", Mr Nadler told This Week.
Nadler's Democratic colleague on the House Judiciary committee, Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, said they would learn a lot more over the next few weeks. Clinton was impeached for it on December 19, 1998 and one of the articles of impeachment against Nixon passed by the House judiciary committee in July of 1974 was for obstruction of justice.
Trump told a group of conservative activists and politicians on Saturday that investigators want to look at his finances and business dealings because no evidence of collusion has been found.
Trump's campaign is being investigated for alleged collusion with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election.
"We have to do the investigations and get all this".
Despite Nadler's hesitation on impeachment, later in the show, House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) charged, "I think Congressman Nadler made a decision to impeach the president the day the president won the election".