Democrats' goal in Trump probe: proving obstruction, collusion

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Emboldened by their new majority, Democrats are undertaking several broad new investigations into President Trump and setting the stage for a post-Robert Mueller world. "There is abundant evidence of collusion", House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff said on CBS Sunday. That includes Trump's years of cooperation with the National Tabloid Enquirer.

The committee is also looking into other conflict of interest issues within the administration, including at Trump's hotel in Washington, and into prescription drug prices. While many liberal members of the Democratic caucus think impeachment is warranted, Democratic leaders have been cautious, saying they first want to investigate. "The other thing you have to find is, listen to what Nadler said. It's all a hoax. a political hoax", Trump said at a White House event, as he suggested he would cooperate with the probe. She said this past week that the bank is cooperating with requests for documents.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, who would eventually lead any impeachment proceedings, on Sunday signaled a significant escalation into congressional inquiries into the President.

The 71-year-old Democrat now at the helm of a substantial investigation has made clear that his party is serious about probing the heart of Trump world.

Nadler said on ABC's "This Week" that lawmakers would send the letters "to begin investigations to present the case to the American people about obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power".

Democratic presidential candidates so far have not focused on the investigation on the campaign trail.

Trump also sketched a defense for two potential areas of vulnerability: his call for Russian Federation to find Hillary Clinton's missing emails during the 2016 campaign and his firing of former FBI Director James Comey in 2017. "Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee". Former White House chief of staff John Kelly and former White House counsel Don McGahn also are likely targets, he said.

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A January poll of Republican voters revealed almost two-thirds of them believed the current investigation into the affairs of the president is an attempt by the Justice Department and the FBI to hurt the president politically.

The White House has received Nadler's request and relevant officials "will review it and respond at the appropriate time", spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

They say Mr. Trump directed his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to make illegal hush-money payments to two women as a way to quash potential sex scandals during the campaign.

Inside the Touchdown Tavern in the presidential battleground state of Wisconsin, voter Aric Nowicki worries over how the impending release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation could affect the 2020 election for president.

"But I have my suspicions", he added.

Nowicki is not concerned about potential harm to President Donald Trump if Mueller accuses the Republican's campaign of working with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election. American intelligence agencies and Mueller have said Russian Federation was the source of hacked material released by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks during the campaign that was damaging to Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential effort.

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