- The Washington Times - Monday, March 4, 2019

House Democrats fired off 81 document requests to people in President Trump’s orbit Monday, launching the beginnings of an effort they say is intended to spot crimes — and could result in impeachment.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, who would oversee impeachment hearings, announced the requests, which range from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the president’s business empire to his family, his current and former advisers and the National Rifle Association.

“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,” Mr. Nadler said.

Piggybacking on that demand, the House Oversight, Foreign Affairs and intelligence committees joined together to demand access to the president’s translators for his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Those committees also demanded access to anyone else who was in the meetings, was told about the meetings, or read about the meetings, either from U.S. or foreign sources.

The combined requests — the political equivalent of a body cavity search — are likely to spark a major fight over access to presidential advisers.

Mr. Nadler said his requests are intended to build a public record on Mr. Trump in case special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative report is bottled up.

He said Mr. Mueller is aware of the requests.

Rep. Doug Collins, ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said Mr. Nadler was jumping the gun.

“We don’t even know what the Mueller report says, but Democrats are already hedging their bets,” he said. “After recklessly prejudging the president for obstruction, Chairman Nadler is pursuing evidence to back up his conclusion because, as he admits, ‘we don’t have the facts yet.’”

Mr. Trump mocked the demands but suggested he will abide by them.

“I cooperate all the time with everybody,” he said. He called the document demands “a political hoax,” using the same language he deploys to mock the special counsel’s investigation.

The White House issued a terse message acknowledging the requests.

“The House Judiciary Committee’s letter has been received by the White House. The counsel’s office and relevant White House officials will review it and respond at the appropriate time,” said press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Mr. Trump said over the weekend that he was the victim of “presidential harassment.”

“I am an innocent man,” he said on Twitter Sunday morning.

Hours later he returned to the topic again, tweeting: “Presidential Harassment by ‘crazed’ Democrats at the highest level in the history of our Country. Likewise, the most vicious and corrupt Mainstream Media that any president has ever had to endure.”

Democratic House leaders have said they are not yet certain if they will pursue impeachment, but the new document requests and an increasingly strident tone suggest the needle is swinging in that direction.

Mr. Nadler’s targets give some indication of the directions he’s going.

Donald Trump Jr. and lawyers for the Trump Organization are among those names, suggesting more inquiries into the 2016 campaign and to the president’s business operations even before he was a candidate.

The list of requests, as released by Mr. Nadler, covered:

  1. Alan Garten (letterdocument requests
  2. Alexander Nix (letterdocument requests
  3. Allen Weisselberg (letterdocument requests
  4. American Media Inc (letterdocument requests)
  5. Anatoli Samochornov (letterdocument requests)
  6. Andrew Intrater (letterdocument requests)
  7. Annie Donaldson (letterdocument requests)
  8. Brad Parscale (letterdocument requests)
  9. Brittany Kaiser (letterdocument requests)
  10. Cambridge Analytica (letterdocument requests
  11. Carter Page (letter, document requests)
  12. Christopher Bancroft Burnham (letter, document requests)
  13. Columbus Nova (letterdocument requests)
  14. Concord Management and Consulting (letterdocument requests)
  15. Corey Lewandowski (letterdocument requests)
  16. David Pecker (letterdocument requests)
  17. Department of Justice (letterdocument requests)
  18. Don McGahn (letterdocument requests
  19. Donald J Trump Revocable Trust (letterdocument requests
  20. Donald Trump Jr. (letterdocument requests
  21. Dylan Howard (letterdocument requests)
  22. Eric Trump (letterdocument requests)
  23. Erik Prince (letterdocument requests)
  24. Federal Bureau of Investigation (letter, document requests)
  25. Felix Sater (letterdocument requests)
  26. Flynn Intel Group (letterdocument requests)
  27. Frontier Services Group (letter, document requests)
  28. General Services Administration (letterdocument requests)
  29. George Nader (letterdocument requests)
  30. George Papadopoulos (letterdocument requests)
  31. Hope Hicks (letterdocument requests)
  32. Irakly Kaveladze (letterdocument requests)
  33. J.D. Gordon (letter, document requests)
  34. Jared Kushner (letterdocument requests)
  35. Jason Maloni (letterdocument requests)
  36. Jay Sekulow (letterdocument requests)
  37. Jeff Sessions (letterdocument requests)
  38. Jerome Corsi (letterdocument requests)
  39. John Szobocsan (letterdocument requests)
  40. Julian Assange (letterdocument requests)
  41. Julian David Wheatland (letterdocument requests)
  42. Keith Davidson (letterdocument requests)
  43. KT McFarland (letterdocument requests)
  44. Kushner Companies (letter, document requests)
  45. Mark Corallo (letterdocument requests)
  46. Matt Tait (letterdocument requests)
  47. Matthew Calamari (letterdocument requests)
  48. Michael Caputo (letterdocument requests)
  49. Michael Cohen (letterdocument requests)
  50. Michael Flynn (letterdocument requests)
  51. Michael Flynn Jr (letterdocument requests)
  52. National Rifle Association (letter, document requests)
  53. Paul Erickson (letterdocument requests)
  54. Paul Manafort (letterdocument requests)
  55. Peter Smith (Estate) (letterdocument requests)
  56. Randy Credico (letterdocument requests)
  57. Reince Priebus (letterdocument requests)
  58. Rhona Graff (letterdocument requests)
  59. Rick Gates (letter, document requests)
  60. Rinat Akhmetshin (letterdocument requests)
  61. Rob Goldstone (letterdocument requests)
  62. Roger Stone (letter, document requests)
  63. Ronald Lieberman (letterdocument requests)
  64. Sam Nunberg (letterdocument requests)
  65. SCL Group Limited (letterdocument requests)
  66. Sean Spicer (letterdocument requests)
  67. Sheri Dillon (letterdocument requests)
  68. Stefan Passantino (letterdocument requests)
  69. Steve Bannon (letterdocument requests)
  70. Ted Malloch (letterdocument requests)
  71. The White House (letterdocument requests)
  72. Tom Barrack (letter, document requests)
  73. Tom Bossert (letter, document requests)
  74. Tony Fabrizio (letter, document requests)
  75. Trump Campaign (letterdocument requests)
  76. Trump Foundation (letterdocument requests)
  77. Trump Organization (letterdocument requests)
  78. Trump Transition (letterdocument requests)
  79. Viktor Vekselberg (letterdocument requests)
  80. WikiLeaks (letterdocument requests)
  81. 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee (letter, document requests)

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