On Sunday, Democrat Congressman and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler said his committee would be sending out more than 60 subpoenas.
The legal documents would legally require the recipients to supply information to or testify before the committee.
“Tomorrow, we will be issuing document requests to over 60 different people and individuals from the White House to the Department of Justice, Donald Trump, Jr., Allen Weisselberg, to begin the investigations to present the case to the American people about obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power,” Nadler said on ABC News’ “This Week.”
From ABC News:
“Do you think the president obstructed justice?” asked ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.
“Yes, I do,” Nadler said.
Earlier in the interview, however, Nadler said impeachment was “a long way down the road,” even after Michael Cohen’s public testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill Wednesday, in which President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer accused the president of being “a racist,” “a conman,” “a cheat” and alleged the president was involved in an illegal act that’s not yet been reported.
According to the report, the committee should subpoena Trump Jr. among some others who were mentioned in Cohen’s testimony:
In December, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison by a federal judge in Manhattan for various crimes including campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress.
Cohen told the committee Wednesday that he’s in “constant contact” with the Southern District of New York.
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., asked Cohen if he was aware of “any other wrongdoing or illegal act … regarding Donald Trump that” hadn’t been discussed yet in the hearing.
“Yes,” he said, “and again, those are part of the investigation that’s currently being looked at by the Southern District of New York.”
During Nadler’s appearance on “This Week,” he said: “What we learned from the Cohen testimony is that he directly implicated the president in — in various crimes, both while seeking the office of president and while in the White House.”
“We don’t have the facts yet. But we’re going to initiate proper investigations,” he continued.
“The Republicans spent two years shielding the president from any proper accountability … [T]hey threatened to impeach people in Justice Department, they threatened the — the Mueller investigation. It’s our job to protect the rule of law. That’s our core function. And to do that we are going to initiate investigations into abuses of power, into corruption of — into corruption and into obstruction of justice,” Nadler added, per ABC News.
The chairman also said a person can be prosecuted for an impeachable offense even if that offense is not a crime: “there can be crimes that are impeachable offenses and impeachable offenses that are not crimes.”
And, ABC News reports:
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On “This Week,” Nadler said that an attempt “to sabotage a fair election would be an impeachable offense.”
“Is that what you saw?” Stephanopoulos said, asking if the campaign finance violation “like the one outlined against President Trump” qualified.
‘Well, we’ll see,” Nadler responded. “But we’re far from making decisions on that.”