WASHINGTON — Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives launched a wide-ranging investigation Monday of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, his businesses, his transition to power and whether as president he has obstructed justice to thwart probes of him.
The House Judiciary Committee sent letters to 81 people and entities linked to Trump, demanding documents within two weeks about a lengthy list of events involving the country’s 45th president. In addition to focusing on obstruction allegations, the committee said it is looking at possible public corruption and abuses of power during the two-year Trump presidency.
“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,” Congressman Jerrold Nadler, the panel’s chairman, said in announcing the investigation.
“Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee,” he said.