Ex-White House counsel calls Robert Mueller 'American hero'

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Its political team is ready to distract and disparage.

Ever since Donald Trump was elected president and consolidated his hold over the Republican base, the consistent position of most GOP officeholders, in the face of gigabytes of debunking by fact checkers, has been: Trump never lies.

"All the people on the list have given information already", Nadler said, either to Special Counsel Robert Mueller for his probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election or to federal prosecutors for the Southern District of NY in their corruption probe.

Ultimately, it would be playing into President Trump's hands for the Democrats to pursue impeachment without unquestionable evidence of wrongdoing, he said.

Typically used to setting the national or global agenda, presidents are by definition on their back foot when they come under investigation.

Rep. Tlaib won't be the first to make such a move against President Trump.

The expansive new probe could pave the way toward possible impeachment proceedings against Trump. "And we'll fight where we need and we'll co-operate where we need, but the desperation shows". His three-year prison sentence will begin in May.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders skewered Nadler's probe in a Monday evening statement, calling it "disgraceful and abusive". "Why can't they just defeat him In 2020 if they hate him so much?"

Several other committees are probing related matters, and while many might overlap, the leaders say they are working together on the investigations.

With so many possible criminal activities covering an extended period of time, it would not be surprising to see one of the enforcement agencies ultimately use the federal RICO statute to prosecute Trump or his organization.

White House officials described their plan for addressing the mounting requests as multi-layered. "And that's basically what the Democrats are launching - all of them", Fleischer said. In particular, they intend to be deeply protective of executive power and privilege - a defence used by previous administrations against probing lawmakers with varying degrees of success.

In subsequent tweets, Trump accused Democrats of conducting a "big, fat, fishing expedition" and wrote in all capital leters, "PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!"

A day after Democrats won control of the House, the president warned he would create gridlock in Washington by going to a "war-like posture" if he determined their probes of his 2016 campaign, businesses and presidency were going too far. And all acknowledge there is no chance that Trump will stop commenting and criticizing the investigations. The committee is seeking records from 81 persons closely associated with Trump.

In his public testimony before the House oversight and reform committee last week, Cohen called Trump a con man, a cheat and a racist.

Conspicuously absent from the list of Nadler's targets - who have two weeks to respond - is the president's eldest daughter Ivanka Trump, a senior White House advisor married to Kushner.

The exchange was predictable, with both sides using the exchange of letters for political means, and in anticipation of nearly certain judicial proceedings.

The former lawyer testified publicly before the House Oversight Committee last week.

"You know, you could ask that question to the president", McCarthy said.

Tlaib downplayed any differences with House Democratic leaders, saying, "when I speak to leadership they constantly remind me I have to represent my district". Still, some expressed some relief that the requests dealt with documents previously turned over to other investigators.

Trump dismissed the Nadler probe and others as futile efforts "in search of a crime".

But the request affirmed the shadow that current and former staffers still live under.

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