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House Democrats just demanded documents from 81 Trump associates
House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) is leaving no stone unturned and no President Trump associate unquestioned.
From the moment the House flipped in Democrats' favor, Nadler pledged to investigate everything from Trump's campaign to his ouster of ex-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He continued that mission on Monday, requesting documents from 81 people and entities to "begin building the public record" in case the Justice Department chooses to "conceal the work of the special counsel's investigation from the public," Nadler said in a press release.
Nadler's release comes in response to Attorney General William Barr's refusal to commit to a public release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Trump campaign's potential involvement with Russian election interference. It's all part of a new investigation Nadler announced Sunday, which will probe "obstruction of justice," "public corruption," and "abuses of power" and possibly mirror or back up Mueller's investigation, per the release.
The 81 names on Nadler's request range from ex-White House officials like Sessions and Sean Spicer, to National Enquirer publisher David Pecker, to campaign associates George Papadopoulos and Roger Stone, to Trump's family and businesses, to the NRA and WikiLeaks. The specific documents requested are all spelled out in Nadler's release. Check out the whole list of letter recipients below. Kathryn Krawczyk