White House refuses Democrats' demand to hand over security clearance records

White House refuses Democrats' demand to hand over security clearance records

"Their intimidation and abuse of American citizens is shameful".

The State Department pledged to "work cooperatively with the committees".

When they took control of the House in January, Democrats promised investigations on multiple fronts involving Trump, saying their Republican counterparts had ignored red flags coming out of the White House.

The committee requested documents from Julian Assange and his website, WikiLeaks, which published emails stolen from Democrats by Russian spies during the 2016 campaign.

A report in the Times citing four people who had knowledge of the matter said Trump demanded Kelly give Kushner top secret clearance in May, one day after McGahn, the White House counsel, recommended Kushner be denied. "No collusion. It's all a hoax".

The advisers were asked about a wide variety of topics from Trump's early months, including Comey's firing, election interference and Mueller's investigation.

To be sure, Mueller's probe is far from a witch hunt, as is evidenced by the 37 indictments that have already been issued, the guilty verdicts for those such as Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, and the continuing investigation of those in President Trump's inner circle.

The president has openly flayed Mueller and his special counsel team dozens of times over the previous year for embarking on a "witch hunt" outside the investigation's original scope, even though Mueller was given broad authority to investigate whatever threads emerged from his mandate. "It's a disgrace. It's a disgrace to our country", Trump said at the White House during an unrelated event on veterans health care.

In addition to the White House, Nadler is seeking information from Trump family members, like Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Jared Kushner; from former administration figures like former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former national security adviser Mike Flynn, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former spokeswoman Hope Hicks; and from Trump campaign figures like Brad Parscale and Corey Lewandowski.

Cobb claimed he was able to keep Trump from lashing out about Mueller's investigation for almost a year before the president began attacking the special counsel publicly.

Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, in explosive congressional testimony last week, implicated the president in illegal activities, including a scheme shortly before the 2016 election to pay hush money to two women who say they had affairs with Trump.

On Sunday, Nadler declared in a TV interview that it was "clear" Trump had obstructed justice.

The panel expects some people to produce right away, and others may eventually face subpoenas, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

Among those sent letters by the committee were Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg, Georgian-American businessman Irakly Kaveladze, and companies linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, the St. Petersburg businessman known for close ties to the Kremlin.

Today, a Quinnipiac poll revealed 64% of voters say Trump committed crimes before he came into office and 45% say he has committed crimes while in office.

The President pushed harder for his son-in-law to get a clearance because of his wide-ranging portfolio, which includes a Middle East peace proposal, and because of heightened scrutiny on Kushner's inability to secure a clearance, sources said.

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