UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Democrats on Thursday widened their probe to isolate US President Donald Trump, despite party leaders’ disagreement on the feasibility of the move 14 months before the next presidential election.
The House Judiciary Committee approved new measures to allow more documents and testimony from the White House, revealing for the first time that the investigation is centered on “isolating” the president.
Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said the measures would contribute to activating the “hearings” aimed at determining whether texts could be recommended to isolate the president.
“The decision before us represents the next step that must be taken in the course of our investigation into corruption, obstruction of justice and the abuse of power,” Nadler said before the Democrat-controlled panel approved the expanded investigation.
The investigation revolves around four points: allegations that Trump interfered with the law in the investigation into Russia’s interference in the US elections, that he participated in payments to former mistresses to keep quiet about his relations with them, that he used his position to increase his personal wealth, and that he granted amnesty to government officials and his campaign to protect himself.
“The conduct of the investigation is a threat to our democracy,” Nadler said. “It is our duty to respond to that threat.”
While expanding the investigation is an additional step toward launching the impeachment proceedings, there are doubts about whether Democrats will vote to impeach the president, a measure that is tantamount to being charged with a crime.
Party leaders oppose the measure, particularly House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who sees it as politically risky and calls on her party to focus on the upcoming presidential and congressional elections.
On Thursday, Pelosi said the Americans “recognize that isolation is a divisive measure,” but considered the investigation would be an important step toward highlighting evidence against the president.
“I support what is happening in the judicial committee,” she said, adding that “legislation, investigation and litigation are the ways we adopt.”
In the meantime, polls suggest that public opinion opposes going ahead with the indictment of the president.
The Republican-controlled Senate will almost certainly exonerate the president.
More than half of the 235 Democratic members of the House of Representatives support the investigation.
The panel plans to question former Trump campaign director Corey Lewandowski next week as well as former White House adviser Donald McGgan.
The White House asserts that the president’s powers empower him to prevent McGhan’s testimony, especially as the latter was a key source of information on which the investigation into Russia’s interference in the elections.
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