Nadler: Impeachment ‘a Long Ways off,’ Promises New Document Requests

Jerrold Nadler
In the wake of Michael Cohen's bombshell public testimony, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, says he thinks President Trump obstructed justice, and is putting the wheels into motion, issuing document requests from over 60 different people and organizations tomorrow.

Nadler was appearing on ABC's This Week when he discussed his plans.

“Do you think the president obstructed justice?” asked show host George Stephanopoulos.

“Yes, I do,” said Nadler.

Nadler is going to begin a series of document requests on Monday, seeking further information into actions by President Trump to halt investigations into his wrongdoing both during his campaign and during his presidency.

“Tomorrow, we will be issuing document requests to over 60 different people and individuals from the White House to the Department of Justice, Donald Trump, Jr., Allen Weisselberg, to begin the investigations to present the case to the American people about obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power,” said Nadler.

Nadler, however, is not yet talking impeachment, telling Stephanopoulos that that is, “a long way down the road" yet. 

“We don’t have the facts yet. But we’re going to initiate proper investigations,” said Nadler

"The Republicans spent two years shielding the president from any proper accountability," said Nadler. "They threatened to impeach people in Justice Department, they threatened the Mueller investigation. It’s our job to protect the rule of law. That’s our core function. And to do that we are going to initiate investigations into abuses of power,  into corruption and into obstruction of justice."

Nevertheless, Nadler was clear on the impact of the Cohen hearings.

"What we learned from the Cohen testimony is that he directly implicated the president in -- in various crimes, both while seeking the office of president and while in the White House,” said Nadler. 

Michael Cohen, the President's former lawyer and self-proclaimed "fixer" spoke to Congress last week, but in private and public, calling President Trump a racist, a con man, and a cheat.

Image via screen capture from video source.

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