President Donald Trump blasted House Democrats on Monday after they announced the launch of a new 'abuse of power' investigation with 81 separate document requests to people and organizations inside the president's orbit.
The targets include his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner, disgraced former lawyer Michael Cohen and former adviser Roger Stone, who is awaiting trial.
'It’s a political hoax,' Trump said as he hosted an event for college football players at the White House.
'I cooperate all the time with everybody,' he insisted, suggesting that the White House won't gratuitously dodge the requests from Capitol Hill.
Monday's letters are requests. Recipients aren't yet obligated to provide anything to Congress, but the powerful Judiciary Committee has subpoena power to back up any demands that might come later.
'You know the beautiful thing?' Trump asked as he joshed with the North Dakota State University football players. 'No collusion. It’s all a hoax.'
'You’re going to learn about that as you grow older," Trump told the players before inviting them to lunch on a spread of fast food.
President Donald Trump shoved back Monday against House Democrats after they launched a fusillade of letters at his family members and both current and former associates, asking for a broad array of private and government documents
'It’s a political hoax,' Trump said as he hosted an event for the North Dakota State college football team at the White House; the athletes chowed down on Chick Fil-A and McDonald's
Target: The House Judiciary Committee led by Democrat Jerrold Nadler (right) wrote to 81 people, groups, companies and agencies linked to President Trump (left) as it probes what Nadler calls possible 'abuses of power' by the president
The Judiciary Committee had sent out a blaze of document requests hours earlier as it launched a widespread probe of potential obstruction of justice by the president and an examination of what the panel's chairman called 'threats to the rule of law.'
The document requests hit nearly every major figure to have emerged in the Russia probe – as well as long time business and political associates of Trump, from his longtime right hand executive at his business empire to various shadowy figures who attended a campaign Trump Tower meeting with Russians.
Also on the list are Trump's former White House counsel, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former press aide Hope Hicks, and National Enquirer boss David Pecker.
The probe's scope even brought in the estate of a late GOP donor, Peter Smith, who killed himself in 2017 after speaking about his efforts to secure Hillary Clinton emails from Russian hackers.
The probe also seeks information from the Trump Organization, including any information it has maintained about Trump's meetings as president with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump, pictured in the East Room of the White House accepting a personalized jersey from the players, told them that as they grow up they will 'learn about' hoaxes as they grow older
Friends and enemies in the frame: The Democrat-controlled committee, which has subpoena power to back up its requests, has asked aides-turned-enemies including Michael Cohen and aides who remain friends including Hope Hicks to turn over documents
The White House has spent months arming itself to battle document requests from congressional Democrats, and is expected to vigorously oppose efforts to gain access to administration documents.
Congressional panel said on Monday that it has served document requests on 81 government agencies, entities and individuals as part of an investigation into alleged obstruction of justice and other abuses by President Donald Trump and others.
Among those targeted by the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee are the president's sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, WikiLeaks, White House aide and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former White House counsel Don McGahn.
'We have seen the damage done to our democratic institutions in the two years that the Congress refused to conduct responsible oversight. Congress must provide a check on abuses of power,' House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in a statement.
Among the committee's aims is determining whether Trump may have obstructed justice by ousting perceived enemies at the Justice Department, such as former FBI Director James Comey, and abused his presidential power by possibly offering pardons or tampering with witnesses.
'The House Judiciary Committee´s letter has been received by the White House,' White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. 'The (White House) Counsel's Office and relevant White House officials will review it and respond at the appropriate time.'
Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said the department has received the committee's letter and is evaluating the request.
Republicans in Congress accuse Democrats of pursuing an impeachment agenda as part of a political strategy to reclaim the White House in the 2020 election.
Comey was leading an investigation into Russia activities in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign when the president fired him in May 2017.
The investigation was subsequently taken over by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is expected to end his investigation and report his findings to Attorney General William Barr in coming weeks.
Nadler said Mueller and prosecutors conducting investigators in the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office are aware of the committee's action.
'We will act quickly to gather this information, assess the evidence, and follow the facts where they lead with full transparency with the American people,' Nadler said.
Some of those the committee is seeking documents from are among the dozens indicted by Mueller.
They include former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former Trump adviser Roger Stone, and former attorney Michael Cohen.
Targeted – but not their sister: Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump have been served with document requests but not Ivanka
Also on the committee's list are others who worked on Trump's 2016 campaign or in the White House such as Hope Hicks, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer; Rhona Graff, a long-time executive assistant at the Trump Organization; and David Pecker, chief executive of American Media Inc, which publishes the supermarket tabloid the National Enquirer.
Trump maintains that his campaign did not collude with Russia and has repeatedly attacked the investigation, Mueller and the Mueller staff on Twitter.
The committee's investigation will cast a wider net than Mueller, whose investigation is focused on specific crimes. The panel also is looking at whether Trump has used the White House for personal enrichment in violation of the Constitution's emoluments clause.
Several U.S. congressional committees are pursuing investigations focusing on Trump.
Democrats say Cohen's testimony before the House Oversight Committee last week directly implicated Trump in various crimes including campaign finance violations.
Hand them over: This the the letter and document demand House Democrats - who can use subpoena power - sent to Hope Hicks, Trump's former director of strategic communications
ALL 81 TARGETS OF DEMOCRATS' SHOCK AND AWE DEMAND FOR TRUMP 'ABUSE' DOCUMENTS
Here are the 81 people and entities sent letters and document requests by the House Judiciary Committee on Monday March 4 2019
1. Alan Garten. Trump Organization chief legal officer and executive vice president. Has worked for Trump since 2006
2. Alexander Nix. Former CEO of Cambridge Analytica; former director of Strategic Communication Laboratories Group (SCL). Boasted that Cambridge Analytica 'ran all of [Trump's] digital campaign' which campaign denies
3. Allen Weisselberg. Chief financial officer, The Trump Organization. Already has limited immunity from federal prosecutors in Michael Cohen probe
4. American Media Inc. Publisher of the National Enquirer magazine. Entered into non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors in the Michael Cohen probe after being part of deals to silence Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal over claims o sex with Trump
Target: American Media Inc and its CEO David Pecker - the president's longtime friend -are both in Democratic crosshairs with a letter demanding they hand over documents about dealings with Trump
5. Anatoli Samochornov. Acted as translator for Nataliya Veselnitskaya at notorious Trump Tower meeting
6. Andrew Intrater. CEO of Columbus Nova, which made payments of $500,000 to the Michael Cohen-controlled LLC also used to pay Storm Damiels. Believed to be a cousin of Viktor Veselberg, sanctioned oligarch whose business in linked to Columbus Nova
7. Annie Donaldson. Deputy White House Counsel, January 2017 to December 2018
8. Brad Parscale. Trump campaign digital president who company was paid $94 million by the campaign. Now 202 re-election campaign manager
9. Brittany Kaiser. Former Cambridge Analaytica director turned whistleblower; has co-operated with Robert Mueller probe
10. Cambridge Analytica. Data-mining company partly owned by mega-donor Robert Mercer which did work for Trump campaign. Closed in wake of revelation it used Facebook users' personal data acquired by subterfuge
11. Carter Page. Trump campaign foreign policy adviser who was target of FISA 'eavesdropping warrant' over suspected links to Russia. Name appeared in so-called golden showers dossier.
12. Columbus Nova. New York-registered investment company. Described in federal filings as affiliated to group founded by sanctioned Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg
13. Concord Management and Consulting. Sanctioned Russian company owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the oligarch nicknamed 'Putin's chef' who is accused of running troll farms
14. Corey Lewandowski. Trump campaign manager January 2015 to June 2016. Now a political consultant
15. David Pecker. CEO of American Media Inc, publisher of the National Enquirer and long-time Trump friend. Subject to non-prosecution agreement with U.S. Attorney for Southern District of New York over Michael Cohen probe
16. Department of Justice
17. Don McGahn. White House counsel January 2017 to October 2018
18. Donald J Trump Revocable Trust. Legal vehicle which has held all of Trump's business assets since he entered office. Trustees are Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg; Eric Trump chairs its advisory board
19. Donald Trump Jr. President's eldest son and one of the trustees of the trust holding his business interests
Another focus: Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg (center) has received a letter from Democrats. He and Donald Trump Jr. make up the board of the trust which holds all the president's assets
20. Dylan Howard. Vice president and chief content officer of American Media Inc, publisher of the National Enquirer. In a non-prosecution agreement with the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York over Michael Cohen probe.
21. Eric Trump. President's second son. Executive vice president of the Trump Organization and chairman of advisory board to the trust which holds his father's business assets
22. Erik Prince. Billionaire founder of controversial security firm Blackwater and brother of Betsy DeVos, the Education Secretary. Met Russian banker close to Putin in the Seychelles in January 2017
Letter: Hope Hicks is being told to hand over documents to Congress
23. Federal Bureau of Investigation
24. Felix Sater. Convicted Russian mobster turned Manhattan property developer who had office beside Trump in Trump Tower. Worked with Michael Cohen on Trump Tower Moscow
25. Flynn Intel Group. Company run by now disgraced national security advisor Michael Flynn before taking office which was hired to lobby by a company tied to the Turkish government
26. General Services Administration. Government agency which helps with the running of basic functions such as IT and property procurement.
27. George Nader. Pedophile Middle Eastern fixer who is co-operating with Mueller probe. Adviser to both United Arab Emirates' de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, and Blackwater billionaire Erik Prince
28. George Papadopoulos. Trump campaign foreign policy adviser convicted of lying to the Mueller probe and jailed. Tried to set up Trump-Putin meetings
29. Hope Hicks. Trump organization PR who was press secretary to Trump campaign, then successively White House 'director of strategic communications' and communications director. Resigned in March 2018 after admitting she told 'white lies' and DailyMail.com's revelation she was dating Rob Porter, Trump's ex-staff secretary who is accused of beating both his ex-wives. Now chief communications officer for Fox, parents company of Fox News and other Rupert Murdoch holdings not being bought by ABC
30. Irakly Kaveladze. Georgian-American senior vice president of Crocus Group, property firm run by oligarch Aras Agalarov, the billionaire who brokered Trump Tower meeting and tried to do a Trump Tower Moscow deal
31. Jared Kushner. Ivanka Trump's husband and senior adviser to the president. Ran his family's Kushner Companies real estate firm from 2006 to January 2017
Pedophile: Middle Eastern fixer George Nader has child sex convictions
32. Jason Maloni. Former personal spokesman for Paul Manafort
33. Jay Sekulow. personal attorney to Trump since late spring 2017
34. Jeff Sessions. Ex-Alabama senator who was first to endorse Trump. Became attorney general but immediately recused himself from investigations into campaign or president, opening way to Mueller probe
35. Jerome Corsi. Conspiracy theorist and Roger Stone associate who denies communicating with WikiLeaks about hacked Clinton emails
36. John Szobocsan. Longtime business partner of late Republican operative Peter Smith. Dead man openly attempted to obtain Hillary Clinton's missing emails
37. Julian Assange. WikiLeaks founder who is holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London
38. Julian David Wheatland. New CEO of Cambridge Analytica, former chairman of its British affiliate
39. Keith Davidson. Attorney for Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal when they cut deals to keep their silence on claims of sex with Trump
40. KT McFarland. Deputy National Security Advisor January 2017 to may 2017; nominated as ambassador to Singapore but withdrew in September 2018
41. Mark Corallo. Longtime Republican operative who was spokesman for Trump's legal team until July 2017
42. Matt Tait. Cybersecurity consultant contacted by late Republican political operative Peter Smith when he was trying to get Hillary Clinton's deleted emails
43. Matthew Calamari. Corporate director of security, The Trump Organization; named by Michael Cohen as one who knew about claims Trump engaged in insurance fraud
44. Michael Caputo. Political adviser to Trump 2016 campaign November 2015 to June 2016. Previously worked for politicians in Russia and Ukraine
45. Michael Cohen. Trump personal attorney who paid Stormy Daniels for her silence. Convicted of offenses including lying to Congress and has turned on the president, who called him a 'rat.' Due to report to prison in May
46. Michael Flynn. National security advisor January-February 2017. Fired for lying about his contacts with Russia and now convicted of lying to the FBI. Conviction was part of Mueller probe with whom he is co-operating. Still to be sentenced
47. Michael Flynn Jr. Son of disgraced national security advisor. Helped run his father's firm and was prolific pro-Trump tweeted. Account now deleted
48. Paul Erickson. Longtime Republican operative who was in a relationship with alleged Russian spy Maria Butina. Tried to set up Trump-Putin meeting at an NRA convention. Indicted on fraud charges
49. Paul Manafort. Veteran Republican operative and political consultant who was Trump's campaign chairman June 2016-August 2016. Convicted in Mueller prosecution of crimes including failing to register as a foreign agent for his Ukrainian lobbying, tax and bank fraud. Facing 25 years in prison
50. Peter Smith (Estate). Republican donor who tried to get the deleted Hillary Clinton emails and contacted what he thought were Russian hackers. Committed suicide day after revealing his activities, leaving wife, three children and three grandchildren
To Russia with love: Publicist Rob Goldstone set up the notorious Trump Tower meeting
51. Randy Credico. New York comedian who texted his associate Roger Stone: 'Julian Assange has kryptonite on Hillary.' Co-operated with Mueller probe
52. Reince Priebus. Chairman of the Republican National Committee January 2011-November 2016. White House chief of staff January 2017-July 2017
53. Rhona Graff. Longtime executive assistant to Trump who has worked with him at the Trump Organization since 1987
54. Rinat Akhmetshin. Soviet military intelligence veteran turned lobbyist who was present at notorious Trump Tower meeting and also lobbied in Washington to overturn Magnitsky Act sanctions on Russia
55. Rob Goldstone. British-American publicist for Emin Agalarov who emailed Donald Trump Jr. to set up notorious Trump Tower meeting. Has co-operated with Mueller probe
56. Roger Stone. Veteran dirty trickster and Trump associate charged by Mueller probe with obstruction, false statements and witness tampering. Awaiting trial. At center of claims he was a conduit to WikiLeaks
57. Ronald Lieberman. Trump Organization executive vice president; named by Michael Cohen as one who knew about claims Trump engaged in insurance fraud
58. Sam Nunberg. Roger Stone protege; Trump consultant 2011-February 2014 and parts of 2015. Accused Trump of illegally funneling corporate money into his campaign; has co-operated with Mueller probe
59. SCL Group Limited. New name for Strategic Communications Laboratories, parent company of Cambridge Analytica. Claims to have influenced elections around the world
60. Sean Spicer. Republican National Committee communications director February 2011-December 2016. White House Press Secretary January 2017-July 2017
61. Sheri Dillon. Tax lawyer to Donald Trump and partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Washington. Being investigated House Oversight Committee on suspicion of making false statements
62. Stefan Passantino. White House Deputy Counsel in charge of ethics and compliance January 2017-August 2018. Being investigated House Oversight Committee on suspicion of making false statements
63. Steve Bannon. Ex-investment banker who was Breitbart executive chairman March 2012-August 2016. Chief executive of Trump campaign August 2016-November 2016. Chief counselor and senior strategist to Trump November 2016-August 2017
Reason to smile: Mike Pence is the only man left in Trump's service in this January 2018 picture - and the only one without a demand to hand over documents. Those sent the letter are from left: Reince Priebus; Steve Bannon; Sean Spicer; Mike Flynn
64. Ted Malloch. London-based American academic with history of dubious claims who is associate of Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage and campaigned to be Trump's ambassador to the European Union. Was held by Mueller and appears to have co-operated
65. The White House
66. Trump Campaign
67. Trump Foundation. Family foundation for 'charitable distribution' whose board was Trump, Donald Jr. Ivanka, and Eric Trump and Allen Weisselberg. Under investigation by New York state attorney general who stopped Trump's attempts to dissolve it in 2016; still legally in existence as a result
68. Trump Organization. The entity which controls all Trump's business ventures
69. Trump Transition. Organization chaired by then New Jersey governor Chris Christie May 2016-November 11, 2011, then by Mike Pence
70. Viktor Vekselberg. Ukrainian-Russian billionaire subject to U.S. sanctions. Questioned by Mueller over $500,000 paid to the LLC controlled by Michael Cohen which was also used to pay Stormy Daniels
71. Wikileaks. Organization led by Julian Assange which published hacked Clinton emails
72. 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee. Committed headed by Trump friend Tom Barrack. Under investigation already by federal and state prosecutors
73. Christopher Bancroft Burnham. Member of Trump transition team who is now on board of formerly sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska's En+ Group
74. Frontier Services Group. Security firm founded by Erik Prince after sale of controversial Blackwater security group
75. J.D. Gordon. Trump campaign's 'director of national security'; pushed for Republican National Committee to change language on arms for Ukraine, removing commitment to arm fight against pro-Russian separatists
76. Kushner Companies. Property holding company led by Jared Kushner from 2006 to January 2017
77. NRA. National Rifle Association. Alleged to have been targeted by Russian spy Maria Butina. Endorsed Trump in May 2016, earlier than previous cycles
78. Rick Gates. Paul Manafort deputy who was deputy Trump campaign chair June 2016-November 2016, then Inaugural Committee deputy chair. Struck plea deal with Mueller Februayr 2018 and is co-operating with probe while waiting to be sentenced
79. Tom Barrack. Founder and executive chairman of Colony Capital private equity group and longtime Trump friend. Chair of inaugural committee and has brokered meetings in Middle East. Interviewed by Mueller probe
80. Tom Bossert. Assistant to the president for homeland security and counter-terrorism, January 2017-April 2018. Fell for a prankster who posed as Jared Kushner
81. Tony Fabrizio. Chief pollster to Trump campaign from May 2015 to election day. Questioned by Mueller about whether polling data was shared with Russia