House Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Trump, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with potentially damaging inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses, reports the Associated Press. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Monday his panel probing possible obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power is sending document requests to 81 people linked to the president and his associates. The investigation could be setting the stage for an impeachment effort, although Democratic leaders have pledged to investigate all avenues and review special counsel Robert Mueller’s upcoming report before trying any drastic action.
Trump denounced the probe Tuesday, tweeting that Democrats “have gone stone cold CRAZY. 81 letter sent to innocent people to harass them. They won’t get ANYTHING done for our Country!” Nadler said the document requests, with responses to most due by March 18, are a way to “begin building the public record.” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called the House probe “a disgraceful and abusive investigation into tired, false allegations.” Three other House Democratic chairmen announced a separate investigation to obtain information about private conversations between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.