The House Judiciary Committee authorized subpoenas to a dozen people in President Donald Trump’s orbit, including his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as part of Democrats’ widening probe into possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power in the White House, the Wall Street Journal reports. The party-line vote would authorize subpoenas to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, as well as to former national-security adviser Mike Flynn and former White House chief of staff John Kelly, as well as David Pecker, the tabloid publisher who recently agreed to sell his National Enquirer, and Dylan Howard, the tabloid’s editor.
The subpoenas represent one of the most aggressive moves yet by the panel, demanding testimony from President Donald Trump’s family and closest confidants. Several of the subpoenas are directed at individuals who participated in payoffs of former Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult-film actress Stormy Daniels—two women who alleged affairs with Trump, which he has denied. The panel authorized the issuance of subpoenas for documents and testimony from current and former Trump administration officials related to immigration practices, including its “zero-tolerance” policy last year of detaining adults trying to cross the southern border into the U.S., splitting children from their parents. The subpoenas would also apply to discussions about, or offers of, presidential pardons to Department of Homeland Security officials. Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said the subpoenas would be issued as part of an investigation into what he called “obstruction, corruption, and abuse of power by the President and his associates,” as well as an inquiry into the administration’s immigration policies. Trump, who portrayed the House investigation as an unnecessary redo of the earlier probe by special counsel Robert Mueller, said, “How many bites at the apple do they get…Enough already, go back to work!”