A flurry of document demands

Meanwhile…the House is swinging into action.

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee delivered a flurry of document demands to the executive branch and the broader Trump world on Monday that detailed the breadth of the Democrats’ investigation into possible obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power by President Trump and his administration.

Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, the Judiciary Committee chairman, made clear on Monday that the new majority intends to train its attention on actions at the heart of Mr. Trump’s norm-bending presidency — actions that could conceivably form the basis of a future impeachment proceeding.

It will be interesting if the hearings clearly establish that Trump has committed multiple crimes, and he gets re-elected anyway. “Interesting” isn’t quite the right word, but…

The letters from Mr. Nadler, dated March 4, went to 81 agencies, individuals and other entities tied to the president, including the Trump Organization, the Trump campaign, the Trump Foundation, the presidential inaugural committee, the White House, the Justice Department, the F.B.I. and dozens of the president’s closest aides who counseled him as he launched attacks against federal investigations into him and his associates, the press, and the federal judiciary. The committee will also investigate accusations of corruption, including possible violations of campaign finance law, the Constitution’s ban on foreign emoluments and the use of office for personal gain.

Republicans assert that Democrats have already decided to target Mr. Trump for impeachment, saying repeatedly in recent weeks that despite public statements to the contrary, the new majority is determined to kick Mr. Trump out of office. (Even if the House were to impeach Mr. Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate would have to hold a trial and is unlikely to remove the president without an overwhelming case of wrongdoing.)

Like, how overwhelming? What do they need? He’s done much of his wrongdoing right out in the open where we can all see it, including Republican senators. Firing Comey to protect himself? Saying so in public? Telling the Russian ambassador and foreign minister so? Bullying Sessions for recusing himself? Forcing Sessions out? Selecting an apparently more compliant AG? Threatening witnesses on Twitter day in and day out? Getting McCabe fired? Getting FBI agents fired? Meeting alone with Putin? Advertising his golf course on Twitter? Lying about the payout to Stormy Daniels?

Dangerous times.

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