While most high-ranking Congressional Democrats have indicated that impeachment is far off and now not even on the table, it is clear that Nadler's expansive investigation has been launched with the goal of uncovering evidence that the president committed criminal, impeachable offenses.
The subpoenas are part of a mission by Democrats to take down Trump, whose presidency has been beset by accusations of criminal activity since before his inauguration.
Mueller's team has enlisted attorneys from other parts of the Justice Department to jointly prosecute three ongoing cases, court records show, and referrals by Mueller have given rise to independent inquiries in Washington, Virginia and NY.
Ryan reportedly left the impression Cohen would cooperate with prosecutors investigating him if he could not rely on a pardon. Goldman formerly worked in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY, where former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and other crimes.
His panel sent document requests to 81 people connected to the president and his associates.
The topic is now under investigation by the Southern District of NY.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment for this article.
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The president's attorneys were noncommittal during the conversation with Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan, the people said.
Conspicuously absent from the list of Nadler's targets - who have two weeks to respond - is the president's eldest daughter Ivanka Trump, a senior White House advisor married to Kushner. "Mr Trump has been lashing out over Democrats" probes.
The committee asked Caputo, for instance, to produce documents related to a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer.
Cipollone noted that he had offered to have the White House's chief security officer brief the committee and have the committee review the processes for clearance approval, but that the committee did not deem this response sufficient.
After Democrats reclaimed the House majority in January, they launched a series of investigations into the president's family business, his taxes, and payments to women who claimed to have had affairs with him - among other areas of interest. Moscow also denies collusion. Nor was Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller as special counsel.
Defending his panel's sweeping request, Nadler said House Democrats have "a responsibility to investigate these matters and hold hearings for the public to have all the facts".
The information gathered by the Judiciary Committee, along with that in the yet-to-be-released report by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump campaign links to Russian Federation and obstruction allegations, could form the basis of impeachment proceedings against Trump. "There is the possibility that they could get out over their skis or overshoot the runway and do what happened to Bill Clinton in the '90s", she said.
"If anyone thinks these dangling investigations are going to be a stalking horse for a continuation of the Mueller investigation, they're dreaming", Ray said.