"It's very clear that the president obstructed justice".
Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN that after hearing Cohen's testimony, "We've got to dig deeper" about the extent to which Trump pursued construction of a skyscraper in Moscow during the 2016 campaign even as he told voters he was not involved in any Russian business deals.
Nadler added that Congress must also "protect and respect the work of Special Counsel" Robert Mueller but "cannot rely on others to do the investigative work for us". Nadler is probing allegations of obstruction of justice and public corruption.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D, said that she would await Mueller's findings, as well as a Justice Department investigation based in NY that is probing allegations that Trump paid hush money to two women to hide affairs, before determining whether the President should be impeached.
A US 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.
"Over the last several years, President Trump has evaded accountability for his near-daily attacks on our basic legal, ethical, and constitutional rules and norms", Nadler said in announcing the beginning of the probe.
(Left to right) Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump, Eric Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Tiffany Trump applaud during the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on February 5, 2019.
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Now that Democrats hold a majority in the House, the new probe is a sign that Trump's legal and political peril is nowhere near over, even as the Mueller's Russian Federation investigation winds down.
The powerful panel's Democratic chairman, Jerry Nadler, sent letters to 81 people and entities in Trump's current or former orbit or who may have information pertinent to the investigation, amid a push by opposition lawmakers to hold the president and his associates accountable for possible wrongdoing.
Mr Mueller is expected to hand in his report to the attorney general shortly.
They are also requesting information from the Trump Organization, the Trump Foundation, Trump Transition and Trump Campaign, as well as documents from the parent company of The National Inquirer, American Media Inc. "It's very clear - 1,100 times he referred to the Mueller investigation as a witch hunt", Nadler said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" on Sunday.
Democrats say talk of impeachment is premature. Congressman Collins discussed how his Amendment to H.R. 8, notifying ICE when an illegal immigrant fails a background check when trying to purchase a firearm, has caused a civil war in the democrat party between the 26 who voted with Republicans on the bill and those who sided with Speaker Pelosi. Our country is in crisis, and we need someone who knows how to bring people together and get things done.
"Before you impeach somebody, you have to persuade the American public that it ought to happen", he said.