Trump accuses Nadler of harassment in wide-ranging probe

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE on Tuesday attacked Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), accusing the House Judiciary Committee chairman of attempting to “harass” his associates in a wide-ranging probe into Trump’s administration, campaign and businesses.

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“Nadler, Schiff and the Dem heads of the Committees have gone stone cold CRAZY. 81 letter sent to innocent people to harass them. They won’t get ANYTHING done for our Country!” he tweeted.

The president also referenced House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffJudge finds Stone violated gag order, blocks him from using social media The peculiar priorities of Adam Schiff Trump knocks Mueller after deal struck for him to testify MORE (D-Calif.), who on Monday made a sweeping request for documents and interviews related to Trump’s conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump said Democrats are ramping up their investigations “now that they realize the only Collusion with Russia was done by Crooked Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump thanks 'vicious young Socialist Congresswomen' for his poll numbers Will Trump's racist tweets backfire? Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE & the Democrats.”

 

Tuesday’s tweet is the latest sign the president is taking a more forceful tone against Nadler and other Democrats, who are using their newly found power in the House to besiege the White House with investigations.

Nadler on Monday issued requests for information from 81 people or entities related to Trump. Among those who have been targeted by the committee are President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment White House abruptly cancels Trump meeting with GOP leaders The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question MORE, his son Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question Trump set to host controversial social media summit Trump associate Felix Sater grilled by House Intel MORE, Vice President Pence and others.

The White House on Monday night issued a blistering statement, accusing Nadler of having political motives in opening a “disgraceful and abusive investigation” into allegations of obstruction of justice, corruption and abuses of power. 

“The Democrats are more interested in pathetic political games and catering to a radical, leftist base than on producing results for our citizens,” said press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “The Democrats are not after the truth, they are after the president.”

Earlier on Monday, Trump suggested he might cooperate with the investigation, telling reporters, “I cooperate all the time with everybody.”

But the latest statements suggest the White House could invoke executive privilege or take other steps to block Democrats from obtaining information related to the inner workings of the West Wing.

Updated at 8:50 a.m.