Trump accuses Nadler of harassment in wide-ranging probe

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life 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 SchiffCoronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner Texas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill Schiff: Remote voting would not compromise national security 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 ClintonWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Hillary Clinton on US leading in coronavirus cases: Trump 'did promise "America First"' Democratic fears rise again as coronavirus pushes Biden to sidelines 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 KushnerWhite House preparing to promote malaria drugs on online platform to combat coronavirus: report Politics and the pandemic — Republicans are rightly worried In the Saudi-Russian oil price war, the US blinks first MORE, his son Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTwitter says coronavirus disinformation spread by Chinese officials does not violate rules Former lawyer for trophy hunting group joins Trump administration A rarely used fine could limit the spread of the coronavirus to the United States 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.