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PoliticsNadler subpoenas DHS for documents related to allegations Trump offered pardons to border officials

00:10  05 september  2019
00:10  05 september  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday issued a subpoena for documents related to reports of President Donald Trump offering pardons to administration officials in his push to further his immigration agenda.

Jerrold Nadler on Wednesday subpoenaed the Department of Homeland Security for documents related to allegations that President Trump promised pardons to Nadler added the subpoena is part of Democrats’ efforts to determine whether to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump .

The head of the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed the Department of Homeland (DHS) on Wednesday for documents related to allegations that President Trump promised pardons to officials who carry out orders connected to construction of a wall at the southern border that could be illegal.

Nadler subpoenas DHS for documents related to allegations Trump offered pardons to border officials© Greg Nash Nadler subpoenas DHS for documents related to allegations Trump offered pardons to border officials

Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) asked Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan in the subpoena to provide documents related to two meetings in March and April of this year between Trump and DHS Officials where the topic of pardons reportedly came up, giving him a deadline of September 17.

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Democrats want documents related to meetings between Trump and DHS officials that took place on March 21 and April 5 where pardons reportedly were discussed. The subpoena also requires documents and communications referring to presidential pardons for potential violations of

Democrats issued a subpoena for DHS documents over allegations that Donald Trump promised pardons to “The dangling of pardons by the President to encourage government officials to violate federal Nadler brought up a possible recommendation for impeachment in his Wednesday statement.

"The dangling of pardons by the President to encourage government officials to violate federal law would constitute another reported example of the President's disregard for the rule of law," Nadler said in a statement.

The Washington Post in September reported that Trump had offered pardons to officials should they break the law to get border barriers built more quickly. At the time, a White House official did not deny that Trump had made the remarks, but said he was joking.

Nadler said the committee will examine the possible dangling of pardons as part of his panel's sprawling investigation into obstruction, public corruption and other abuses of power. The New York Democrat also linked the behavior to the president's conduct laid out in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, which examined nearly a dozen episodes of possible obstruction by Trump.

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of Homeland Security ( DHS ) for documents relating to the President’s multiple alleged attempts to offer pardons to officials carrying out his illegal Specifically, the subpoena requires the production of documents related to March 21, 2019, and April 5, 2019 meetings between the President and

Nadler issues subpoenas . Politico reported that the House Judiciary Committee issued subpoenas on Wednesday demanding the Department of Homeland The Washington Post recently reported — citing anonymous sources, of course — that Trump had offered pardons to officials working on the

"Such a troubling pattern of obstruction of justice would represent a continuation of the misconduct identified in the Mueller Report," Nadler's statement continues. "In the coming months the Committee intends to hold hearings and conduct additional oversight related to the issue of pardons as we move forward with our investigation into obstruction of justice, public corruption, and abuses of power by the President."

Under the subpoena, Democrats are asking DHS to provide documents and communications referring to presidential pardons to see whether there were "potential violations of federal law relating to the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws or the construction of a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border."

Nadler said this subpoena is part of Democrats' efforts to determine whether to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump.

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