Democrats expecting to receive ’tens of thousands’ of documents from Trump associates

Some of the people Judiciary panel sent requests to want to be subpoenaed before responding

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., says he’s “encouraged” by the responses the panel has received in response to its investigation into alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption and abuse of power by President Donald Trump and his associates. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Judiciary Committee has been promised “tens of thousands” of documents from “a large number” of the 81 associates of President Donald Trump that it sent information requests to two weeks ago, according to a status update from Chairman Jerrold Nadler.

The New York Democrat’s update on the document requests comes on the due date the committee provided to the individuals and entities it contacted. The document requests represent the initial step in a House Judiciary investigation into alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption and abuse of power by Trump and his associates. 

Although the panel has received high compliance, some of the Trump associates Nadler contacted have said they do not feel comfortable providing the requested information without a subpoena from the committee. Nadler has suggested he will use that tool as necessary but has not provided a timeline for issuing subpoenas. 

“I am encouraged by the responses we have received since sending these initial letters two weeks ago,” Nadler said in a statement. “It is my hope that we will receive cooperation from the remainder of the list, and will be working to find an appropriate accommodation with any individual who may be reluctant to cooperate with our investigation.“ 

The list of 81 people Nadler requested information from includes Trump’s adult children — some of whom work in his administration — his convicted former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and the controversy-plagued campaign consulting group Cambridge Analytica.

Trump has said that the 81 letters were “sent to innocent people to harass them.”

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Clarification Tuesday, 4:52 p.m. | An earlier version of the story should have stated that the “tens of thousands” of documents included those promised by the Trump associates contacted by the House Judiciary Committee. 

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