House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) called President Donald Trump the "greatest threat" to U.S. democracy since "the Civil War" in an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis on New York’s AM 970 radio station. Nadler said Trump’s attacks on civil society, particularly the press, have made him a threat to constitutional governance.
Nadler’s committee will probe whether Trump has obstructed the Russia investigation, engaged in abuse of his office, and whether the President has violated the emoluments clause of the U.S. constitution.
“Clearly ... there have been major abuses of power, major obstruction of justice, obvious violations of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. All of these have to be looked at," Nadler told Catsimatidis according to the Hill.
In the interview, Nadler also said that Democrats will push for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report to be made public.
Recently confirmed Attorney General Bob Barr has been publicly non-committal to publicly releasing the report. Mueller’s report could be highly embarrassing to the President since it could detail the President’s attempts to derail the Special Counsel’s investigation, and even highlight possibly illegal conduct on his part.
The President has called the Special Counsel’s investigation a “witchhunt” and has questioned its legitimacy since it started.
Trump has maintained his innocence against a wide range of allegations that have been made against him, including a conspiracy to steal the 2016 presidential election with the help of Russia.