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U.S. House panel to request documents from Donald Trump Jr. in obstruction probe

The head of the U.S. House judiciary committee says the panel will seek documents from more than 60 people and entities as part of a probe into possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power by U.S. President Donald Trump.

'It's very clear that the president obstructed justice,' chair of U.S. House judiciary committee alleges

U.S. President Donald Trump has attempted to intimidate witnesses in the investigation into possible collusion between Trump's election campaign and Moscow, the chair of the U.S. House judiciary committee alleges. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The head of the U.S. House judiciary committee said on Sunday the panel would seek documents from more than 60 people and entities as part of a probe into possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Committee chair Jerrold Nadler told ABC's This Week the panel wanted to get documents from the U.S. Department of Justice, the president's son Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, among others.

We are going to initiate investigations into abuses of power, into corruption … and into obstruction of justice. It's our job to protect the rule of law.- Jerrold Nadler, U.S. House judiciary committee chair told ABC's

"We are going to initiate investigations into abuses of power, into corruption … and into obstruction of justice," Nadler said. "It's our job to protect the rule of law."

"It's very clear that the president obstructed justice," Nadler said. He said it was too soon to consider whether impeachment should be pursued, however.

"Before you impeach somebody, you have to persuade the American public that it ought to happen," he said.

As evidence of obstruction, Nadler cited Trump's firing of former FBI director James Comey, who at the time was leading an investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

That investigation was subsequently taken over by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is expected to deliver his findings to the U.S. attorney general within weeks.

Nadler also cited what he called Trump's attempts to intimidate witnesses in the investigation.

The White House, the Justice Department and the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Nadler said the committee on Monday would release the list of people and organizations it would be requesting documents from.

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