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‘Beyond Russia’: House Dems are plotting ‘expansive and thorough’ probe into Trump’s financial interests

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House Democrats announced on Wednesday that they are planning to conduct a thorough investigation into President Donald Trump’s financial interest that go well beyond his past attempted business deals with the Russian government.

As described by CNN’s Manu Raju, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) promised a “broad investigation into financial interests that may be driving the president’s decision making.”

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According to Raju, this probe would not just be limited to the House Intelligence Committee, which Schiff now chairs, but would also “encompass several House committees.” What’s more, the probes won’t be limited to whether Trump conspired with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

“It will go beyond Russia and Saudi Arabia,” Raju reported on CNN. “He made very clear it is going to be an expansive and thorough probe.”

Additionally, Raju reported that Schiff has not yet given a reason why he postponed the testimony of former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen and would only say that it was “in the interest of the investigation” to delay the hearing.

“If the president was hoping for less congressional investigations, House Democrats are answering with a resounding, ‘No,'” quipped CNN’s Kate Bolduan.

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GOP lawmaker hammers Trump for Ukraine server conspiracy theory: ‘Are we trying to exculpate Russia?’

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Rep. Francis Rooney (R-OK) on Friday signaled that he was taking House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump far more seriously than many of his Republican colleagues.

During an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow, Rooney said he was very disturbed at the president's efforts to prove a debunked conspiracy theory about Ukraine purportedly being behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee in 2016, despite the fact that all evidence that has been uncovered points directly to Russia as the true culprit.

Harlow then asked him what he made about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) comment that "all roads" in the Ukraine scandal lead back to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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‘We’ve entered a shame-free zone’: CNN’s Sciutto appalled by Trump’s ‘mind-boggling’ G7 corruption

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CNN's Jim Sciutto on Friday did not mince words when talking about President Donald Trump's decision to host next year's G7 summit at his own golf course in Doral, Florida.

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‘We’re ready to vote’: Oversight Committee Dem claims Congress has the goods for impeachment

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day," Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna (CA), who sits on the House Oversight Committee, said he and other Democrats have enough in hand to vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

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Pressed by host Berman whether lawmakers have enough to proceed with impeachment, the California Democrat didn't skip a beat and said yes.

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