Jerry Nadler and Donald Trump don’t like each other, and that’s been the status quo since the 80’s, when Trump wanted the government to subsidize real estate projects in New York that Nadler considered harmful. Now, they clash again, in 2019, because Nadler wants the Mueller report released, and he wants records from 81 people in Trump’s orbit.
Nadler recently was on Face the Nation, and here’s what he said about William Barr. “Remember [Barr] is a biased person. He is someone who is an agent of the administration, is an appointee, a political appointee of the president whose interests he may very well be protecting here.” Nadler has reason to feel this way. Don’t forget Barr’s 18 page memo in which he reached the conclusion that Trump had committed no obstruction of justice and then went on to say that Robert Mueller’s inquiry was “fatally misconceived”.
Trump responded to Nadler’s efforts at transparency, regarding the Mueller report, in typical Trump style. He recently called Nadler by a sophomoric nickname, “Fat Jerry,” referencing the fact that Nadler had weight reduction surgery years ago. Trump calling anybody fat is truly an example of denial taken to the myopic level. Trump can’t stand Nadler because Nadler has his number, has had for decades. Washington Post:
“Jerry was on him from Day One,” said Linda Rosenthal, a former Nadler aide who later won his state Assembly seat. “He keenly understood that this was a man who would try to get the government to pay for all his mostly bollixed attempts at development . . . His casinos failed. He lost money on deals. He left the banks on the hook for his bad financial plans. . . . He was just such a braggart and such an insincere person, but Jerry saw through that.”
Trump never forgave Nadler, and privately he has simmered about the chairman and his investigation, calling him an irritant who has long been out to get him and recounting their New York run-ins to aides. He was alarmed by the chairman’s early March demands to 81 of Trump’s close associates and business partners for a range of documents, including material on Russia’s election interference and the president’s finances.
Trump has told White House aides to block the requests as much as possible, according to a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss strategy.
So, Nadler wants to know the truth and he wants to see all the documentation, both on Mueller’s report and on Trump’s finances. The heat is on, both from Nadler and from Adam Schiff and many other Democrats. Trump can toss out all the derisive nicknames he wants to, Nadler is going to hold his feet to the fire. Watch.