Congressional Democrats, worried that President Trump might survive Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative unscathed, are launching investigations of their own: into his finances, his personal business, his family, his administration and potential collusion; anything and everything to try and take him down. And, with subpoena power in hand, Democrats are looking for anyone who could provide damaging information.
As the Washington Examiner reports, Democrats are now looking to interview previous members of the Trump administration, like former communications director Hope Hicks.
“Former White House communications director and longtime Trump associate Hope Hicks said Wednesday that she is entirely prepared to cooperate with congressional Democrats on their investigation into Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice, according to a new report,” the Washington Examiner reports.
Daniel Schwarz, a spokesman for Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., confirmed to CNN that Hope Hicks, who served under Trump in many capacities both in the private and public sectors, is planning to release whatever documents are sought by the House Judiciary Committee. Since taking over the House, congressional Democrats have indicated that they will ramp up their investigations into Trump.
Hicks received a letter this month from Nadler requesting documents covering a wide range of issues, pertaining to “any personal or work diary, journal or other book containing notes, a record or a description of daily events.”
The topics are said to include the highly criticized firing of former FBI Director James Comey, false statements made to the FBI by former national security adviser Michael Flynn made, and Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with agents of the Russian government in Trump Tower during the 2016 election.
According to the report, Democrat lawmakers could be looking to question as many as 81 individuals for any information which could lead to “obstruction of justice, corruption, and abuse of power” by Trump.
Hope was integral in helping President Trump’s 2016 presidential election and later joined the administration following a White House press team shake-up.
Hope is far from the only person close to Trump that the Democrats’ investigative effort is pursuing.
“Democratic investigations now target Trump’s entire world,” a CNN headline about the investigations read.
Check it out, via CNN:
Nearly everyone in Donald Trump’s world just became a potential witness.
House Democrats are laying down a vast net as they ramp up their investigation into deep tracts of the President’s personal, business and political life, with a breathtaking document request from a list of 81 people, agencies and entities.
They went after the Trump Organization, Trump employees, the Trump presidential campaign, the Trump transition team, the Trump inauguration committee, the Trump White House and blood members of the Trump clan.
And, from the Washington Post:
The House Judiciary Committee plans to question the point person for the controversial 2016 Trump Tower Moscow project in what will be Democrats’ second session next week with the onetime business associate of President Trump.
The panel, which has impeachment jurisdiction, will conduct a closed-door interview on Thursday with Felix Sater, a real estate developer and entrepreneur who once worked with Trump, according to two officials familiar with the session who spoke on the condition of anonymity to freely discuss the committee’s plans.
Sater, a U.S. citizen who was born in Russia, is to appear publicly before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.