Tuesday April 7th, 2020 11:50AM

Who's hearing from House Democrats: Trump's family, business

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of people with connections to President Donald Trump and his associates will receive document requests this week, as the House Judiciary Committee starts a broad new probe looking at possible obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power.

Beginning a sweeping investigation that could shadow Trump as he runs for re-election, the panel sent letters to 81 people asking a flurry of questions about Trump's activities before and after he was elected president. Those people included family, former business associates and current and former White House advisers.

A look at people and topics covered by the document requests:


The committee requested information from two of Trump's children, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, who are running the Trump Organization while their father is in the White House. While the panel asked the two sons some questions that touch on their business, the document requests also include questions about events that happened in the White House after their father was elected, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey and discussions surrounding the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, a White House senior adviser, was not on the Judiciary panel's list.

Several other people related to the Trump Organization were sent letters, including the Trump Organization itself, Allen Weisselberg, the company's chief financial officer and Rhona Graff, Trump's longtime assistant.

Among other matters, the company officials were asked to provide documents regarding "any loan, financing transaction, or capital investment by the Russian Federation, any Russian national, any Russian business, or any other Russian entity to the Trump Organization."



Many of the people who receive requests were asked about hush money payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels, who alleged she had an affair with Donald Trump. Trump denies the affair.

The topic is currently under investigation by the Southern District of New York. Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty last year to campaign finance violations for his involvement in the payments to Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal before the 2016 election.

Cohen received a request from the panel, as did American Media Inc., the National Enquirer's parent company, and its CEO David Pecker. Pecker helped kill potentially embarrassing stories about Trump over the years by paying hush money in a practice known as "catch-and-kill."

The request asks American Media for "all documents that relate to the purchase of rights for any narrative, personal account, documentation, recording, or photograph (including but not limited to materials colloquially referred to as 'catch and kill') concerning Donald Trump from June 2015 to the present."



Most of the participants in a 2016 meeting in Trump Tower between Trump's campaign and a Russian lawyer received requests.

People attending the meeting included Trump Jr., Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, publicist Rob Goldstone, Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, a translator and Ike Kaveladze, a business associate of a Moscow-based developer.

All of them received requests asking for any documentation related to the meeting — materials they have all already turned over to the House and Senate intelligence committees, which have both been probing the meeting for almost two years.



Many of Trump's top advisers in his first year in office were on the list, including Steve Bannon, longtime spokeswoman Hope Hicks, former Press Secretary Sean Spicer and former White House Counsel Don McGahn. All have since left the White House.

The advisers were asked about a wide variety of topics from Trump's early months, including Comey's firing, election interference and Mueller's investigation.

The letters to Hicks and Spicer ask them to turn over any work diaries, journals or "a description of daily events related to your employment" by Trump. The committee asked McGahn for documents related to any discussion involving Trump regarding the possibility of firing Mueller around June of 2017 "or any conversation in which President Trump stated, in words or substance, that he wanted the Mueller investigation shut down, restrained or otherwise limited in or around December 2017."



The committee requested documents from Julian Assange and his website, WikiLeaks, which published emails stolen from Democrats by Russian spies during the 2016 campaign. Assange is currently living in Ecuador's embassy in London under a claim of asylum.

A letter to Assange asks for "discussions or attempts to provide or receive election information, campaign data, or campaign communications with, to, or from foreign entities or individuals in connection with the 2016 U.S. Presidential primary or general elections."

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP Elections, General Presidential Election News, AP Business, AP Business - Corporate News, AP Elections - Political Conventions
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Justices: Nebraska county owes $28M for wrongful convictions
The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a Nebraska county that has to pay a $28 million court judgment to six people wrongfully convicted for a 1985 slaying
7:53PM ( 11 minutes ago )
Baylor, Louisville, Notre Dame and UConn top seeds in reveal
Baylor, Louisville, Notre Dame and UConn are the No. 1 seeds in the second NCAA Top 16 reveal
7:52PM ( 12 minutes ago )
Senators air frustration after briefing on Khashoggi's death
Senators are frustrated by the lack of new information provided on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
7:32PM ( 32 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
McConnell: Enough Senate votes to reject Trump's wall move
The Senate's Republican leader says opponents of Trump's national emergency declaration at the Mexican border have enough Senate votes to prevail on a resolution aimed at blocking the move
7:18PM ( 46 minutes ago )
Woman who left US to join Islamic State loses round in court
An Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State lost the first round in her legal fight to return to the U.S. with her toddler son
6:55PM ( 1 hour ago )
California: Trump plan to take back rail money 'disastrous'
Leaders of California's high-speed rail project tell Trump administration its plans to withhold or claw back about $3.5 billion in federal money for the project is 'legally indefensible'
6:38PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Dems respond to Omar by drafting anti-Semitism resolution
Omar's Israel remarks prompt House Democrats to draft anti-Semitism resolution
4:22PM ( 3 hours ago )
Trump claims Cohen hearing may have hurt North Korea summit
Trump says a public hearing featuring his former attorney may have contributed to the lack of agreement at nuclear talks with North Korea
4:05PM ( 3 hours ago )
New US House election in NC to be held on Sept. 10
North Carolina officials set a Sept. 10 date for a new election for the nation's last unresolved congressional race after the November results were thrown out over concerns of ballot tampering
3:48PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Online Congress News
Spielberg's push against Netflix at the Oscars hits a nerve
Spielberg's push against Netflix at the Oscars hits a cultural nerve and reignites the streaming versus theatrical debate
6:03PM ( 2 hours ago )
Algeria: Anger boils despite president's offer to protesters
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's offer of a new constitution and a truncated next term has so far failed to satisfy protesters, who faced off with riot police overnight and want their longtime leader out of office now
4:56PM ( 3 hours ago )
House Judiciary panel launches sweeping Trump probe
The House Judiciary Committee is launching a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump, his White House, his campaign and his businesses
12:03PM ( 8 hours ago )
AP Elections
House Democrats expand Russia probe, seek more documents
House Democrats are requesting documents from more than 60 people from President Donald Trump's administration, family and business as part of the Russia probe
3:35AM ( 16 hours ago )
Bill Clinton has 2020 advice; few candidates are seeking it
Former President Bill Clinton is taking meetings with some Democrats running for the White House, but the early front-runners and the women have stayed away
3:30AM ( 16 hours ago )
On Selma anniversary, Booker calls for new fight for justice
Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker says anniversary of infamous "Bloody Sunday" attack is a time to recommit to fight for justice
12:56AM ( 19 hours ago )
General Presidential Election News
Legendary Napa Valley vintner John Shafer dies at 94
Northern California vintner and philanthropist John Shafer has died at the age of 94. He was part of a generation of vintners that transformed the sleepy Napa Valley into a region known the world over for its stellar wines
7:12PM ( 52 minutes ago )
Giants CEO Baer takes leave after altercation with wife
San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Baer is taking a leave of absence from the team following the release of a video showing him in a physical altercation with his wife
7:11PM ( 53 minutes ago )
Dodgers ace Kershaw could miss opening day start
Clayton Kershaw might not be on the mound when the two-time NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers start the season
6:51PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
GM restructuring: Production ending at Ohio plant this week
General Motors says production will end this week at one of five North American plants that it wants to close by next January
3:47PM ( 4 hours ago )
Trump symbolically tightens embargo on Cuba
The Trump administration is tightening the six-decade trade embargo on Cuba by allowing lawsuits against Cuban companies using properties confiscated after its 1959 revolution
2:10PM ( 5 hours ago )
Office Depot and Alibaba opening online store
Office Depot and Alibaba strike strategic deal to reach more U.S. small businesses
2:06PM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Business - Corporate News
The Latest: Sanders says his campaign built to beat Trump
Bernie Sanders launches his second presidential campaign with a call for people from all walks of life to join his fight for a political revolution
2:26AM ( 1 day ago )
Booker urges Democrats not to be distracted by Trump vitriol
Booker urges fellow Democrats not to be distracted by vitriol directed at the party's candidates from the man whom they seek to replace
10:29PM ( 1 day ago )
The Latest: Booker says Dems shouldn't be victim to vitriol
Presidential hopeful Cory Booker is urging fellow Democrats not to be distracted by Trump's vitriol
4:17PM ( 2 days ago )
AP Elections - Political Conventions
Justices: Nebraska county owes $28M for wrongful convictions
The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a Nebraska county that has to pay a $28 million court judgment to six people wrongfully convicted for a 1985 slaying
7:53PM ( 11 minutes ago )
Baylor, Louisville, Notre Dame and UConn top seeds in reveal
Baylor, Louisville, Notre Dame and UConn are the No. 1 seeds in the second NCAA Top 16 reveal
7:52PM ( 12 minutes ago )
Senators air frustration after briefing on Khashoggi's death
Senators are frustrated by the lack of new information provided on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
7:32PM ( 32 minutes ago )
$1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot claimed in South Carolina
Largest jackpot payout to a single winner in U.S. history goes to anonymous South Carolina resident after a $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot drawing last October
7:28PM ( 36 minutes ago )
The Latest: Congress seeks info on private Trump-Putin chats
Three House committees are asking the White House and State Department for information on private conversations between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, including an interview with an interpreter at their Helsinki summit
7:22PM ( 42 minutes ago )