WONKS VS. DIRT DIGGERS
After the House majority switches, the size of the Democrats’ committee workforce will roughly double, according to former congressional staffers.Democrats will then face a choice about who to hire: seasoned legal wonks who can help draft laws, or investigators who know how to dig up dirt.
“It’s Hungry-Hungry Hippos for new staff right now.”
Schiff put his finger on both Trump’s efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow and questions about Saudi Arabia potentially funneling money into Trump’s inauguration and hotel business.He’ll have powerful backers from another key congressional body: the House Oversight Committee.“The basic malady we face is that the president has turned the government of the United States into a money-making operation for himself, his family and his friends,” Rep. Raskin told VICE News. “We have a continuing flow of money from princes, kings and foreign governments into the operations of Trump Inc.”Trump’s business interests represent an easier target than the White House, which is protected by executive privilege, said Charles Tiefer of the University of Baltimore School of Law, who was former special deputy chief counsel for the House Iran-Contra Committee during the Reagan era.“The House has a great ability to go into the Trump Organization, which is private, and call witnesses and ask to see documents,” Tiefer said. “It’s hard to see how executive privilege would apply to a hotel business.”But the oversight committee, which is specifically charged with running investigations, is also considering a range of issues beyond Trump’s money, a House Democratic aide told VICE News.
“The basic malady we face is that the president has turned the government of the United States into a money-making operation for himself, his family and his friends.”
- Trump’s financial conflicts of interest
- The security clearance process for top administration officials
- Ethics scandals among senior White House and Cabinet officials
- Politically motivated attacks on law enforcement, government watchdog groups, and others
- Trump’s immigration and child separation policies
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have said Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney and “fixer,” acted at Trump’s direction when he committed two campaign finance-related felonies by orchestrating hush-money payments to women in 2016.The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office is probing whether Trump inauguration donors gave money in exchange for favors.And on Tuesday, the New York attorney general announced Trump’s scandal-plagued charitable foundation had agreed to dissolve under judicial supervision, and blasted the charity for “clear and repeated violations of state and federal law.”
“Do we have reason to believe that an investigation is likely to uncover criminal activity?”