Rep. Adam Schiff has President Trump and White House staff irate after hiring a former West Wing staffer to work for his House Intel Committee. Trump tweeted that the hiring of former National Security Council aide Abigail Grace amounts to “stealing people” from the White House, but Schiff said it’s common for the intel committee to hire people from the intel community.
House Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced a broad new investigation his committee would undertake that goes “beyond Russia” and into whether President Trump’s financial interests are influencing his actions. As Robert Mueller prepares to wrap up his 21-month probe, Schiff said the new investigation would carry on the investigation into the Russia connection but also examine whether foreign agents have financial leverage over the president.
Michael Cohen’s testimony before Congress has been delayed….again. The Trump Organization “fixer” turned informant was supposed to appear before the House Intelligence Committee this week, but committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff said those plans have been put back to Feb. 28th “in the interests of the investigation.” He’s of course referring to the ongoing Robert Mueller investigation.
Special counsel Robert Mueller over the weekend disputed a BuzzFeed story that claimed he was told by Michael Cohen that President Trump directed him to lie to Congress. Cohen said no such thing, the Mueller team said, an unprecedented move by the investigators to refute what is apparently the latest fake news story about Mueller’s investigation. Cohen lied to Congress about his role in negotiations over a new Trump building in Moscow—but the part about Trump ordering him to do so is apparently just more fake news.
MEANWHILE, Mueller might’ve directly contradicted the bogus BuzzFeed fake news story, but a little thing like the truth isn’t going to stop Rep. Adam Schiff from investigating. The top House Democrat told CBS’s “Face The Nation” he would “absolutely” use the debunked report as an excuse for an investigation.
Some Democrats in Congress are starting to get concerned about Robert Mueller’s probe. They’re worried that Mueller’s upcoming report—more than a year and a half in the making—won’t be thorough enough. Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat, says he’s worried Mueller isn’t investigating President Trump’s private business dealings as much as they want.
As Robert Mueller starts wrapping up his probe, damning details are starting to leak out. Mainly, the probe will connect President Trump with directing hush money payments prior to the 2016 election, which if true would be a federal crime. While it doesn’t look like there’s proof Trump knowingly and purposely directed his lawyer, Michael Cohen, to pay porn stars Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal to keep quiet about their affairs with Trump a decade earlier, prosectors in Cohen’s case clearly believe Trump knew about the payments.
MEANWHILE—Rep. Adam Schiff says President Trump might be facing the “real prospect of jail time” after prosecutors last week indicated he may have directed illegal hush money payments during the 2016 presidential campaign. That may not happen until he leaves office, Schiff said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” But it could also fuel Dems’ calls for impeaching the president.
—QUOTABLE: “There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him. That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time.” -Schiff
Rep. Adam Schiff still believes in the discredited Trump-Russia dossier, and he’s prepared to use his new position of power to investigate it. Also known as the Steele Dossier, the document contained salacious allegations against President Trump, but was discovered to be little more than a smear job commissioned by the Democrat Party in a desperate bid to push Hillary Clinton over the finish line in 2016. Schiff, who will soon take the reins of the House Intelligence Committee, says he will continue the investigation into the dossier’s claims, including a theory that Trump and Russia colluded in money laundering schemes. Republicans say that allegation and others are nothing more than conspiracy theories.
—QUOTABLE: “Throughout the investigation, committee Republicans chose not to seriously investigate — or even see, when in plain sight — evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, instead adopting the role of defense counsel for key investigation witnesses.” -Schiff
Democrats will probe President Trump’s financial dealings to try determining if they were have anything to do with as-yet unproven claims his campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election. It would be “irresponsible” not to find out if Trump’s personal financial interests in the Persian Gulf are wagging the dog of his foreign policy approach, particularly as it relates to the murder of a Saudi journalist, said Rep. Adam Schiff on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. Schiff is the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
—QUOTABLE: “I think others will also have responsibility of looking at: Are there financial entanglements with the Gulf? Are there financial inducements that the president has to not want to cross the Saudis? That cannot be allowed to drive US policy.” -Schiff