Nadler calls for House hearing on Trump-Russia mess
A senior member of the House Judiciary Committee is calling on the committee’s chairman to hold a public hearing to look into the latest bombshell revelation in the Trump-Russia mess.
And U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Upper West Side-Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst) said it’s vital that any hearing take place in an open forum and not behind closed doors.
“The criminal investigation by Director [Robert] Mueller and the House and Senate Intelligence Committee investigations must, of course, continue. However, when it comes to investigating the sweeping nature of the current allegations, the firing of FBI Director [James] Comey, the potential criminal activity by the Trump campaign and the attempt by a foreign power to undermine our elections, it is clear that we must have open hearings with the jurisdiction and authority to fully conduct an investigation of this matter,” Nadler said in a statement.
Nadler said the committee “should immediately conduct hearings to investigate,” and called on Chairman U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) “to allow the public interest to be served.”
Nadler, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, spoke out in the wake of news this week that the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., exchanged emails in June of 2016, during the presidential campaign, with an operative who informed him that the Russian government was eager to dig up damaging information on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and help the elder Trump win the election.
“I love it,” was the younger Trump’s reply, according to one email, which Trump himself posted to Twitter on July 11.
Within a few days of the email exchange, Donald Trump Jr., Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and Campaign Senior Advisor and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner met with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower.
In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity Tuesday night, the younger Trump insisted that no information in Clinton came out of that meeting with Veselnitskaya.
But Nadler called the new details “deeply troubling.”
The emails “suggest incriminating evidence of collusion with Russia by the highest levels of the Trump campaign,” according to Nadler.
“Donald Trump, Jr. confirmed interest in, and expressed support for, working with Russian officials who offered allegedly incriminating evidence against Hillary Clinton for the purpose of assisting Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. This revelation is significant, both for the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as new investigative territory that relate to President Trump and his associates,” Nadler stated.
There is a great deal to be investigated, according to Nadler.
“The public interest to uncover answers raises new questions in this regard: Did President Trump know about the offer presented to his campaign, and/or the correspondence and eventual meeting between his son, Mr. Kushner and Mr. Manafort and the Russian representative?” he asked.
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