The Democrats are getting their ducks in a row and are poised to keep their promise to fully investigate the Trump administration. Democratic leadership on the House Intelligence Committee are preparing to issue a subpoena to obtain phone records that are linked to the Trump Tower meeting in June of 2016. This is the meeting that took place between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
The subpoena will be the first order Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has issued as the new chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Preparing this order came one day after the committee became formally constituted.
The details surrounding the specifics of the subpoena are still not clear, but it is a sign of the committee’s plan to fully investigate links between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The Trump Tower meeting has come under intense scrutiny after Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-White House campaign manager Paul Manafort met with a lawyer that is connected to the Kremlin while on the campaign trail for the 2016 election. The purpose of the meeting was to gain dirt on the Clinton campaign.
There has been questions for months about who Donald Trump Jr. called on a blocked phone number just before the meeting. CNN reported that Senate investigators have learned that Trump Jr.’s phone calls were not made to his father. And some sources have indicated that Senate investigators have learned that Trump Jr. talked to two of his business associates in that phone call.
A spokesperson for the committee declined to comment.
This subpoena will most likely just be the first of what is expected to be many. Democrats on the panel plan to scrutinize whether foreign actors have sought to gain leverage or even influence over President Trump and those in his inner circle, according to the details of the probe Schiff laid out on Wednesday.
Credit: The Hill