House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings wants very badly to talk to two Trump lawyers, Administration not cooperative.

By |2019-03-11T12:40:45-08:00March 12th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments

Courtesy of NBC News

Two relatively unknown figures could soon emerge as key players in the congressional investigations into President Donald Trump.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings is interested in talking to Sheri Dillon and Stefan Passantino, attorneys responsible for the president’s ethics and financial disclosures. They could be central to determining whether Trump committed crimes by making hush-money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Neither has indicated a willingness to cooperate with Cummings’ committee, having disregarded a March 6 deadline set by the Maryland Democrat to agree to provide transcribed interviews to his committee later next week, according to Democratic aides. The White House has responded on behalf of Passantino and declined to make him available for an interview, committee aides said.

In an early test of his ability to compel Trump officials and allies to provide information to Congress, Cummings may be forced to play hardball — including issuing subpoenas — to get them to comply.

According to requests from the committee sent to each of the lawyers, as well as the White House, the two “appeared to provide false information” to federal officials about payments to Cohen to keep the alleged Trump affair from becoming public.

At issue are financial disclosure forms they filed with the Office of Government Ethics and ethics officials’ written notes documenting “evolving stories” from the two about the payments and Trump’s failure to disclose them. Passantino was a White House deputy counsel in charge of ethics policy, and is now working for the Trump Organization to field inquiries from the Democratic-led House. His signature was on Trump’s disclosure form. Dillon is a personal attorney for Trump.

I think this is the beginning of what will be quite a number of attempts to claim executive privilege in order to get out requests for testimony before Congress.

If they go that route it will give the Dems plenty of ammunition to use in declaring obstruction and requesting even more testimony from others who may have witnessed or participated in the initial coverup.

If these Trump folks think that they can put Elijah Cummings off for long they must know anything about Elijah Cummings.  

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  1. Anonymous March 12, 2019 at 6:20 am

    If they aren’t hiding anything, then what is the problem?

  2. Sergey Magnitsky, March 12, 2019 at 8:22 am

    “Safari Night” ““The most interesting thing,” Danilochkin said, “is that we met a lot of people here who speak Ru$$ian.”

  3. Anon March 12, 2019 at 10:15 am

    “Rep. Schiff is arguing that the evidence is already there to indict Trump. The big question is when should Trump be indicted? Any indictment of the president, while he is in office, is going to set off an epic court battle that it is possible Trump could win. Former prosecutor Schiff is going with the legally sound course of indicting Trump as soon as he leaves office.
    It is well known that Trump’s primary motivation for seeking reelection is that being president is the only thing standing in between Trump and a criminal indictment. The indictment of Trump is a given. A criminal indictment in the Southern District of New York for Trump’s direction of the illegal payments hush money conspiracy to keep Stormy Daniels quiet is a looking more certain by the day.

    If Trump loses in 2020, the minute he leaves office, he could be the first president to go from the Oval Office to federal prison.”

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