Senate Investigations Pose Questions Mueller Has Yet to Address

Senate Investigations Pose Questions Mueller Has Yet to Address

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There are several ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election. The national focus is on the Special Counsel investigation being led by Robert Mueller. While Mueller continues his investigation, having impaneled a grand jury in Washington, the Senate has several other investigations happening.

The Senate Judiciary Committee

The Senate Judiciary committee is one of the congressional committees investigating the Russian intrusion into the 2016 election. Last month, the committee chaired by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IW) requested documents from former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort, Donald Trump Jr., and the Trump campaign.

The committee requested documents be turned in by August 2nd. The Trump campaign turned over roughly 20,000 pages of documents on August 2nd. Paul Manafort provided 400 pages of documents on August 2nd; this included his retroactive foreign-advocacy filing. Donald Trump Jr. delivered 250 pages on August 4th, according to Senate Judiciary Committee spokesman George Hartmann.

The committee also requested documents related to the controversial “dossier” compiled on Trump from the company Fusion GPS and its CEO Glenn Simpson. That request is unanswered at this time.

What Did The Committee Want to See

The committee’s letter included a request for all records regarding any attempt or interest in obtaining information about Hillary Clinton from Russian government sources. This included all documents related to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump Jr., Manafort, Kushner, a Kremlin lawyer, a Russian lobbyist, and a Russian money launderer.

The committee also asked to see any documents that pertained to any attempt to coordinate or use information related to Russia’s efforts to intrude into the 2016 election. They asked for Manafort’s Foreign Agents Registration Act filings as well.

The committee continues to investigate the role Fusion GPS played in the creation of the Trump “dossier” but they have not had a response from the company to date.

After receiving the documents, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), said that the committee might schedule public hearings with both Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort in late September.