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House Panel Wants to Question Trump’s Tax, Ethics Lawyers

House Panel wants to question Trump's tax, ethics lawyersA U.S. House panel investigating President Donald Trump wants to depose Trump’s long-time tax lawyer Sheri Dillon, as well as Stefan Passantino, former deputy White House Counsel in charge of compliance and ethics, according to letters sent to both of them on Wednesday and seen by Reuters.

House of Representatives Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, a Democrat, said in the letters that the panel wants to ask about Trump’s legally mandated financial ethics disclosures.

The panel, the letters said, also seeks information about payments made before the 2016 presidential election by former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen to buy the silence of women who claimed they had affairs with the married Trump.


Michael Cohen: 'I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is'

Michael Cohen before the House Commitee

Michael Cohen turned over a tranche of documents to Congress on Wednesday that showed President Donald Trump’s personal net worth, Trump’s reimbursements for a hush-money payment, and other items that the president’s former attorney and fixer says reveal the true character of the commander-in-chief.

One of the documents, titled “Donald J. Trump Summary of Net Worth As of March 31, 2013,” shows Trump with a net worth of approximately $8.6 billion. Cohen also provided the committee with copies of a $35,000 check signed by Trump as reimbursement to Cohen for the $130,000 payment to buy the silence of adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges that she and Trump had an affair.

"I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is," Cohen said Wednesday in his opening statement to the House Oversight Committee. "He is a racist, he is a conman, and he is a cheat."



House passes resolution aimed at blocking Trump's national emergency declaration

Vote in House to challenge Trump's emergency declarationThe House of Representatives passed a resolution late Tuesday afternoon that would terminate President Trump's national emergency proclamation, which is also being challenged in court by a multistate lawsuit.

The final vote of 245 to 182 fell largely along party lines, but 13 Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the measure.

The bill now goes to the Republican-controlled Senate, which must vote on the measure within 18 days. Mr. Trump has vowed to veto the resolution if it reaches his desk.


Cohen will present document to criminally implicate Trump

Cohen to document Trump's criminal behavior

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, plans to offer up a document to lawmakers that he claims will show the president engaged in criminal conduct related to a hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, according to a person familiar with his planned congressional testimony.

The person said the document will refute a claim by Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s attorney, that Cohen used a $35,000 a month retainer from Trump as reimbursement for paying off Daniels. Cohen — who will soon report to prison for a three-year sentence tied to a litany of tax fraud and lying charges — is scheduled to appear Wednesday in a public House hearing, and will also testify privately on Tuesday and Thursday before Senate and House investigators.


Senate reignites blue slip war over Trump court picks

US SenateThe Senate is set to escalate a long simmering fight over President Trump's judicial nominees.

Republicans are poised to confirm a pick for the influential circuit courts next week without the support of either of the nominee's home-state senators—a first for the Trump era.

Eric Miller is the first appeals judge to get a vote on the Senate floor this year, and the 31st of Trump’s presidency. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) set up an initial vote on his Ninth Circuit nomination for Monday evening.


House Intel chief Adam Schiff ‘Absolutely’ Prepared to Sue DOJ for Robert Mueller's Report

Adam Schiff ready to sue DOJ for reportThe chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff (D-CA), said he is “absolutely” prepared to sue the Trump administration for the much awaited Robert Mueller report if it is not made public.

Speaking to George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week,” Schiff said that House Democrats are prepared to issue subpoenas to release Mueller’s report, bring the special counsel to testify before Congress and file lawsuits against the Department of Justice if necessary.

Schiff, the high-ranking intelligence official in the House is the latest top Democrat to lay out the full range of options the party is considering if the Department of Justice tries to prevent special counsel Mueller’s report on the ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign from going public.



Dems launch investigation into Trump administration's dealings with Saudi Arabia

Elijah Cummings committee to probe Saudi nuclear linkDemocrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee announced Tuesday they are launching an investigation into the Trump administration’s dealings with Saudi Arabia after several whistleblowers expressed concern about efforts to sell the kingdom nuclear technology.

The announcement came in conjunction with the release of a report by committee staff that said senior White House officials pushed for the sale of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia despite warnings from ethics advisers and national security officials to stop.


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