On Friday the House Intelligence Committee is set to interview a longtime employee of the president. The interview is one of several key interviews the panel has held in an effort to conclude its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election.
NBC News reports that Rhona Graff, an associate of the president’s since well before his presidency and a three decade gatekeeper for Trump Tower, located in Manhattan, will be interviewed by the panel. Graff, who is now a senior vice president at the Trump Organization, will give an interview to the House Intelligence Committee in an unspecified location in New York City, much to the dismay of Democrats.
The majority of the interviews the panel has conducted have taken place in the U.S. capital, led by elected committee members. Only a “handful” of lawmakers are expected to travel to New York for Graff’s interview. The fact that Democrats left Thursday for holiday recess has many wondering if Republicans were purposely trying to rush their Russian probe.
Below are some of the top reactions to Graff’s upcoming sit down with the Senate Intelligence Committee:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reached out to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday, pleading that he ensure that all investigation into Russia’s “assault on our election systems” are seen through to completion.
In the letter, written to Paul Ryan, Pelosi said:
‘Political haste must not cut short valid investigatory threats. Key questions about foreign interference in our elections remain, and must be thoroughly investigated. Nothing less than America’s democracy and national security is at stake.’
The odds, unfortunately, don’t appear to be on Pelosi’s side, as Ryan has just been accused by a House Democratic leadership aide of being complicit in efforts by the GOP to prevent a meaningful investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The aide said:
‘Ryan is shielding President Trump from the Russia investigation by rejecting repeated calls for an independent commission and investigation — and enabling the House Intel Committee to conduct a partisan investigation.’
Senior Republicans insist that they see the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Russian probe coming to a close, while Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion wages on.
Many believe that, were the interview being held by Robert Mueller, and not Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee, Ms. Graff, essentially Donald Trump’s gatekeeper, would have a lot of information to share. The odds of anything explosive coming from her scheduled panel interview, as it stands, are remarkably low.
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