Since the midterm elections, many people have anticipated the day when Democrats would finally walk in and take control of The House, which happened on Thursday. Rep. Nancy Pelosi was elected speaker of the House, along with the newest members whose diverse makeup includes the first two Muslim women in Congress, first Native Americans, and first American-American women from their respective states.
Consequently, Democrats can’t wait to get work especially when it comes to holding Mr. Trump accountable for the corruption he has brought to the Oval Office. On Friday, it was reported that the new chair of The House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), just found some major issues with Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon’s testimonies concerning the Trump-Russia investigation.
During an interview on Hill TV’s “Rising,” Schiff said that Kushner and chief strategist Bannon invoked “bogus privileges” to avoid answering certain questions in their testimonies before lawmakers as part of the committee’s Russia probe. Schiff said the intel committee hopes to bring back a number of witnesses, including Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen who was recently sentenced to three years in federal prison.
True! Now the question is, does that equal obstruction? RT @thehill: Rep. Adam Schiff: Kushner, Bannon invoked "bogus privileges" in testimonies before Congress @HillTVLive https://t.co/Y6PznhbhyB pic.twitter.com/eVQoCdW5x3
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‘There were any number of witnesses, and he was one of them, who would simply refuse to answer questions they didn’t want to answer because they felt it might incriminate them or might incriminate others or they simply had their own reasons they wouldn’t share with the committee. Sometimes they claimed bogus privileges, in the case of Jared Kushner or Don Jr. or Steve Bannon there were claims of attorney client privilege or the White House asked me not to.’
The White House has not committed on this as of yet.
When asked about Kushner, Schiff indicated that the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser may likely be one of the witnesses that could be brought back for additional questioning. He said:
‘He may be one of those people. He did come and testify before the committee there were a number of questions he was not willing to answer.’
Schiff also mentioned that he would “love” to invite Cohen back. Back in November, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress regarding the timing of plans relating to efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Special Counsel Mueller reached a plea deal with him saying he would cooperate with the Russia investigation. Cohen attributed his crimes to it being his “duty to cover up (Trump’s) dirty deeds.”
Schiff also wants to compare the transcripts of witness testimonies with Mueller’s records to see “whether witnesses have been truthful before Congress.”
Democratic House committee chairs are prepared to launch multiple investigations into Trump. According to The Guardian:
‘The incoming Democratic committee chairs have vowed rigorous oversight of Trump and his administration. Armed with committee gavels, they will now have the power and resources to pursue investigations, issue subpoenas and compel testimony.’
Rep. Schiff (D-CA) is also likely to be one of Trump’s most combative opponents. Schiff has said:
‘If the president’s business is trying to curry favor with the Kremlin, we can’t ignore that.’
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