It’s never a surprise when it’s revealed that a Trump or a member of their inner circle lied and stepped outside the boundaries of the law. It’s always a surprise, however, when someone attempts to hold them accountable for it, especially when that someone includes Republicans.
Senate Intel Cmte. made criminal referrals of Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Erik Prince and Sam Clovis to federal prosecutors in 2019, passing along their suspicions that the men may have misled the cmte. during their testimony. https://t.co/wsG7SjVklX
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 18, 2020
According to reports confirmed by NBC News, a bipartisan Senate Intel committee referred Donald Trump, Jr., Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner, Erik Prince, and Sam Clovis for criminal investigation at the Department of Justice in late 2019. It’s doubtful that the DOJ will pursue it considering that it’s currently run by Bill Barr, but the news is significant nonetheless.
NBC News reports that:
‘The Republican and Democratic chairmen of the Senate Intelligence Committee made criminal referrals of Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Erik Prince and Sam Clovis to federal prosecutors in 2019, passing along their suspicions that the men may have misled the committee during their testimony, an official familiar with the matter told NBC News.
‘The official confirmed reports in the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post, which reported on the matter last week. A criminal referral to the Justice Department means Congress believes a matter warrants investigation for potential violation of the law.’
Not. Fit. To. Be. President. https://t.co/CpQEJpVK1A
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) June 13, 2019
Trump, Jr. was already revealed to have lied to the American public at the behest of his father about a 2016 Trump Tower meeting that included Jared Kushner and campaign manager Paul Manafort with Russians claiming to have political dirt on Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton. In this case, the lie was to Congress, making it a criminal matter.
‘The Post reported that the letter was divided into two sections. One named those suspected of making false statements, the Post said: Bannon, former Trump campaign co-chair Clovis, and private security contractor Prince.
‘A second section raised concerns about the testimony of other witnesses, including Trump Jr. and Kushner, whose statements were contradicted by Trump campaign aide Richard Gates, though it did not pointedly make a false-statements allegation, the Post reported.’
Democrats need to subpoena Trump Jr., Kushner, Ivanka. They need to look at Russia Tower meeting, Sales of real estate for Kushner in China, receipts of trademarks in China for Ivanka. All serious violation of law and ethics. https://t.co/HFAwCGJfBq
— Susan Segal (@susiq34683) March 5, 2020
Steve Bannon was mentioned specifically as having made potentially false statements to Congress about meetings between Erik Prince, the brother of education secretary Betsy Devos, for his efforts to collude with foreign governments to help the Trump campaign.
‘The Los Angeles Times reported that the committee questioned whether Bannon lied about his interactions and conversations with Prince about a meeting in the Seychelles between Prince and a top Russian official. Prince told special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors that he briefed Bannon on the January 2017 meeting, but Bannon said the conversation never happened.’
The U.S. Senate's latest report on Russia's attempt to influence the 2016 election. Great detail on the Trump Tower meeting, links to NRA, Manafort, Wikileaks, more.https://t.co/98SbWdzhsm
— Richard Rossow (@RichardRossow) August 18, 2020
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