House Dems To Hold Hearings On Trump’s ‘Dark Dealings’ With Putin
With Democrats now in control every House committee, they’re divvying up President Donald Trump’s scandals so they can pursue them all at once.
This week, even as Trump was at the border trying to gin up support for his imaginary national emergency, the House Oversight Committee announced that Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, will publicly testify before the committee about Trump’s crimes.
But Cohen is far from the only one on the testimony docket.
On Sunday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) announced that the panel will hold hearings on President Trump’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In a statement Saturday night and repeated on Twitter Sunday morning, Engel made reference to what he called Trump’s “dark dealings” with “Putin and his cronies.”
“Every time Trump meets with Putin, the country is told nothing,” Engel said. “America deserves the truth and the Foreign Affairs Committee will seek to get to the bottom of it.”
“We will be holding hearings on the mysteries swirling around Trump’s bizarre relationship with Putin and his cronies, and how those dark dealings affect our national security,” he added.
The announcement of the hearings follows a Washington Post report that Trump tried to conceal details from his conversations with Putin from administration officials.
The White House has pushed back on the report, with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calling it “outrageously inaccurate.”
Trump has received criticism throughout his presidency for his alleged ties with Russia and his relationship with Putin, as the intelligence community continues to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Also last week, the New York Times reported that the FBI had previously opened an investigation into whether Trump is working for Russia against U.S. interests.
We will be holding hearings on the mysteries swirling around Trump’s bizarre relationship with Putin and his cronies, and how those dark dealings affect our national security.
— Eliot Engel (@RepEliotEngel) January 13, 2019
The White House did not respond to a Political Dig request for comment.