A little more on those letters being sent out to 81 Trump affiliates by the House Judiciary Committee.
– At the Trump Organisation, Don Jr and Eric – in charge while their father is away in Washington – were asked about discussions that took place in the immediate aftermath of the election win and about the firing of James Comey and appointment of Robert Mueller.
– Company officials Matthew Calamari, Allen Weisselberg and Rhona Graff were meanwhile asked to provide documents regarding “any loan, financing transaction, or capital investment by the Russian Federation, any Russian national, any Russian business, or any other Russian entity to the Trump Organization”.
– Many of the recipients were asked about the Stormy Daniels and Karen MacDouglas “hush money” payments to conceal their alleged affairs with Mr Trump. Michael Cohen received a request from the panel, as did American Media Inc, The National Enquirer‘s parent company, and its CEO David Pecker. The latter helped kill potentially embarrassing stories about Mr Trump over the years by paying hush money in a practice known as “catch-and-kill”.
– Most of those present at the notorious Trump Tower meeting with Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya on 9 June 2016 received letters asking for related correspondence already handed to Congress, including Don Jr, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, publicist Rob Goldstone, Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, a translator and Ike Kaveladze, a business associate of a Moscow-based developer.
– Of the White House advisers, Steve Bannon, Hope Hicks, Sean Spicer and Don McGahn were all asked about Comey, Mueller and potential election interference and to turn over any work diaries, journals or “a description of daily events related to your employment” by Mr Trump.
– Julian Assange and WikiLeaks were also contacted over the site’s publishing emails stolen from Democrats by Russian spies during the 2016 campaign. The letter to the hacktivist still living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London – asks for “discussions or attempts to provide or receive election information, campaign data, or campaign communications with, to, or from foreign entities or individuals in connection with the 2016 US presidential primary or general elections”.