The only person fixated on the 2016 election at this point, is Donald Trump. Democrat House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, is interested in resurrecting the House Intel Committee’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election that was obstructed and unceremoniously dumped by the GOP in March of 2018. What Nadler did was issue “information requests” not subpoenas. He did mention any request denied would certainly be backed up with a forthcoming subpoena.
(My review of the GOP’s concerted efforts to destroy every Committee’s oversight role in regards to the Trump administration and Russian interference at the time it was occurring.)
The information requests are not a fishing expedition and are not borne out of any malice caused by the loss of the 2016 election. Oversight was denied for two years under GOP control and it is now being sought. Whether or not any or all of those requested submit to the request is another matter. How long it takes to gather and analyze the data, is beyond our ability to estimate.
Below is explanation for all 81 information requests, three of which, caused me concern, although there may be good reason for the requests which are not immediately apparent. A large portion of the requests result directly from the GOP’s obstruction of the original investigation.
For your reference:
24 were specifically named, on March 13, 2018, in the Democratic Minority Report following the House Intelligence Committee closing of their investigation of Russian Interference in the 2016 Election. 12 more are associated to these 24, as either the business related to these individuals, individuals related to the business, or are agencies or federal institutions with specific information about the 24 listed.
These individuals, businesses and entities were listed by Democrat minority as the GOP refusing to call to a hearing, refusing to subpoena if the party declined, or refusing to push for specifically pertinent information/documents regarding Russian interference.
Named: Alan Garten, Allen Weisselberg, Cambridge Analytica, Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump Jr., Erik Prince, Federal Bureau of Investigation, George Nader, Hope Hicks, Jared Kushner, Jeff Sessions, John Szobocsan, K.T. McFarland, Mark Corallo, NRA, Paul Erickson, Peter Smith (Estate), Randy Credico, Reince Priebus, Sam Nunberg, Sean Spicer, Stephen Bannon, The White House, Trump campaign.
Associated: Alexander Nix, Brittany Kaiser, Julian Wheatland, Department of Justice, General Services Administration, SCL Group Limited, Trump Foundation, Trump Organization, Trump transition, 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee, Frontier Services Group, Kushner Cos.
There are three people whose absence from the original minority list, that are included in the 81 information requests, that cause some concern. Eric Trump, should have been on this list as reasonable at that time, for proximity if nothing else. His inclusion now, with no particular reason I can think of, is questionable as fishing. To include Jason Maloni, Manafort’s spokesman, now is also questionable. He should have been on the original Minority list. There is one more figure whose presence on the information request list that has no connection to the tangled web of Russian Interference or the related Trump campaing/administration’s related conspiracies- Tom Bossert. No idea why he is included.
Rhona Graff, as the Trump gatekeeper also should have been on the original list, no idea why she wasn’t. Her inclusion in Nadler’s new list of 81, is entirely reasonable.
So of the 81, three could be argued to be questionable- Maloni, Bossert, and Eric Trump. One could also argue, the rolling up the effort to effect the result of the election by suppressing information related extramarital affairs, does not belong in this group of information requests. That’s a fair argument.
There are another six characters so fundamentally intertwined in Russian interference, whom are, for the most part, either indicted, convicted, or so thoroughly vetted that no further mention need be made of them…other than- they are on the list. Felix Sater, Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, and Richard Gates.
The remainder are listed below by date for anything that may have transpired between the time of the final Minority report on the Senate Intel committee’s closing of the Russian investigation, and the time the requests for information were issued. It should be noted, some of these individuals/entities have a long, documented history of relation to the investigation that went through many of it’s own permutations and new findings from the opening of the original House Intel Committee’s probe until this day.
3/19/2018 Brad Parscale
3/30/2018 Ted Malloch.
4/6/2018 Keith Davidson
4/10/2018 Tom Bossert
5/12/2018 Andrew Intrater, Columbus Nova, Viktor Vekselberg.
6/13/2018 Tom Barrack
7/25/2018 Matt Tait
8/4/2018 J.D. Gordon
8/5/2018 Jay Sekulow.
9/12/2018 Anatoli Samochornov, Rinat Akhmetshin, Rob Goldstone, Irakly Kaveladze.
11/27/2018 Concord Management and Consulting
11/29/2018 Jerome Corsi, Julian Assange, Wikileaks
12/17/2018 Flynn Intel Group, Michael Flynn, Michael Flynn Jr.
1/10/2019 Tony Fabrizio
1/29/2019 Christopher Bancroft Burnham
*The Intelligence Committee did not exist before January 30th. GOP finally announces members for the Intelligence Committee after slow walking it as long as possible.*
*2/8/2019 Cohen testifies before House Intel Committee in closed meeting.*
2/16/2019 Sheri Dillon, Stefan Passantino.
2/26/2019 Annie Donaldson, Don McGahn.
2/27/2019 Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust
2/28/2018 Matthew Calamari, Ronald Lieberman.
*3/3/2019 House Issues 81 information requests*