Yesterday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler announced on television that he would be sending formal document requests today to more than sixty Trump-related people and entities. As promised, those requests went out today. But as it turns out, there are a lot more than sixty names on the full list – and some of them jump right off the page.
The House Judiciary Committee has actually hit up eighty-one people and entities today. To be clear, these people are not necessarily being accused of crimes; it’s merely being asserted that they have evidence that may incriminate Donald Trump and/or others in crimes. Some of the names are to be expected: Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump, Jared Kushner, Brad Parscale, Felix Sater, Jeff Sessions, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, Randy Credico, Matthew Calamari.
Other names included are more fascinating. For instance, Hope Hicks has disappeared from the Trump-Russia discussion for several months, but she was always going to be a part of this, and sure enough she’s on the list. So are Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Donald Trump’s personal defense attorney Jay Sekulow is on the list, which suggests that the House Judiciary Committee plans to assert that Sekulow voided attorney client privilege when he allegedly instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.
Notably absent from the list is Ivanka Trump. This is particularly odd, considering that the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Ivanka was on the list. We’ll see if the committee is waiting for some reason to add Ivanka to the list, or what’s really going on here. Interestingly, her husband’s family real estate firm, the Kushner Companies, is on the list.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report