House Democrats have made good on their promise to immediately begin investigating not only President Donald Trump, but his business and personal affiliations, following their rise to power in the House of Representatives.
Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, gave his testimony to Congress just days ago, and while many congressmen have made noises about wishing to question Trump’s adult children, in their thirst for knowledge about the Trump empire, some are beginning to think better of it.
“Getting to family members I think is dangerous,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), a senior member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, according to Politico. “Only because it gets real personal, real fast. And it risks backfiring.
“Maybe at some point, we have to call them in,” Connolly added, “but I’d rather let prosecutors look at that.”
According to Politico’s report, some Democrats would prefer to let federal prosecutors handle the dirtier work, in hopes of avoiding the appearance of attacking the president’s family.
This sentiment is a stark departure from what was earlier expressed by both House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and House Oversight Committee with Chairman Elijah Cummings, both of whom wished to delve deeper into all things Trump.
Cummings announced that they would be looking for a way to include Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. in their inquiry following the testimony of Michael Cohen, former personal attorney for President Donald Trump.
Cummings told reporters last Thursday that his panel will interview several people that were mentioned by Cohen during his six hours of testimony, including the Trumps and Trump organization CFO, Allen Weisselberg, Axios reported.
“All you have to do is follow the transcript. If there are names that were mentioned or records that were mentioned during the hearing, we want to take a look at all of that,” Cummings told reporters, according to Politico.
“They have a good chance of hearing from us — at least an interview,” Cummings added. “We’ll go through it, we’ll figure out who we want to talk to, and we’ll bring them in.”
“They are people who can put meat on the flesh to what Michael Cohen offered. They are people who know intimately the details of the Trump personality and business,” Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), a member of the Oversight Committee, said according to Politico. “And I think it’s important to follow up on what Michael Cohen said with those people.”