Politics

Investigation Quietly Launched Against Major Democrat For Russian Collusion

The House Intelligence Committee is set to interview Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and British publicist Rob Goldstone on Monday as part of its ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, reports The Hill.

Wasserman Schultz resigned as head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in July 2016 after leaked emails showed party officials appearing to favor Hillary Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Wasserman Schultz has also denied knowing about any arrangement for the DNC to help fund an unverified dossier containing salacious allegations about President Trump.

Clinton’s campaign and the DNC reportedly paid millions to a law firm involved in the compilation of the dossier.

Goldstone was expected to speak with the committee after he said he wanted to “explain what happened.” The Publicist became popular in the public eye after is was revealed that he helped set up a meeting in 2016 between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer who had promised damaging material on Clinton.

Goldstone has said the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, pulled a “classic bait-and-switch,” promising information on Clinton when in fact she wanted to discuss sanctions against Russia.

The committee is also expected to speak with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Trump’s personal assistant and a Russian-American businessman later in the week, CNN reported.

The panel is also speaking to Michael Sussman of Perkins Coie, the law firm that paid Fusion GPS for the opposition research dossier on Trump and Russia, according to CNN.

The House Intelligence Committee is one of the multiple congressional committees leading investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  Not to be confused with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s criminal investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.