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Democrats ramp up Trump inquiries

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Hush Money

The Judiciary Committee is set to re-examine this fall whether Trump had a direct role in a 2016 scheme to silence two women, ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who say they had affairs with him.

The president's former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, has said Trump personally repaid him for payments that the president directed him to make to Daniels as hush money. Democrats believe there's enough evidence to show Trump was a co-conspirator in the payments that resulted in Cohen pleading guilty to campaign finance violations.

No hearing dates or subpoenas have been announced by the committee on the topic. A committee official confirmed plans to investigate as part of building an impeachment case this fall.

Election Interference

Three House committees say they are investigating alleged efforts by Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to pressure Ukrainian government officials to assist the president's re-election campaign and uncover dirt on Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden and his son.


The Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight committees are demanding White House and State Department documents they say are related to the issue by Sept. 16. The panels also said they're looking into reports the administration threatened to withhold security assistance to Ukraine, contrary to directions from Congress.

Giuliani had said he planned to travel to Kyiv, Ukraine's capital, to encourage the nation's president-elect to press inquiries into two matters of interest to Trump.

One was the origins of Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The other was the involvement of Biden's son, Hunter Biden, in an energy company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch, and whether the former vice president had influenced the removal of a Ukrainian prosecutor with authority over investigations of the oligarch.

Democrats say they are investigating whether Giuliani was acting outside legitimate law enforcement and diplomatic channels to coerce the Ukrainian government into pursuing politically motivated investigations.


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