With newfound investigative control in the House, Democrats are planning an extensive investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign and possible ties to Russia, Axios reported.
What are the details?
House Democrats do not want special counsel Robert Mueller to have the last-word on the alleged Trump-Russia collusion, especially heading into the 2020 presidential election where Democrats seek to unseat Trump — and Republicans — from political control in Washington.
The planned investigation, according to Axios, will:
- Utilize at least three committees: The House Intelligence Committee will lead the probe, while the House Financial Services Committee will investigate money laundering questions, and the House Foreign Affairs Committee will focus on Russia
- Have a "heavy focus" on money laundering
- Consist of "dramatic public hearings"
- Seek to uncover what Trump discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin in secret meetings, "whether that's subpoenaing the notes or subpoenaing the interpreter or other steps"
- Investigate the Trump family finances
The bottom line, according to Axios, is that instead of depending on Mueller to produce their desired outcome, Democrats "will use their new subpoena power to produce a voluminous exposé of their own."
The investigation could last into 2020, potentially allowing Democrats to control the narrative at a crucial time for Trump. How Democrats frame their findings, and how the Trump campaign responds to the investigation, could have significant impacts on the election outcome.
What about the Senate?
On Tuesday, NBC reported that after two years of investigating the Trump campaign and possible ties to Russia, the Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), has "uncovered no direct evidence of conspiracy between Trump campaign and Russia."
The Senate's investigation has not yet concluded, a fact Burr conceded could lead to the discovery of new evidence in the future. However, Burr said the probe is nearing its end.
"We know we're getting to the bottom of the barrel because there're not new questions that we're searching for answers to," he told CBS News last week.
Meanwhile, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, contradicted Burr's assessment.
"Respectfully, I disagree. I'm not going to get into any conclusions I've reached because my basis of this has been that I'm not going to reach any conclusion until we finish the investigation. And we still have a number of the key witnesses to come back," Warner said Tuesday, according to CNN.
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