Washington: US President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, his son Donald Trump Jr and former campaign manager Paul Manafort have started turning over documents to the Senate judiciary committee as part of the panel’s expanded investigation of Russian election-meddling.
The Trump campaign turned over about 20,000 pages of documents on 2 August, committee spokesman George Hartmann said Tuesday. Manafort provided about 400 pages on 2 August, including his foreign advocacy filing, while Trump Jr gave about 250 pages on 4 August, Hartmann said. The committee had asked them last month to start producing the documents by 2 August.
A company the judiciary panel says has been linked to a salacious “dossier" on Trump, Fusion GPS, and its chief executive officer, Glenn Simpson, have yet to turn over any requested documents, Hartmann said.
The committee asked for all records regarding any attempts or interest in obtaining information about Hillary Clinton from Russian government or affiliated sources, including the June 2016 meeting of Trump Jr, Manafort, Trump senior adviser Jared Kushner and a group of Russians including lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
The committee asked for documents related to any attempt to coordinate or use information related to Russia’s attempts to influence the election. It sought Manafort’s registration filings and contacts with the justice department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
The committee also wants to investigate Fusion GPS’s role in the creation of the dossier on Trump. Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, told reporters last week he wants to know if Russians paid for the dossier.
The judiciary committee’s top Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, said last week that public hearings may be held in late September with Trump Jr and Manafort. Bloomberg