Lawmakers want to speak with President Trump’s former personal secretary over her connection to a meeting between his confidants and a Russian lawyer last year, according to a report.
Congressional investigators want to find out what Trump Organization veteran Rhona Graff knows about the controversial July 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, ABC News reported.
Music publicist Mark Goldstone, a Trump associate who set up the meeting, mentioned Graff in an email, in which he promised Veselnitskaya had dirt on Hillary Clinton.
“I can also send this info to your father via Rhona, but it is ultra sensitive so wanted to send to you first,” Goldstone wrote to Trump Jr., who later tweeted out the emails.
Graff wasn’t listed as a recipient in any of the released emails.
“Since her name is in the email, people will want her to answer questions,” Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told ABC News. “If you go into Trump Tower, you’re going to mention her name.”
The controversial meeting has caught the eye of the House committee, along with its Senate counterpart. It’s also been folded into special counsel Robert Mueller’s sweeping probe of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Kushner, now a senior White House aide, spoke with both committees behind closed doors last month, and has denied the campaign worked with the Kremlin to influence the election.
“The Committee has cast and will continue to cast a wide net,” Senate Intelligence Chair Richard Burr (R-N.C.) told ABC News when asked if his panel would interview Graff.
Graff hasn’t been accused of wrongdoing, and the outside counsel for the Trump Organization said the company hasn’t been contacted.
“We have yet to receive such an inquiry but will, of course, continue to cooperate with any Committee seeking information,” the lawyer, Alan Futerfas, told ABC News.
Graff has gained the reputation as Trump’s gatekeeper during her almost 30 years working for the former real estate mogul.
She remains a point of contact even though Trump has departed Trump Tower in Manhattan for the White House, according to ABC News.
Trump has said he doesn’t personally use email, so Graff has long been his medium for communicating with others.
She’d typically print out emails to Trump for him to read, according to ABC News.
Trump would write any response he felt necessary with a sharpie pen, the network reported, which Graff would then scan and send back.
Source: New York Daily News (TERENCE CULLEN)
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