Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) just hurled an accusation at White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino Jr. that could be a real gamechanger in the Congressional investigations into the Trump administration.
The ranking Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Feinstein just sent a letter to Scavino “inviting” him to testify in front of the committee after having “received information” that Scavino “may have corresponded with Russian nationals regarding Trump campaign social media efforts,” according to an article in Mother Jones magazine.
While Feinstein did not elaborate on the details of her accusation or respond to questions from the magazine about the source of her information, it has been previously reported by CNN that after the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June of 2016 between Donald Trump Jr., along with other Trump campaign big-wigs, and a Russian lawyer said to have dirt on Hillary Clinton, one of the meeting’s organizers, British publicist Rob Goldstone, suggested that the campaign connect with Russian-Americans by launching a page on a Russian social media site. Reportedly, Goldstone subsequently sent a follow-up email to Scavino to push the idea.
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Scavino, whose qualifications for his White House social media post include a stint as Trump’s golf caddie, did not immediately respond to Mother Jone’s request for comments. According to the magazine,
“Feinstein also sent a letter Wednesday to Brad Parscale, who oversaw the Trump campaign’s digital operation, asking him to agree to an interview and turn over any documents he has related to contacts with Russian nationals or groups such as WikiLeaks.”
Despite the mounds of evidence linking Trump campaign officials to meetings with Kremlin representatives, the Trump administration has continued to deny any acts of collusion with Putin or the army of hackers he employs.
Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), have been more interested in protecting the President and deflecting the investigation towards, you guessed it, Hillary Clinton and the Obama Justice Department than in getting to the bottom of the biggest political scandal since Watergate. Without the bipartisan support of Senator Grassley, Senator Feinstein lacks the power to compel testimony from Scavino or Parscale through subpoenas, hence her letters of invitation to the two digital czars of the President’s administration.
If Senator Feinstein’s efforts fail to convince the Trump officials that it’s in their best interests to commit to a sworn deposition of their version of the events that transpired during the election, worry not. Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller needs no permission from Senator Grassley nor any other Republican to issue his own subpoenas to the two men. We can only hope that the truth comes out sooner rather than later.