Analysis

A request for documents as part of an ongoing probe into the Trump administration has come up relatively empty-handed.

The probe is headed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, who sent document requests to 81 separate agencies as a means of investigating “alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption and other abuses of power by President Trump.” The deadline for submitting related documents was last Monday, yet only eight of the contacted agencies provided responses.


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Earlier this week, Nadler stated that his request for information had been met with answers from multiple organizations, resulting in the attainment of tens of thousands of documents. He commented:

A lot of people have responded. Entities have responded. Some have said that… they will work with us. Some have said they will respond if we give them a subpoena. We will be talking to people and seeing if we can reach accommodations with them. Ultimately, people must respond to us unless the President personally votes an executive privilege, which is a rare thing… They have no immunity. They must respond to us.

A Different Side of the Story

However, an anonymous republican committee aide has reported that very few people have responded to Nadler’s request. Among those who cooperated were former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, who submitted 47 pages; former national security adviser J.D. Gordon, who gave Nadler 51 pages, and former Trump political adviser Sam Nunberg, who provided only 23 pages of documents.

The aide comments:

Either democrats are deliberately concealing committee records – which confirms they’re invested in partisan inquisitions more than credible oversight – or they’re deliberately misrepresenting the facts to the press and American public. Which is it?

This Sounds Familiar

If democrats are hiding information, it likely isn’t the first time. Last July, a report detailing potential evidence of voter fraud was issued to Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. The report suggested that electronic voting machines had been vulnerable to cyberattacks between the years 2000 and 2006.

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A democratic senator remained silent when given information regarding potential voter fraud. | Source: Shutterstock

The manufacturer of the machines, Election Systems & Software (ES&S), claimed that it had installed a program called pcAnywhere onto its electronic voting systems that allowed users to access the machines on a remote basis. Wyden failed to disclose this information for approximately three months.

In any case, Nadler probably won’t even obtain verifiable information from the documents he has received. One respondent, former Trump adviser Michael Caputo, says he was the first to answer Nadler’s request, but that he ultimately didn’t possess any of the documentation the Chairman was looking for.

At press time, he’s not planning to cooperate further:

At the end of the day… I’ve been doing this for two years. It’s a long dance. I’ve testified three times under oath, each time to the same questions. Each time costs me half a year’s salary, and here we go again just as my family was waiting to press play on our lives. I’ve got nothing left.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article are solely those of the author and do not represent those of, nor should they be attributed to, CCN.

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