The House Intelligence Committee has opened an investigation into whether attorneys representing both President Trump and his family obstructed the panel’s investigation into Russian interference by shaping or editing false testimony.
The New York Times reports this afternoon that Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) sent requests for documents to the president’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow, Trump Organization lawyer Alan Garten, Don Jr. lawyer Alan Futerfas, and Ivanka lawyer Abbe Lowell earlier this year in connection with the investigation into whether they edited or shaped former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s 2017 false statements to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow proposal.
“Among other things, it appears that your clients may have reviewed, shaped and edited the false statement that Cohen submitted to the Committee, including causing the omission of material facts,” Schiff wrote in a May 3 letter to attorneys for the lawyers, which was obtained from a committee source. “In addition, certain of your clients may have engaged in discussions about potential pardons in an effort to deter one or more witnesses from cooperating with authorized investigations.”
Patrick Strawbridge, representing Sekulow, responded in a statement, “Instead of addressing important intelligence needs, the House Intelligence Committee appears to seek a truly needless dispute — this one with private attorneys — that would force them to violate privileges and ethical rules.”