Democrats announce fresh probe of Trump’s financial interests, Russia links

Democrats announce fresh probe of Trump’s financial interests, Russia links

The House intelligence committee will launch a broad new investigation looking at Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump

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The House intelligence committee will launch a broad new investigation looking at Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump’s foreign financial interests, Chairman Adam Schiff announced Wednesday, moving ahead with the aggressive oversight that Democrats have promised now that they are in the majority.Story continues below

Schiff said the investigation will include “the scope and scale” of Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election, the “extent of any links and/or coordination” between Russians and Trump’s associates, whether foreign actors have sought to hold leverage over Trump or his family and associates, and whether anyone has sought to obstruct any of the relevant investigations.READ MORE: Trump says ‘ridiculous’ probes hurt the U.S. economyThe announcement came one day after Trump criticized “ridiculous partisan investigations” in his State of the Union speech. Schiff dismissed those comments Wednesday.“We’re going to do our jobs and the president needs to do his,” Schiff said. “Our job involves making sure that the policy of the United States is being driven by the national interest, not by any financial entanglement, financial leverage or other form of compromise.”WATCH: Trump refers to Mueller’s probe and says ‘there cannot be war and investigation’

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