The House Intelligence Committee has hired a former federal prosecutor with a history of trying securities fraud, racketeering and international organized crime to lead its investigation of President Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, the panel announced Tuesday.
The appointment of Daniel Goldman, who oversaw prosecutions of Russian organized crime networks during his 10 years in the office of the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, suggests that the intelligence panel’s chairman, Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), plans to scrutinize Trump’s finances and foreign contacts as he investigates whether Trump colluded with foreign governments to sway the 2016 election.
The Intelligence Committee, however, may be uniquely able to conduct probes requiring both the clearance to peruse sensitive intelligence and the forensic expertise needed to investigate serious financial crimes.
Goldman’s experience with Russian organized crime is punctuated by a racketeering, gambling and money-laundering case he oversaw that resulted in the conviction of more than 30 people in 2014. Goldman also successfully prosecuted members of the Genovese crime family, including securing a murder conviction for its acting boss.
Earlier this week, the House Judiciary Committee sent out more than 80 document requests for information pertaining to everything from emoluments to pardons; Trump retorted on Twitter, calling it a “big, fat, fishing expedition” and “the greatest overreach in the history of our Country.”
In the meantime, the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees teamed up to demand materials pertaining to Trump’s contacts with Russian President Vladimir Putin, while the House Financial Services Committee’s chairwoman, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), said last week that she expects Deutsche Bank will cooperate in that panel’s probe of how Trump allegedly sought to secure certain loans.
The Intelligence Committee, however, may be uniquely able to conduct probes requiring both the clearance to peruse sensitive intelligence and the forensic expertise needed to investigate serious financial crimes.https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/na ... story.html