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Mon Sep 30, 2019, 03:34 PM

Senate Dems seek info on judicial nominee Steven Menashi's impeachment role

Source: Associated Press

Senate Dems seek info on judicial nominee’s impeachment role

By MATTHEW DALY
September 30, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee want to know whether one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees figures in the whistleblower complaint at the center of a bid to impeach Trump.

The panel’s 10 Democrats, led by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, said it is vital to understand work done by judicial nominee Steven Menashi, an associate White House counsel who’s one of Trump’s top legal advisers.

The lawmakers asked Menashi in a letter Friday to disclose what he knows about a phone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his family. The senators also want to know what role, if any, Menashi played in responding to a whistleblower complaint that sparked the impeachment inquiry .

As the Judiciary Committee considers Menashi’s nomination to the New York-based 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, “it’s vital to understand his work in the White House Counsel’s Office,” said Feinstein, the panel’s top Democrat. “We need to know whether he was involved with any events related to President Trump’s (July 25) phone call with President Zelenskiy.”

Democrats asked Menashi a series of questions, including when and how he became aware of the July 25 call and whether he was involved in a decision by the White House counsel’s office that the whistleblower’s complaint — based in part on the phone call — be withheld from Congress. The complaint was later turned over to Congress along with a rough transcript of the call.

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