On Sunday, Congressional Republicans began calling for Debbie Wasserman Schiltz and John Podesta to start providing information and answers into the breaking news of the Democratic party paying for a dossier on President Trump’s alleged ties to Russia. This news coming after the Dems informed numerous Senate investigators just a month ago that they have absolutely no knowledge of such payments.
Debbie Wasserman Shultz previously held the chairman position to the DNC (Democratic National Committee), while John Podesta was the chairman of the Clinton 2016 Presidential campaign. It is reported that both of the groups paid millions of dollars for the research heading up that dossier, according to reports from The Washington Post.
Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Rep and chairman of the House Oversight Committee commented on “Fox News Sunday” that the Democratic National Committee paying for a law firm to do opposition research was bordering on the grounds of money laundering, if it was not already outright money laundering.
According to Gowdy, “I’m not an election law expert, but the good news is you don’t have to be, to understand the absurdity of believing that you can launder all of your campaign money by just hiring a law firm…so I’m interested in that.”
He further commented and questioned John Podesta and Debbie Wasserman Shiltz’s claim that they were oblivious to who paid for the dossier or where the money came from.
Gowdy continues, “I am also interested in sharing some memory tricks with fold at the DNC because no one can remember who paid $10 million to a law firm to do oppo research. I find that stunning. $10 million and no one can remember who authorized it, who approved it, who said, ‘This is a really good idea.’”
Fox News pressed Wasserman Shultz on the issue recently, receiving a cold response of: “I wasn’t aware of the arrangement at all.”
Maine’s GOP Sen. Susan Collins, who is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, offered her thoughts that both Shultz and Podesta “absolutely need to be recalled” before the panel for increased questioning. She continued by saying on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that: “It’s difficult to imagine that a campaign chairman, that the head of the DNS would not know of an expenditure of this magnitude and significance.”
More and more Democrats are refusing to comment on the issue. This leaves many to assume that the party is guilty and wants the issue to go away rather than facing it head on.