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House Intel hires former Russian mob prosecutor to lead Trump probes


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House Intel hires former Russian mob prosecutor to lead Trump probes

The House Intelligence Committee has hired a seasoned former Southern District of New York federal prosecutor with experience going after Russian organized crime to lead its myriad investigations into President Donald Trump.


Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) announced on Tuesday that Daniel Goldman joined the committee last month as senior adviser and director of investigations. Goldman, who was second-in-command at SDNY’s organized crime unit, has prosecuted the Russian mob and has secured convictions for racketeering, murder and money laundering, including against the Genovese crime family.


“Under Chairman Schiff’s leadership, we intend to run a professional investigation designed to uncover the facts and the truth,” Goldman said in a statement.


Goldman was until recently a legal analyst for MSNBC and NBC News, where he often spoke critically of the president’s posture toward the investigations that have ensnared him.


Goldman’s hiring comes as House Democrats continue to ramp up their probes targeting the president, his administration, his presidential campaign and his business empire. Schiff’s committee recently re-opened its Russia investigation, which will focus on whether foreign actors have leverage over Trump, and whether Trump associates colluded with Russian operatives to interfere in the 2016 election.


Schiff has consistently drawn the president’s ire for his investigative ambitions. And on Monday, the House Judiciary Committee drew a fiery response from the White House when it kicked off a wide-ranging investigation into allegations against the president of obstruction of justice, corruption, and abuse of power. Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) sent letters to 81 individuals and entities associated with Trump, demanding that they turn over documents to the panel as part of its new probe.


In a tweet Tuesday morning, Trump called Nadler’s move “the greatest overreach in the history of our country” and accused Democrats of launching a “big, fat, fishing expedition desperately in search of a crime.”


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