Lawmakers seek to interview Trump secretary in Russia probe

Lawmakers seek to interview Trump secretary in Russia probe
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Lawmakers are seeking to interview President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE's longtime secretary, Rhona Graff, as part of their investigation into Russian election meddling, ABC News reported. 

Graff, a senior vice president of the Trump Organization, remains a key contact and gatekeeper for Trump among his associates and staff.

"The committee has cast and will continue to cast a wide net," said Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrCongress should build upon the ABLE Act, giving more Americans with disabilities access to financial tools Christine Todd Whitman: Trump should step down over Putin press conference GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki MORE (R-N.C.), who is leading the chamber's investigation into Russian efforts to influence the presidential election.

Graff was mentioned in the email chain that Donald Trump Jr. released about a meeting last year at Trump Tower with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Trump Jr. took the meeting after he was promised damaging information on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonState Dept: Russia’s allegations about American citizens ‘absolutely absurd’ Trump on possible sit-down with Mueller: 'I've always wanted to do an interview' Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas MORE

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British publicist Rob Goldstone, who helped arrange the meeting, in one of the emails suggested that the dirt on Clinton could be given directly to Trump through Graff.

"I can also send this info to your father via Rhona," Goldstone wrote to Trump Jr. "But it is ultra sensitive so wanted to send to you first." 

Trump Jr. and Veselnitskaya have since said the meeting was actually about Russian adoption policy.

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said that "since [Graff's] name is in the email, people will want her to answer questions."

"If you go into Trump Tower, you're going to mention her name." 

Graff, who has not been accused of any wrongdoing, has worked at Trump Tower for more than 30 years. She often received and responded to emails on behalf of Trump, who claims to not use email, ABC News learned from sources close to the president.

Trump reportedly would write on printouts of emails provided to him by Graff, who would then respond electronically.