Feinstein requests interview with WH social media director amid Russia probe

Feinstein requests interview with WH social media director amid Russia probe
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The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee wants the panel to interview Trump aide and longtime confidant Dan Scavino as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSteyer endorses de León in bid to unseat Feinstein Amid struggle for votes, GOP plows ahead with Cabinet picks Feinstein comes out against Pompeo for secretary of State MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday sent a letter to Scavino, who now serves as White House social media director, requesting a tranche of documents from him in addition to an interview later this month.

“Given your role on the campaign and in the White House, we believe that you have information that would assist the Committee in its investigation related to the 2016 presidential election and the dismissal of Director Comey,” Feinstein wrote. “Accordingly, we are writing to request documents and to schedule an interview with you in January 2018.”

Scavino, who began his career with Trump in the early 1990s as one of his golf caddies, ran social media for Trump’s presidential campaign and is said to be frequently at Trump’s side in the White House. 

Scavino was reportedly with Trump at his golf club in New Jersey the weekend Trump decided to fire then-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyWu-Tang Clan jokingly enlists Comey to track down mystery album Comey says he regrets describing Trump's appearance in book Comey interview gives Colbert his third-highest ratings ever MORE. In her letter, Feinstein asked Scavino for information related to Comey’s firing or his interactions with Trump.

Scavino has also been swept up in the intrigue surrounding Russian interference in the election.

The Washington Post reported in December that an executive at Russian social media company VKontakte reached out to Scavino and Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpCohen got Us Weekly to kill story about alleged Trump Jr. affair: report Taxpayer-funded security costs for Trump sons' trip to Dubai topped ,000: report PETA calling for Trump Jr.'s deportation in billboard campaign MORE, the president’s eldest son, by email before the election offering to help promote the campaign through the platform.

Feinstein wrote in the letter that the committee “received information that you may have corresponded with Russian nationals regarding Trump campaign social media efforts.” 

Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenate panel moving ahead with Mueller bill despite McConnell opposition Republicans refuse to back opioids bill sponsored by vulnerable Dem Pavlich: When will McCabe face prosecution for lying? MORE (R-Iowa) did not sign on to Feinstein’s letter but is copied on it. The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Russia probe has been plagued by partisan divisions, with Republicans and Democrats accusing each other of stonewalling the investigation.

She also asked Scavino to provide documents concerning the appointment of Michael Flynn as national security adviser and his subsequent resignation, as well as those pertaining to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya before which Trump Jr. was offered damaging information on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHouse Dems add five candidates to ‘Red to Blue’ program Pompeo can lead the fight against global hunger and malnutrition Poll: Cruz running neck and neck with Dem challenger MORE

The top Democrat also asked for any communications with representatives of WikiLeaks, DC Leaks, Guccifer 2.0 or VKontakte.