Dems push Mnuchin for documents on Trump, Russia business ties

Dems push Mnuchin for documents on Trump, Russia business ties
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Democrats, led by Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersMaxine Waters: Gang members have 'more integrity' than 'street player' Trump Maxine Waters blasts Trump as 'mafia boss' over Stone case Democrats highlight lack of diversity at major banks in new report MORE (D-Calif.), are pressing Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report — Sanders, Dems zero in on Super Tuesday Bloomberg proposes financial transaction tax GOP senators offering bill to cement business provision in Trump tax law MORE for documents about any business ties between President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE and Russia.

In a letter Thursday, Waters, the ranking member on the House Financial Services Committee, and other Dems on the panel demanded that Mnuchin "cooperate ... in determining the extent of any undue influence on the President and his Administration from Russian government officials, oligarchs, and organized crime leaders."

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“It is unfortunate that despite the constant revelations about this Administration, you continue to refuse to provide us with records relating to potential money laundering violations by Russian persons and the Trump Organization, including violations involving Trump-licensed properties, which we requested in May,” the lawmakers wrote.

“It seems to be clear to everyone but you that these continuing revelations demand immediate attention," they wrote.

The letter follows up on a May request from committee Democrats for "copies of all pertinent financial records to this Committee that may shed light on President Trump’s financial transactions with and business ties to Russia, as well as those of his family members and associates."

"The nearly constant stream of allegations about the President’s ties to Russian government officials, oligarchs, and organized crime leaders[1] raises serious questions as to whether such individuals may have financial leverage over the President and his Administration," Democrats wrote at the time.

Waters asked Mnuchin to provide all requested materials to the committee by Dec. 15.