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 WatersAdvocates call on top Democrats for 0B in housing investments Cori Bush hits her stride by drawing on activist past Cawthorn to introduce resolution condemning political violence after warning of 'bloodshed' if elections are 'rigged' MORE (D-Calif.), are pressing Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinMenendez, Rubio ask Yellen to probe meatpacker JBS The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Biden rallies Senate Dems behind mammoth spending plan Mnuchin dodges CNBC questions on whether Trump lying over election MORE for documents about any business ties between President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol 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.