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 FeinsteinTrump court pick sparks frustration for refusing to answer questions This week: Congress returns for first time since mass shootings GOP senators object to White House delaying home-state projects for border wall 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 ComeyHouse Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe Justice OIG completes probe on FBI surveillance of ex-Trump campaign aide Aggrieved Trump rips Dems for 'sad' impeachment effort 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 TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico 2020 is not a family affair, for a change Pompeo jokes about speaking at Trump hotel: 'The guy who owns it' is 'going to be successful' 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 Grassley'Mike Pounce' trends on Twitter after Trump slip at GOP retreat Cruz warns GOP support for expanded background checks could help elect Warren president Lawmakers applaud Trump's ban on flavored e-cigarettes 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 ClintonTrump's economic approval takes hit in battleground states: poll This is how Democrats will ensure Trump's re-election The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE

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