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Schiff Hires MSNBC Pundit to Lead Russia Probe. What He Called Trump in 2017 Says It All.


House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced Tuesday that he hired federal prosecutor Dan Goldman, an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, to lead his investigation into the president’s ties to Russia.

Goldman, a former US attorney, will head a team that already includes Kathy Suber, who served as a government intelligence officer for two decades, and Lucian Sikorskyj, who worked for the National Security Council and as a senior analyst for NATO.

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Goldman has a reputation for aggressively pursuing Russian organized crime. For more than a decade, he served as the deputy chief of the organized-crime section of the Manhattan US Attorney’s office – overseeing the convictions of a number of Russian mobsters as well as leading figures in the Genovese crime family.

Before taking over Schiff’s probe, which is looking into whether there was collusion between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Moscow, Goldman was hired as a legal analyst by MSNBC. He has appeared on “The Rachel Maddow Show” and several other MSNBC programs to discuss the Russian collusion probe.

Goldman has also been an outspoken critic of Trump on social media. In December, he tweeted that the president “doesn’t care about the country, just himself.”

“Shameful,” he added.

Under Republican control, the House Intelligence Committee closed an investigation after finding no evidence of Russian collusion. Schiff disputed that conclusion, and since becoming committee chair, he has made clear that he plans to aggressively investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. He has publicly suggested that Trump’s interest as a private citizen in building a tower in Moscow led him to curry favor with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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With Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s investigation set to come to an end, congressional Democrats have signaled their intent to continue investigating Trump regardless of the findings. On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee announced it was seeking documents and testimony from over 81 Trump associates to investigate possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power.

Schiff and California Rep. Maxine Waters, the chair of the House Financial Services Committee, have also agreed to work together on a probe of Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank, which has been fined for enabling Russian money laundering.

Last week, Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

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