One astute pundit said those targeted by Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee chairman, would be crazy to respond and it appears that they took that advice to heart.
Nadler launched a sprawling probe of Trump’s family, administration and campaign, serving document requests to 81 agencies, entities and individuals, as part of a probe into “alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption, and other abuses of power by President Trump.”
The majority of individuals and groups targeted missed a Nadler-imposed deadline to respond, according to Fox News.
Republican committee sources told Fox News that just eight of the 81 targets actually met a Monday deadline — this despite Nadler touting the responses he’s gotten.
"We've gotten responses from surprising people, like for instance, Steve Bannon, who sent us a few thousand documents." -House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler pic.twitter.com/nomwBkTwNC
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) March 19, 2019
“A lot of people have responded, entities have responded. Some have said that they will work with us, some have said they will respond if we give them a subpoena,” he told MCNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Monday. “We will be talking to people seeing if we can reach accommodations with them. Ultimately, people have to respond to us unless the president personally votes an executive privilege, which is a rare thing.”
The reported dismal response may say a thing or two about how those targeted see a campaign that was described as “almost literally a witch hunt” by Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano — Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs took it even further, characterizing it as a “coup” against the president, calling it an “abuse of power.”
Nadler appears to be using smoke and mirrors to put up a false front, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
“The way Democrats are characterizing the response to their investigation is an exaggeration of epic proportions,” the source told Fox News on Wednesday.
More from the network on who has responded:
But a Republican committee aide told Fox News that only the following individuals and groups have responded: Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, who submitted 47 pages; former Trump national security adviser J.D. Gordan, who provided 51 pages; the National Rifle Association, which submitted 1,466 pages; Russian lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, who attended the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting and provided 467 pages; former Trump political adviser Sam Nunberg, who sent 23 pages; former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who sent 2,688 pages; Trump inaugural committee chair Tom Barrack, who sent 3,349 pages; and the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee, which provided 104 pages.
The aide disputed Nadler saying he has received tens of thousands of documents.
“Either Democrats are deliberately concealing committee records — which confirms they’re invested in partisan inquisitions more than credible oversight — or they are deliberately misrepresenting the facts to the press and American public. Which is it?” the aide said.
Former Trump aide Michael Caputo may have been the first to go public in taking a stand against the Democratic “fishing expedition.”
Caputo is one of those who received requests for testimony or documents.
“After enduring six-figure legal costs that I was only able to pay with GoFundMe donations from 8,500 people – no big donor aid, no campaign help, no Patriot Fund assistance – I am reticent to stand alone in defiance of the committee and rack up far more legal bills. But I might, if others among the 81 join me,” Caputo declared in an op-ed run by Fox News.
“This charade has gone on long enough. Somebody has to be the first to take a stand,” he concluded. “For the sake of my family – for 81 families – it might as well be me.”
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