House Democrats keep pressure on Goodlatte over staffers’ help for Trump

Politico reports:

House Judiciary Committee Democrats on Thursday pressed Chairman Bob Goodlatte for more information about his staff’s secret role helping craft President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting refugees and immigration.

The panel’s ranking member, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), in a letter to Goodlatte, asked whether the Virginia Republican approved his staff signing nondisclosure agreements with Trump officials and allowed the aides to work on the travel ban on committee time, and whether Goodlatte reviewed any of their work on the executive order.


Conyers’ letter came just a couple hours after nine House Democrats pressed Speaker Paul Ryan in a separate letter Thursday to say whether the unusual situation broke chamber rules.

Goodlatte apparently never responded to a letter from Conyers and other Judiciary Committee Democrats in November asking him to schedule hearings on the potential conflicts between then President-elect Trump’s business interests and his position as President of the United States. So there’s no reason to expect the congressman will reply to Conyers’s latest letter either.

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