Feinstein goes after Trump’s social media director in demand-filled letter

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, expressed interest in interviewing longtime Trump associate Dan Scavino in a letter on Wednesday. The interview would be part of the committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Scavino, the White House social media director, received a letter from Feinstein, requesting documents and 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.”

The letter to Scavino also asks for “documents related to the firing of James Comey and Michael Flynn, hacked emails by Russia and Russian efforts to target voters through social media. It also asks for communications about the June 9 meeting at Trump Tower between the Trump campaign and a Russian lawyer,” according to Feinstein’s website.

In the letter, Feinstein writes: “The media has reported that you are a ‘constant presence at Trumps side,’ and ‘omni present in the west wing,’ which would place you at key events of interest to the committee in its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice. In addition, the committee has also received information that you may have corresponded with Russian national regarding Trump campaign social media efforts.”

Feinstein is seemingly referencing a report from The Washington Post, who in December wrote that an executive at Russian social media company VKontakte reached out to Scavino, offering to help promote the Donald J. Trump campaign ahead of the election. She later asked for any communications with representatives of WikiLeaks, DC Leaks, Guccifer 2.0 or VKontakte.

Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) did not sign Feinstein’s letter, but he was copied on it.

Scavino began his career with Trump in the early 1990’s as a his golf caddy. During the 2016 presidential campaign, he ran social media for Trump. He is said to be frequently at Trump’s side in the White House.

CLICK HERE to read Feinstein’s entire letter.

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