Dozens of lawyers in Big Law and boutiques got hit with demands for documents Monday from the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, which launched a sweeping investigation of the Trump administration and individuals and entities in the orbit of the president, his family, election campaign and business empire.
The committee, led by U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, sent more than 80 letters and document demands as part of an investigation “into the alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption, and other abuses of power by President Trump, his associates, and members of his administration.”
“We must protect and respect the work of Special Counsel Mueller, but we cannot rely on others to do the investigative work for us,” Nadler said in a statement. “Our work is even more urgent after senior Justice Department officials have suggested that they may conceal the work of the Special Counsel’s investigation from the public.”
Nadler said the special counsel, Robert Mueller III, and prosecutors in the Southern District of New York “are aware that we are taking these steps.”
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement: “The House Judiciary Committee’s letter has been received by the White House. The Counsel’s Office and relevant White House officials will review it and respond at the appropriate time.” President Donald Trump on Monday called the House investigation a “political hoax.”
Here’s a snapshot of some of the lawyers representing figures in the Trump orbit who received letters from Nadler on Monday:
>> Benjamin Ginsberg of Jones Day represents the Donald Trump campaign. Read the U.S. House demand for documents.
>> William Burck of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan represents former White House counsel Donald McGahn. Read the U.S. House demand for documents. Burck also represents Steve Bannon, former White House chief of staff. Read the House demand.
>> Robert Giuffra of Sullivan & Cromwell represents K.T. McFarland, former deputy national security adviser. Read the U.S. House demand.
>> Michael Bowe of Kasowitz Benson Torres represents Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary. Read the House demand.
>> Alan Futerfas represents Sheri Dillon, the Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partner advising Trump on tax matters. Read the U.S. House demand. Futerfas also represents former deputy White House counsel Stefan Passantino, now at Michael Best. Read the House demand.
>> Abbe Lowell of Winston & Strawn represents Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. Read the U.S. House demand.
>> Sandeep Savla of Latham & Watkins represents George Nader, a reported business partner with Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy. Read the House demand.
>> Barry Pollack of Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber represents Wikileaks and Julian Assange. Read the U.S. House demand.
>> Robert Trout of Trout Cacheris & Solomon represents Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director. Read the U.S. House demand for documents.
>> William Hurd of Troutman Sanders represents Paul Erickson, former boyfriend of alleged Russian spy Maria Butina. Read the U.S. House demand.
>> Charles Cooper of Cooper & Kirk represents former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Read the U.S. House demand.
>> Charles Stillman and James Mitchell of Ballard Spahr represent Dylan Howard, chief content officer at American Media Inc. Read the House demand.
>> Mary Mulligan of Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman represents Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer. Read the U.S. House demand.
>> Robert Wolf of Moses & Singer represents Felix Sater, a Trump business associate. Read the U.S. House demand.
David Bario and Nate Robson contributed reporting.