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Top Dems Ask Gowdy to Subpoena Trump Administration For Documents Regarding Reports that Manafort Promised Army Secretary Job to Banker Who Loaned Him Millions

Mar 28, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Mar. 28, 2018)—Today,  Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on National Security, sent a letter asking Chairman Trey Gowdy to subpoena the Trump Administration for documents relating to loans received by President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

“We are writing to respectfully request that you issue a subpoena to compel the Department of Defense (DOD) to produce documents it has been withholding from Congress relating to extremely troubling reports that a banker named Stephen Calk may have made loans of up to $16 million to President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, in exchange for promises to name him Secretary of the Army,” they wrote.

Last month, numerous press accounts reported that the bank Calk heads, Federal Savings Bank, provided up to $16 million in loans to Manafort “as part of a quid pro quo arrangement to secure Mr. Calk a job in Mr. Trump’s Administration.” 

Cummings and Lynch first sent a letter on February 27, 2018, requesting that DOD produce documents relating to these reports, including documents relating to conversations, decisions, or policies regarding a potential position for Calk.  They also requested a briefing from DOD officials on these issues.

“To date, DOD has not produced any of the requested documents or information and has not provided a timeline for when it intends to produce the documents we requested,” the Ranking Members wrote.   “If you decide not to issue this subpoena yourself, then we ask that you place this matter on the agenda for our next regularly scheduled business meeting so all Committee members will have the opportunity to vote on a motion for this subpoena.”

Click here to read today’s letter.

115th Congress