In the letter sent Tuesday, Chuck Grassley notes that Natalia Veselnitskaya said she was denied a visa to the US and that, while she was subsequently granted "immigration parole" to travel in 2015, her parole expired on January 7, 2016, and a request to extend was denied.
The statement came the say day that financial documents confirmed Manafort's firm received $1.2 million from his clients - payments that some Ukrainian officials believed were part of a larger scandal involving former President Viktor Yanukovych's pro-Russian political party and Manafort's firm.
Susan Collins, R-Me., calling for the Senate intelligence committee to interview him.
The scope of congressional investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential contest came into sharper focus on Wednesday, July 12, as lawmakers said they meant to question the former chairman of the Trump campaign and to determine whether Russian social media "trolls" were connected to Trump's election efforts.
Grassley said Wednesday that he's asked the departments of Homeland Security and State how Veselnitskaya could be in the United States without registering under the foreign agents act or on a valid visa.
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"One of the biggest crimes we're looking at is the hacking of data, so understanding how it was used certainly needs to be part of the investigation", said Representative Eric Swalwell, another Democratic member of the committee.
Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that Donald Trump Jr. had held an unreported meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
"This raises serious questions about whether the Obama administration authorized her to remain in the country, and if so, why?"
Grassley said there will be a hearing within days on the lax enforcement.
Manfort left the Trump campaign shortly after the 2016 RNC Convention in Cleveland, which is when Kellyanne Conway, who now serves as a special advisor to President Trump, took over.
"I think it's just raised a lot of questions. but the real way that I feel comfortable inviting him is ever since President Trump was elected", Grassley said Thursday.
Glacier White PS4 Pro Announced as Part of a Destiny 2 Bundle
A brand-new limited edition white PS4 Pro will come bundled with Destiny 2 this September, PlayStation announced today. Yep, the glacier white PS4 Pro is exclusive to the limited edition Destiny 2 bundle - at least for now.