The Wall Street Journal: House Democrats plan to investigate Trump’s role in hush-money payments

House Democrats, set to take over majority control next year, plan to probe President Donald Trump’s involvement in hush payments arranged during the 2016 campaign to two women alleging affairs, according to a Democratic aide on the House Oversight Committee.

The aide said House Democrats have already begun probing the hush payments, including requesting records from the Trump Organization in September, and “plan to dig in deeper” by examining Trump’s role.

The Wall Street Journal on Friday reported that Trump was involved in or briefed on nearly every step of the agreements arranged by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen. That contradicted two years of denials by the president, his advisers and his legal team that Trump had any knowledge of the deals at the time they were struck — and raised the possibility that the president violated federal campaign-finance laws.

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