Eric Trump, the president’s son, told Fox & Friends on Thursday that he believes a document request he received from the House Judiciary Committee last week is “a joke.”
“These people are so desperate,” said the Trump Organization executive, who stopped to hug each of the Friends crew when he walked on the set.
“The country has never done better. The economy is the best it’s ever been. The Democrats don’t have a platform. Their Russia hoax has fallen on its face. They investigated, spent how much taxpayer money on Russia, they got what? Absolutely nowhere.”
“[They’re] subpoenaing everybody under the sun,” he continued.
Co-host Steve Doocy interjected: “Including you! What did they ask for?”
“Guys, it's a joke,” Trump replied. “Please give me all the transcripts you have with Vladimir Putin. Me and my buddy—”
Doocy asked: “Have you ever talked to Vladimir Putin?”
“Of course not,” said Trump. “It’s ridiculous.”
Following testimony by Michael Cohen, the former “fixer” and personal attorney to the president, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee this week sent letters requesting documents to 81 agencies, organizations, and people with close ties to Eric’s father.
The letters, signed by committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), were sent to nearly everyone involved with the Trump Organization and the White House, including Eric and his brother Donald Trump Jr.
Eric Trump’s letter named more than two dozen different subjects, including anything pertaining to “the contents of meetings between President Trump and Vladimir Putin on July 7, 2017, November 11, 2017, July 16, 2018, and November 30, 2018.”
Nadler said Monday that his committee is “simply exercising our oversight jurisdiction.”
“He’s not—he doesn’t understand or he’s not willing to concede to Congress that we have an oversight jurisdiction,” the New York Democrat said on CNN. “We have to—you’ve had two years of sustained attacks by an administration of the nature that we haven’t seen probably in a century or more, against the free press, against the courts, against law enforcement administrations… against freedom of speech.”
“We have to make sure that this is not a dictatorship and that the rule of law is respected,” Nadler said.