Senate Republicans will hold hearings Thursday on how former President Donald Trump’s top advisers were treated at the health care company they run.
The hearing, scheduled to be held in a secret session, is expected to focus on the health plans’ practices for protecting the health of former employees who work for the companies.
It’s the latest effort to shine light on how the president’s top staffers were treated, as lawmakers and experts probe whether the Trump Organization inappropriately hired former aides for lucrative jobs while the former president was in office.
The hearings are being held amid the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team into whether Trump obstructed justice by obstructing the Russia probe.
Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, told reporters the president and his aides were “in no way, shape or form” in any way involved in hiring former aides to work for his company.
Sekulow said that in an interview with The Associated Press last month, Trump told reporters he would have fired the former aides had he known they had ties to Russia.
“If they were involved in any manner, including lobbying for the Russian government, they would have been fired,” Sekulovow said.
The House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing Thursday on Trump’s administration’s decision to fire former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief strategist, and former White Council of Economic Advisers Director Gary Cohn.
Republicans have subpoenaed the companies for documents about how they handled Priebus and Cohn, as well as for records on their former top political aide, Jared Kushner.
The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs will also hold a meeting Thursday on the former chief of staff’s hiring at HealthCare.gov, a government website for health plans.
It’s unclear if the panel will hold any hearing on the companies’ conduct for hiring former Trump aides.