The House Judiciary Committee announced a corruption and obstruction investigation into President Donald Trump on Monday by asking for documents from 81 people and entities tied to the White House, the Trump campaign and the Trump Organization.
Included on the list is Tony Fabrizio, one of Florida’s best-known Republican pollsters and a key architect of Rick Scott’s surprise victory in the 2010 governor’s race. He was also Trump’s pollster in 2016, picked for the job on a recommendation by Scott.
Earlier this year, CNN reported that special investigator Robert Mueller interviewed Fabrizio in 2018 as part of his investigation into Russian election interference. Fabrizio previously worked with convicted Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on the 1996 presidential campaign of Bob Dole. The two also worked on Ukraine elections together, according to CNN.
Manafort allegedly shared polling data from the Trump campaign with Russia.
It’s not clear what the House committee is hoping to learn from Fabrizio. Unlike most other persons of interest, there is no link to the documents the committee’s chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has asked from Fabrizio.
A message left for Fabrizio at his Ft. Lauderdale firm was not immediately returned.
After the 2016 election, Trump reportedly stiffed Fabrizio for some time over more than $750,000 that Fabrizio’s firm charged the Trump campaign for polling. The dispute was later resolved.
Fabrizio, Lee and Associates was active in Florida politics after working for Trump. His firm earned $643,073 during the 2018 election cycle, mostly from Watchdog PAC, a political committee aligned with Richard Corcoran when the former House Speaker was considering a run for governor.
Gov. Ron DeSantis previously hired Fabrizio in 2015 when he briefly ran for U.S. Senate.
The 81 names distributed by the House Judiciary Committee is a who’s who of people known to be at the center of Mueller’s investigation, including Trump kids Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner, adviser Carter Page, Manafort, and Wikileaks editor Julian Assange.
They are individuals “believed to have information relevant to the investigation,” according to a committee press release.
The committee has also asked for documents from Michael Caputo, co-owner of the Miami Beach-based public relations company Zeppelin Communications. Caputo has testified before the House and Senate intelligence committees and to Mueller, first alleging he never had contact with any Russians during the campaign before backtracking and acknowledging a meeting, according to the Washington Post and Miami Herald.
Another Florida resident is also on the list: Roger Stone. That’s expected, however, as the embattled Stone has become a focal point of Mueller’s investigation.
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“We have seen the damage done to our democratic institutions in the two years that the Congress refused to conduct responsible oversight," Nadler said. “Congress must provide a check on abuses of power.”
Asked about Nadler’s request for documents, Trump said he “cooperates all the time with everybody,” according to a pool report, and then added: “No collusion.”
Times Senior News Researcher contributed to this report.