Cohen's testimony puts two more Trump lawyers under scrutiny: 'Second-tier players know a lot'
Michael Cohen

Two more attorneys for President Donald Trump could be hauled before Congress to answer questions about hush-money payoffs to porn actress Stormy Daniels.


House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) wants to discuss those payments with attorneys Sheri Dillon and Stefan Passantino, who are responsible for Trump's ethics and financial disclosures, reported NBC News.

Both attorneys have ignored a March 6 deadline set by Cummings to agree to provide transcribed interviews to the committee, and the White House has declined to make Passantino available for an interview, according to committee aides.

Passantino and Dillon were targeted by Cummings for questioning after longtime Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen testified before his committee.

The committee's requests say the two attorneys “appeared to provide false information” to federal officials about the Daniels payoffs.

The pair filed financial disclosure forms with the Office of Government Ethics that show "evolving stories" about the payments and Trump's failure to disclose them.

Passantino served as White House deputy counsel in charge of ethics policy and signed Trump's disclosure form, and now works for the Trump Organization fielding questions from the Democratic-led House.

Dillon serves as a personal attorney for the president.

Republican lawmakers Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Mark Meadows (R-NC) called the accusations "extremely unfair," and said they were based on "cherry-picked passages of incomplete, one-sided handwritten notes prepared by OGE staff."

But Democrats say the two relatively obscure lawyers may be able to provide key evidence against the president.

“It’s often the second-tier players who know a lot and reveal a lot,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), saying that White House aide Alexander Butterfield had revealed President Richard Nixon’s taping system.

Connolly said Democrats were investigating whether Trump committed a campaign finance law violation as part of a "conspiracy" to affect the 2016 election.

“These folks may not be household names but they could prove critical witnesses in providing corroborating testimony and further details," he said.

Cummings also plans to request testimony from the Trump family's accountant Allen Weisselberg, who is also the Trump Organization's chief financial officer.