The House Oversight Committee is asking the Justice Department if its guidelines against indicting a sitting president resulted in the lack of charges for President Donald Trump in the Stormy Daniels "hush money" case.
On Friday, House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings sent a letter to a deputy U.S. attorney. It asked if the DOJ policy played a part in the decision not to indict President Trump for his role in directing attorney Michael Cohen to make "'hush money' payments." The payments were to women alleging affairs before Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
In the letter, Cummings wrote, "If prosecutors identified evidence of criminal conduct by Donald Trump while serving as President — and did not bring charges as they would have for any other individual — this would be the second time the President has not been held accountable for his actions due to his position."
Investigators announced on Thursday that an investigation into hush money payments made by Cohen before Trump's 2016 presidential campaign had been closed, even though newly released documents from the case revealed that President Trump had been heavily involved throughout the campaign finance scheme.
Cohen pleaded guilty for his role in concealing Trump's alleged relationship with Daniels by wiring $130,000 to the adult film actress. He says he was reimbursed by the president.
Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen had previously declined to comment on whether the Justice Department's policy factored into the decision to end the investigation.