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Trump Organization Asks House Committee to Halt Investigation

  • President’s business says panel’s hiring of lawyer is conflict
  • Attorney hired by Judiciary panel is expert on corruption law
Trump Tower in New York. 

Trump Tower in New York. 

Photographer: Allison Joyce/Bloomberg

President Donald Trump’s family business told the House Judiciary Committee it should stop investigating the Trump Organization, claiming a conflict of interest after the committee hired a lawyer whose firm has represented the company.

Alan Futerfas, an outside lawyer for the Trump Organization, made the demand in a letter Monday to House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler. Futerfas said the committee’s hiring of Barry Berke, of the Manhattan law firm Kramer Levin, tainted the investigation because Berke’s firm has represented the company "with respect to virtually every aspect of its business" for more than 25 years.