Representatives Ted Lieu and Kathleen Rice on Monday sent a joint letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray urging him to begin an investigation into a possible pay-for-play plan with the Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump's nominees for ambassador to the Bahamas. The letter comes after CBS News.
Following San Diego billionaire Doug Manchester's nomination, he has remained in the Senate for nearly two and a half years when RNC President Ronna McDaniel wrote to him whether he would put together $ 500,000 in grants from his family, according to emails from CBS News. Manchester wrote back, "As you know, I will do nothing," but informed McDaniel that his wife would send a $ 100,000 grant, saying that once confirmed, "our family will respond!"
"McDaniel & # 39; s collection request by a nominee president pending confirmation and Mr. Manchester's apparent agreement on his ambassadorship confirmed gigs to the Americans' worst fear that this administration is selling public office to the highest bidder," the Democratic representatives wrote in the letter.
In his response to McDaniel, Manchester, employees of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and Kentucky Senator Jim Risch copied – which the representatives said would be a violation of the law.
"Mr. Manchester's email specifically copied two Senate Republicans who are members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and receive political support from the RNC," the representatives wrote. "As you know, bribery of a public official is prohibited under 18 USC 201 and conspiracy to commit a crime against the United States is prohibited under 18 USC 371. We urge the FBI to investigate these allegations and assure the American people that the public office is not in existence. sale. "
Senator Risch informed the White House about the email and the White House then asked Manchester to withdraw. Manchester finally withdrew from consideration in October, citing personal reasons.
Earlier on Monday, Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bob Menendez also responded to the possible system. Warren told CBS News, "Donald Trump should be told under no uncertain terms: Stop selling government services."
Menendez noted, "This is the most obvious process I have ever seen."