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Former News 12 political analyst may be tapped to fight Trump impeachment probePosted: Updated:
A former News 12 political analyst and Westchester resident may join President Trump’s fight against the impeachment probe.
For only the fourth time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives has started a presidential impeachment inquiry. House committees are trying to determine if President Trump violated his oath of office by asking a foreign country to investigate a political opponent.
Reuters is reporting that Tony Sayegh, of Eastchester, is being considered to help lead a new team dedicated to attacking the inquiry. He had previously completed more than two years as assistant secretary of public affairs with the Treasury Department.
Sayegh was a candidate to become the White House communications director after Hope Hicks left the administration last year.
News 12’s calls to Sayegh for comment have not been returned.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, says it's important to cut through the noise the inquiry has generated.
"The president's problem is the substance. The president's problem is what he did…and whether he abused his power. The facts and evidence should be our focus, not how we spin, or how some slick consultant can pitch it," says the congressman.
Jason Meister, a Trump 2020 Advisory Board member, told News 12 by phone that the inquiry is a political move by Democrats. He also says the White House’s messaging has been clear.
"I don't know Tony personally, but I think that the administration has put a lot of good people in communications to deal with the impeachment proceedings by the Democrats," he says.
The report states that the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner is the person pushing to bring Sayegh on board.
AP Wire services were used in this report.