Not surprisingly, some Democratic members of Congress now want to know if the Trump campaign's dealings -- or dealing, anyway -- with the Russian lawyer had any connection with the Justice Department
's decision to settle the lawsuit on terms so seemingly favorable to a client of the woman who came to Trump Tower billed as "a Russian government lawyer" peddling dirt on Clinton. The 17 Democrats sent a letter to Trump's attorney general Sessions, stating: "We write with some concern that the two events may be connected -- and that the Department may have settled the case at a loss for the United States in order to obscure the underlying facts." They want to know if Veselnitskaya had any role in the settlement talks, whether Sessions -- who'd been a campaign adviser to Trump -- knew of the earlier contact, whether any Trump administration officials had contacted the Justice Department
about the case. and they also asked for documents explaining the abrupt decision to settle.