Caputo Called To Testify Before Senate Intel & Judiciary Committees

WNY Political Consultant Spoke To House In July

Dave Debo
February 05, 2018 - 5:48 am
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 (WBEN) Months after he appeared before the House Intelligence Committee investigating possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia, now East Aurora-based political consultant Michael Caputo has been asked to speak before the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees and is likely to do so by the end of the month. 

Caputo- an occasional WBEN talk show host and contributor -- is a former campaign communications consultant who had done work in Russia during the 1990s. The private testimony is part of the panels' investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to President Donald Trump's campaign.

"After the first of the year we were suddenly contacted by the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees, inviting me to accommodate about three interviews," Caputo said during an appearance on WBEN's Hardline with Dave Debo Sunday. (Sunday 10a-12noon). " They're asking me the same questions the house did. These guys never share information between each other and they have no problem asking someone in to repeat what ever they have said to other committees.  

Hear More from Caputo on his testimony here, and listen to the entire Hardline program where he also discusses the Nunes Memo, at the bottom of this page.

In July, he testified before the House Intelligence Committee, and was asked whether he was in communication with Russian officials during the campaign or if there was any discussion with Russia during the campaign. He says the answers to those questions are no. 

"They are interested in any communications I had with campaign officials about Russia, or any communications with Russia about the campaign, and so on.  And of course I had none of that.  But you still need to present hundreds and hundreds of pages of documents because as someone who worked on the campaign in New York, in Washington and at Trump tower, there were a lot of e-mails about topics of the day. but none about Russia." 

His request to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee comes from ranking minority member Dianne Feinstein of California, and he says he is uncertain whether that has bearing on whether the entire committee will hear him.

"If they are interviewing me, at this stage of the Senate Investigations in the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, then they really are just fishing, because I am so peripheral to the issues as a witness. It appears as if they are still trying to find the path they want to take.,' he said. 

Caputo worked for the Trump  campaign for six months ending in June 2016, and first sprang to prominence in Western New York as Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino's campaign manager in 2010.  He lived in Russia in the 1990s and briefly advised Gazprom Media, the media division of the Russian energy conglomerate with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

In mid- March 2017, Caputo's name was raised by Cong. Jackie Speier of California during a hearing of the House committee, when she asked then-FBI Director James Comey and Admiral Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency,  about him, and his first wife, a Russian he is now divorced from.   Since then he has developed a PR practice in East Aurora, Washington and Miami, with a stable of corporate and both political and non-political clients. 

From Hardline, Hear more with Caputo and WBEN's Dave Debo

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