Democratic lawmakers want to find out the truth about Donald Trump’s connections to Russia, and how his policies are being distorted by business interests.
Democrats have blasted Trump for failing to make a clean break from his real estate empire, accusing him of being vulnerable to conflicts of interest. They also are suspicious of his campaign’s relationship with Russia. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that top Russian officials orchestrated interference into the 2016 presidential election on Trump’s behalf.
Republicans want to keep any investigation from getting even a moment’s notice in public—both because protecting Trump is now their number one priority and so they can free up more time for investigating Sid the Science Kid. On the other hand, individual House members are a tad reluctant to put their name next to a “Trump gets out of all laws free” resolution. So they’re doing it in committee.
Seeking to avoid a full House vote on the so-called “resolution of inquiry” — a roll call that would be particularly embarrassing and divisive for the right — Republicans will send proposal by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) to the House Judiciary Committee for a panel vote on Tuesday, two Democratic sources said. The GOP-controlled committee is expected to kill the resolution.
To make sure that even the committee vote gets lost in the shuffle, Republicans are scheduling it to sneak in just before Trump’s first address to Congress.
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