Pelosi Plans To Force House Russia Votes

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 14, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi accuses Republicans of being "enablers of the Trump-Russia assault on our democracy", at a news conference on Thursday, July 13, 2017. "Plain and simple", Pelosi said.

Nonetheless, Pelosi seems convinced that Trump's inner circle crossed a legal line in meeting with a Russian government lawyer they believed would provide opposition research on Hillary Clinton - a meeting Pelosi said is "cold, hard evidence" that the Trump campaign "eagerly meant to collude with Russia", and pulls matters into "new territory".

"We need an outside independent commission to investigate this", she said. "That is the attitude that he and his family have brought to the White House: an arrogance about being above the law, that they are not accountable".

The Democrats plan to offer "resolutions of inquiry", which would automatically trigger floor votes unless they are acted upon in committees. "His security clearance must be revoked immediately", she said.

The resolution, introduced by Waters and Representatives Daniel Kildee (R-MI), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Al Green (D-TX) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), asks Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to provide records from his department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network that detail Trump's ties to Russian Federation as well as those of his family members and associates.

Waters, ranking member on the Financial Services Committee, and fellow committee Democrats will request through resolution of inquiry from the Treasury Department information on credit extended by Russian banks and Russian government officials to Trump and those in his orbit and information on the Russian mirror trading scandal.

House Democrats are also seeking records pertaining to any conversation the president or his surrogates had about modifying or revoking existing sanctions against Russian Federation, as well as records about the reasons for the president's use of Homeland Security resources to provide protection at the taxpayers' expense. But the votes could put some Republicans in a tight spot - especially when it comes to voting on procuring the president's tax returns.

"It's not enough for Republican congressmen to go to town meetings and say 'yes, the president should give us his tax returns, ' " Pascrell said.

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