The Democrats today used a rare parliamentary procedure to force a committee to be composed to look in to the President’s ties with Russia and his business dealings. One of Jeff Session’s first acts as attorney general will be to look into his own boss.
Democratic New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler filed a “Resolution of Inquiry” that is used to force members of the executive branch of the government to share records with Congress. The Washington Post reports that, “Under House practice, such a resolution must be debated and acted upon in committee or else it can be discharged to the House floor for consideration.”
The Justice Department, under Jeff Sessions, must provide records, memos, correspondence and any other documentation that pertains to any criminal or counterintelligence investigation surrounding Trump and his Administration. The information would also include Trump’s business empire, including investments that may pose a conflict of interest under the Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution.
The Democrats have sent two letters before this move, one to Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va), and the other to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis), seeking an investigation into Trump’s financial matters.
“All of this demands investigation, and of course they’ve refused,” the Washington Post quoted Nadler as saying.” The resolution will force the Republicans to act, whether they want or not. It will also put more pressure on the White House to immediately dissolve any conflicts of interests, if there is time to do so.