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House Democrats dare Republicans to vote against independent Russian Federation investigation

House Democrats dare Republicans to vote against independent Russian Federation investigation

House Democrats have launched a petition to establish an independent commission to investigate the Trump campaign's alleged Russian Federation ties.

Every House Democrat has signed on as a co-sponsor of the bill, yet to date, only two Republicans have joined them. The last successful petition came in 2015 to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, a chief priority of big business.

Although Chairman Chaffetz recently sent a letter to the Department of Justice Inspector General, we believe that response is anemic-especially for the Oversight Committee, which claims to be the premiere investigative body in the House of Representatives-and particularly in comparison to the multiple "emergency" hearings he called and the unilateral subpoenas he issued as part of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In a letter to the Democratic caucus, she announced that she will be filing a "discharge petition" Wednesday to force a vote on the Swalwell-Cummings bill - also known as the "Protecting Our Democracy Act" or House Resolution 356. "It is obvious there are some people out there that want to harm the president, but we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House", he said after the meeting. "I just hope that their concern moves from tweets and statements to putting their pen to paper and signing this discharge petition, because that's ultimately what this is going to take".

"It's a position of conscience for me", Rep.

Ushakov said "any contacts" with the USA president are "important" but he would not reply to the question whether the classified information that Trump reportedly shared with Lavrov and Kislyak was valuable for Russian Federation.




"Given all of the circumstances I've relayed just in this one case, I think the argument for independent counsel is quite profound", Schiff said. "I mean it to be a sign of respect toward my Republican colleagues".

The nine-page document details the White House's firing of ex-FBI Director James Comey and raises five different statutes potentially violated by the president, attorney general, and other top administration officials.

Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson said he isin favor of creating an independent commission to investigate this, and always has been. "I'm not there", he said. "If there are things that he can do to uplift the lives with my constituents then I will work with him".

"That's not something you do", he said. "We need facts, not speculation, let's get some facts!"

The letter was issued a week after James Comey was sacked from his position as Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director and amid U.S. media reports saying that Trump allegedly gave him orders to stop particular investigations, stressed that it was "unacceptable to continue ignoring these scandals".

In light of these alleged transgressions-and led by ranking members Elijah Cummings and John Conyers Jr.


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