Congressman Ted Lieu Calls for Shutdown of Trump Agenda Pending FBI Investigation
Thank you, Congressman Lieu for getting this one right:
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 23, 2017
“The bombshell revelation that U.S. officials have information that suggests Trump associates may have colluded with the Russians means we must pause the entire Trump agenda. We may have an illegitimate President of the United States currently occupying the White House.”
“Other than allowing routine governmental functions, there must be a total and complete shutdown of any agenda item being pushed by the Trump Administration. Congress cannot continue regular order and must stop voting on any Trump-backed agenda item until the FBI completes its Trump-Russia collusion investigation.”
“Congress must immediately form an independent commission and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the collusion allegations with impartiality and independence. Congress also needs to pass the Resolution of Inquiry, authored by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and I, to compel the Trump Administration to publicly disclose information on its Russian ties to the American people. At this point in our nation’s history, there is nothing more important than finding out whether or not high crimes were committed by associates of Donald Trump or possibly by Trump himself.”
Absolutely. How does Trump get to push his agenda forward when we don’t even know if he’s legitimate or not? We have a legitimacy crisis in this country and we have to clear it up before any POTUS agenda item goes forward.
Yesterday, I was fairly disgusted by a Politico piece where supposedly there are all these Democrats who want to barter with the GOP: We give you Neil Gorsuch without a filibuster despite what you did to Merrick Garland and despite Trump’s illegitimacy crisis and you promise to let us use the filibuster next time.
“I literally can’t think of a more unstrategic move for a Democratic senator,” said Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Neither can I. There is no value in a filibuster you can never use. I’m heartened to hear Chuck Schumer now state clearly that the Dems will demand 60 votes on Gorsuch:
“Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday said he would support a filibuster of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, narrowing Judge Neil Gorsuch’s path to confirmation without a bitter and potentially historic partisan standoff.”
“Schumer’s announcement came soon after Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), a potential swing vote who faces a tough reelection next year, also came out against Gorsuch — and a second swing vote, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), later followed Casey. Several other Democratic senators have yet to announce their votes, but Schumer’s early move signals that Trump’s nominee may face a rougher-than-expected path to topping the 60-vote margin needed to break a filibuster.”
“If Gorsuch cannot win 60 votes after a confirmation hearing marked by sharp questions from Democrats but few slip-ups by the nominee, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would face pressure to change Senate rules to bar filibusters of Supreme Court nominees. Trump himself already has urged McConnell — who blasted former Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for ending filibusters of most presidential nominees in 2013 — to invoke the so-called nuclear option to confirm Gorsuch.”
“Schumer urged the GOP to avoid a rules change if enough Democrats block Gorsuch. The judge would need to win over eight Democrats to avoid a filibuster.”
“To my Republican friends who think that if Judge Gorsuch fails to reach 60 votes, we ought to change the rules, I say if this nominee cannot earn 60 votes — a bar met by each of President Obama’s nominees and George Bush’s last two nominees — the answer isn’t to change the rules,” Schumer said on the floor. “It’s to change the nominee.”
“The George W. Bush administration’s second high court nominee, Justice Samuel Alito, was confirmed with 58 votes after 72 senators voted to end debate, shutting off the possibility of the filibuster. One of the dozen Democrats who opposed a filibuster of Alito but also voted against him was Carper, who on Thursday had no interest in giving Gorsuch the same treatment.”
“Carper told reporters that “I don’t think we should move forward on the Gorsuch nomination” until resolving the fate of Judge Merrick Garland, former President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee whom McConnell blocked from getting a hearing last year. Asked if that meant he would support a filibuster of Gorsuch, Carper replied: “I think it probably does.”
It’s just a no-brainer. Mitch McConnell can act as innocent and indignant as he likes. Sean Spicer laughably spoke of ‘nasty partisanship’ the other day. You guys built that.
I know it would be convenient for you to keep breaking norm after norm and the Dems to go on observing norm after norm.
But post Merrick Garland, but especially in ‘Lieu’-pun intended of the counter intelligence investigation into collusion with Russia, these are anything but normal times. Until we get answers no more regular order or POTUS agenda items.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
There is nothing more important in getting answers to Trump-Russia collusion than a Democratic House in 2019. Please donate to help me in my part of the effort to fight for a Dem House.
Thank you. We must have a Dem House. And so, we will.