We Need a Democratic Congress Because the House GOP has Abdicated on Russia
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Glad to see I was able to find a picture of Peter King-who I am challenging in the NY2 District-palling around with Devin Nunes and Mike Conway.
It can’t be said enough: we need a Democratic Congress. The GOP won’t do the job. They will NOT provide adequante oversight on Russia much less any of Trump’s other multitude of scandals and potentially impeachable offenses like the daily, hourly violations of him and his family of the Emoluments Clause, that he has fired US attorneys for political reasons or the latest: that he has floated the idea of a worldwide private spy network to spy on the CIA.
“The Senate Judiciary and House Intelligence Committees, two of the three major congressional panels investigating Russia’s election interference, appear to have resigned themselves to the reality that their probes will be conducted according to the partisan interests of their members.”
“Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has recently begun sending out a flurry of letters to witnesses requesting new documents and interviews related to potential collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russia.”
“The committee’s Republican chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, has not signed off on the letters, all of which have been made public by the panel’s Democrats. Nor did Feinstein sign off on 13 letters Grassley sent in October seeking more information about FBI agent Peter Strzok and an informant in the Uranium One probe, among others.”
One narrative you sometimes hear form elected Dems is that you don’t want to discuss Russia too much as that makes it a partisan issue. But as you can see by the conduct of the GOP especially in the House Intelligence and Senate Judiciary committees, it already is a partisan investigation. That’s how the GOP sees it.
Feinstein finally seems to be acknowledging this-a little bit.
“Following a recent flurry of letters to witnesses ranging from Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner to Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina, Feinstein said on Monday that she thinks there’s a “subtle” effort on Grassley’s part “not to go deeply.”
“I hadn’t realized it before,” she told CNN. “But I realize it now. And we’re going to have to find a way to deal with it.”
“Committee Republicans, meanwhile, have signaled a desire to leave the more aggressive investigative work to special counsel Robert Mueller. Following Mueller’s indictments of Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates, Sen. John Cornyn said the “special counsel’s got his own responsibilities and it doesn’t involve us.”
“The Judiciary Committee conducts government oversight, not criminal investigations,” a committee spokesperson said on Tuesday.
This is totally wrongheaded. It’s true that the JC doesn’t do criminal investigations but this is why it’s not enough to just let Mueller handle Russia. His purview is the criminal investigation but the question of Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia ultimately comes down to a political investigation as it’s a political question.
This political investigation is the proper purview of Congress. Grassley and friends are abdicating their role.
In fact they have decided that more important than Russia collusion is the question: was the FBI biased in favor of Hillary Clinton. I so wish we were kidding.
Then there’s the House Intelligence Committee supposedly now run by Mike Conway and not Devin Nunes. Conway thinks it’s all gone on too long. He’s telegraphing not only that he wants the investigation to conclude in February, 2018 but that he’s rushed to judgement and is going to claim there is no evidence Trump colluded.
Exactly: we need a Democratic Congress.
P.S. I’m Mike Sax, I’m running for Congress in the NY 2nd District and I’m a Hillary Clinton Democrat.
Meeting her recently was one of the biggest honors in my life to stand next to such a fine public servant and trailblazer. She seemed to like our Impeachment Train campaign t shirts too!
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