Dems On The Hunt: House Democrats Looking To Force Vote On Independent Russia Probe
House Democrats are looking to try to force a vote on a bill that will create an independent group to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The bill is sponsored by Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.). It will launch an outside investigation, made up of a bipartisan group that consists of outside experts with a dedicated full-time staff.
Cummings put the pressure on House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), citing “deep concerns that the continued failure of House Republicans to take action will cause significant damage to the faith the American people have in the integrity of our committees in the House of Representatives.”
“Speaker Ryan has shown he has zero — zero — zero — appetite for any investigation of President Trump,” Cummings said. “Instead, he appears to have minimized any oversight whatsoever.”
A few things stand between Democrats and an the petition that was filed Wednesday. Democrats would need votes from the Republican party, but even with 218 signatures, the soonest the bill could come to the floor would be the end of July.
Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) said, “Paul Ryan, by the way, could do it tomorrow.”
Since Donald Trump decided to fire former FBI Director James Comey people started to grow more concern. In fact, polls show that 79% of people agree that an independent investigation is needed.
But with all the mountains Democrats need to climb to reach enough votes to sign the bill, there is a light of hope.
Many more Republicans are growing distressed with the president’s conduct, especially amongst members in vulnerable seats.
Reps. Barbara Comstock (Va.), Carlos Curbelo (Fla.), Darrell Issa (Calif.) and a handful of others had already expressed support for some form of new investigation.
“It is time we look at the idea of an independent commission or special prosecutor,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told CNN Wednesday morning.