The American people want to know what president Donald Trump knew –and when– about Micheal Flynn’s calls to Russian operatives and Trump’s conflicts of interest with other foreign governments. Sorry Americans, Republicans just voted to keep that information secret.
After receiving a wealth of evidence from U.S. Intelligence agencies, House Republicans on Tuesday voted to block a resolution that would have asked the Department of Justice to make public what it has uncovered about President Donald Trump’s contacts with Russia and his and his campaign’s ties to hacking by Russian intelligence services against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Eighteen Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee opposed a resolution offered by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), The Huffington Post reported. The measure would have required Attorney General Jeff Sessions to hand over information related to investigations into the president, his campaign aides, the White House and Trump’s businesses.
The vote came about after Nadler and other Judiciary Committee Democrats made several unsuccessful appeals to Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) requesting he hold hearings on Trump’s Russian ties with Russia and other foreign conflicts. Goodlatte opposed the resolution, calling it “premature.”
Against all precedent in the modern era, Trump has retained ownership of his multi-billion dollar business empire. He is enriched by every payment to his hotels, resorts, golf courses and other enterprises. Foreign governments have paid his hotels to host parties and rent rooms, and to lease space in his commercial properties.
Additionally, Trump has promised to hand over hotel profits related to foreign entities, but hasn’t provided details. The president also refuses to release his tax returns, leaving the public in the dark about his financial investments, his investors and his debts.
After the elections, the CIA revealed that Trump campaign aides were in contact with Russian intelligence officials during the presidential race. Seventeen intelligence agencies reported that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign manager John Podesta to influence the vote for Trump.
Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was forced to resign after it was revealed that he lied about his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the transition.
The resolution would have provided Congress with information to chart its own investigations, Nadler said before the defeat. “All this does is ask that the information in possession of the Justice Department be turned over to the House so that we can both preserve it, and decide what course of action to pursue,” Nadler said.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) urged Republicans to support Democrats “in dispensing of the odorous smell that is not allowing us to run this government on behalf of the American people.”
But fervent Trump supporter Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) declared all of the accusations about Russian hacking and potential foreign influence in the Trump administration to be “rumors” and “innuendo.” He dismissed intelligence reports of hacking carried out by Russia because they came from “the Obama intelligence community.”
Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, compared Republican rejection of the resolution to 1974, when 10 Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee voted against all three articles of impeachment against then-President Richard Nixon.
“Looking back, it seems obvious to us that these members misjudged the moment,” Conyers said. “For political and personal reasons, they refused to engage with mounting evidence that the president had violated both the law and his oath of office.”
“I think about those 10 names from the summer of 1974, and I wonder how history will judge us today,” he added, according to HuffPost.