Rep. Lieu Calls for Shutdown of Trump Agenda Pending Russia Investigation
WASHINGTON, March 23, 2017—A top Democrat in the House of Representatives is calling for a shutdown of any Trump agenda item in Congress, pending the conclusion of an independent investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during and after the 2016 election.
“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,” said California Representative Ted Lieu in a press release Thursday. “We may have an illegitimate President of the United States currently occupying the White House.”
Congressman Lieu’s statement came after reports surfaced Wednesday that unnamed U.S. officials state that there is evidence that Trump associates may have coordinated the release of hacked Clinton emails with Russian operatives. FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday that individuals associated with the Trump campaign are under FBI investigation for possible collusion with Russian operatives in an attempt to influence the 2016 presidential elections.
In response to Director Comey’s statement and to Wednesday’s report of coordination, Democrats in the House and Senate are calling for a halt in Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation and the creation of an independent investigation into Trump’s Russia ties.
In addition to this, Rep. Lieu is calling for “a total and complete shutdown of any agenda item being pushed by the Trump Administration,” borrowing Trump’s language in 2015 regarding Muslims entering the U.S.
Calls for an independent investigation into Trump’s Russia ties grew louder Wednesday after House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes gave two press conferences and briefed Trump and Paul Ryan about incidental intelligence collection of Trump’s personal information before briefing Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the Committee or the other Democratic members of his committee.
“The chairman will need to decide whether he is the chairman of an independent investigation into conduct which includes allegations of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” Schiff said in a press conference Wednesday evening. “Or he is going to act as a surrogate of the White House because he cannot do both.”
Devin Nunes apologized to Democratic members Thursday, according to reports.
“Congress must immediately form an independent commission and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the collusion allegations with impartiality and independence,” said Rep. Lieu. “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.”
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