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house Bill H. Res. 111

Does the House Need to Investigate Trump’s Potential Conflicts of Interest and Russian Connections?

Argument in favor

The House needs to investigate Trump’s potential ties to Russia and conflicts of interest, and this resolution could get the House access to the documents that they need.

John's Opinion
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02/28/2017
This is not a partisan issue. This is about the integrity of our electoral system and our democracy. This absolutely needs to be investigated to its fullest extent.
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MNmudder's Opinion
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02/14/2017
It is vital for our nation's security that we understand President Trumps financial ties to Russia. The republican members of congress are showing their total lack of ethics by ignoring this issue.
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ChethanLai's Opinion
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02/28/2017
Transparency is crucial at this time in our government, and a full investigation into the connections between Russia and the Trump administration is warranted. Furthermore, Congress is constitutionally obligated to act as a check on the Executive branch if necessary.
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Argument opposed

This just a petty attempt to launch an investigation of President Donald Trump and his associates that won’t go anywhere. It’s a waste of valuable congressional time and focus.

Loraki's Opinion
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02/20/2017
I agree with Countable member MJDalio, who said: "This is a DNC witch hunt going no where. Only serves to undermine our elected government and fan the flames of division and class warfare that has been prevailing over the past 16 years!"
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02/28/2017
No investigation via the House. The only issue they should be looking into is gutting Obamacare, lowering income tax, ending vindictive regulations, taking care of illegal immigration and reducing the $$$$20Trillion national debt. If the Democrats want to find something on Trump, they can stay home on vacation and investigate.
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DeanLA's Opinion
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02/19/2017
Liberals attacking President Trump. Plain and simple. Republicans need to enact President Trump's agenda and not be distracted by the Democrat's obstructionist agenda.
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedFebruary 9th, 2017

What is House Bill H. Res. 111?

This resolution of inquiry would request information from the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) related to any investigations the DOJ has conducted related to President Donald Trump, his foreign business interests, connections to Russia, and violations of ethics laws including the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. In addition to President Trump, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Roger Stone, and any employee of the Executive Office of the President would be subject to the probe.

A resolution of inquiry has privileged status in the House. The House Judiciary Committee would have 14 legislative days (congressional workdays) to address the inquiry by reporting it favorably to the House floor, reject it, or revise it. If it chooses not to act within that time period, its sponsor could discharge it (meaning it gets pulled out of committee) so that the House as a whole can then vote on it.

Impact

President Donald Trump and his associates; the House Judiciary Committee; the DOJ; and the House.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 111

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced this resolution to force the Trump administration to turn over documents related to possible conflicts of interest and ties to Russia:

“Donald Trump has refused to step away from his business interests in any meaningful way, his foreign entanglements are likely unconstitutional, he has repeatedly refused to disclose his financial assets, and he is clouded by the specter of Russian intervention in the election and his Administration… We must know what the Department has learned about the Administration’s connections to the Russian government.  We must review the Department’s legal analysis—if there is any—of the President’s feeble attempt to remedy his wide-ranging ethics problems.  We must conduct oversight of the least transparent Administration in modern history.  This resolution represents a start.”

This legislation has the support of 53 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Democrats.


Of Note: By rejecting a resolution of inquiry, the committee considering it isn’t necessarily saying that the subject of the inquiry is without merit or that the administration didn’t provide the requested information. It could mean that the committee received what it asked for and that what it got is enough to bring the administration in compliance with the request, meaning that further action was unnecessary.

Only the House has the ability to file a resolution of inquiry, as there’s no counterpart in the Senate’s parliamentary rules. Resolutions of inquiry are given privileged status in the House, meaning that the House’s ordinary business can be interrupted so that they can be considered, although the House can still choose to give precedence to other matters through a majority vote.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr / Creative Commons)

Official Title

Of inquiry directing the Attorney General to transmit certain documents to the House of Representatives relating to the financial practices of the President.

    This is not a partisan issue. This is about the integrity of our electoral system and our democracy. This absolutely needs to be investigated to its fullest extent.
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    I agree with Countable member MJDalio, who said: "This is a DNC witch hunt going no where. Only serves to undermine our elected government and fan the flames of division and class warfare that has been prevailing over the past 16 years!"
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    It is vital for our nation's security that we understand President Trumps financial ties to Russia. The republican members of congress are showing their total lack of ethics by ignoring this issue.
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    Transparency is crucial at this time in our government, and a full investigation into the connections between Russia and the Trump administration is warranted. Furthermore, Congress is constitutionally obligated to act as a check on the Executive branch if necessary.
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    Dear Attorney General Jeff Sessions, In addition to being a goddamned liar, you embarrass the great State of Alabama for these reasons and more: - "Defended President-Elect Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigrants from entering the United States. - Referred to the Voting Rights Act, a law that simply demands that every American’s right to vote is protected, as a piece of “intrusive legislation.” - Supports a federal prohibition on marijuana use. - Once prosecuted civil rights activists for registering black voters. - Allegedly labeled the ACLU and NAACP “un-American” groups who “forced civil rights down the throats of people.” - Argued that stop-and-frisk programs are Constitutional, saying “it’s all about how that is done.” - Author of the “Immigration Handbook for the New Republican Majority,” which blames immigration for the loss of high-paying jobs and high “welfare dependency” in the United States. Also called for a slowdown of legal immigration. - Once said of Dominican immigrants: “Fundamentally, almost no one coming from the Dominican Republic to the United States is coming here because they have a provable skill that would benefit us and that would indicate their likely success in our society.” - Criticized the Obama Administration’s decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which was a critical step in ensuring marriage equality for all Americans. *Votes* - Voted to defund Planned Parenthood, called for the Justice Department to investigate PPFA, has a 100% voting record from the National Right to Life Committee. - Was one of only 21 senators to oppose the McCain-Feinstein amendment on torture, which explicitly bans the CIA from using torture. - Leading opponent of bipartisan efforts in 2007 and 2013 to pass immigration reform bills. - Voted against the Violence Against Women Act." Mr. Sessions, are you familiar with the term "perjury"? How about "obstruction of justice"? I'm sure you know the name of a good attorney, maybe they can spell it out for you.
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    We owe it to the American people to determine this once and for all. We also owe it to Mr. Trump, if these are baseless allegations, to clear his name. And, of course, you personally owe it to your oath of office and the Constitutionto investigate. I'm sure you will do the right thing, do your job, and support the measure.
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    This is a no-brainer. There are too many questionable pieces to this. Since Benghazi ate up 33 hearings and over $7 million dollars and found nothing, the multiple issues surrounding this administration needs an impartial investigation.
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    Given unprecedented suspicion of foreign intervention in our democratic process, I see no reason why this bill should not be supported by everyone on both sides of the aisle. No one can claim to be America-first while looking the other way when interference in our democratic process works in their favor.
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    If Trump has nothing to hide, why worry? Americans deserve to know the truth. There is too much evidence pointing toward the fact that Trump has Russian ties. Republicans loved investigating Clinton over lesser allegations. It's wrong that they are now trying to cover for Trump and it makes them all untrustworthy.
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    As a teacher, I've been leading lessons about branches of government and checks and balances. Should the House choose not to move forward with an independent investigation, it would be a failure in our system of checks and balances. Imagine if the outcome of the election were different, and Hillary Clinton was reported to have had contact with a foreign government that had influenced a US presidential election. Would you vote to investigate? You'd have to, or your constituents would claim that you didn't care about the truth. Vote to move forward with an independent investigation. The American people deserve the truth.
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    The House needs to investigate the relationship that Trump and his people have had with Russia and the influence that Russia has had over our election. I am extremely concerned with issues of national security. Also, I'm extremely concerned about conflicts of interest...that Trump is using his position of power in our government to influence his earning power as he cultivates business relationships around the world.
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    We as Americans deserve a full investigation of any ties between Russian & Trump administration.
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    This president's unusually wide-ranging business ties continue to cast a huge shadow over the beginning of his presidency. The American people can only benefit from any action which will create more transparency about his potential conflicts of interest, This is particularly important since he has refused to do the American people the courtesy of releasing his tax returns - unprecedented for a modern president! Other members of his staff should be subject to the same scrutiny and transparency. With great power comes great responsibility. It is called "public service" for a reason!
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    This is just the first step, though. An independent investigation needs to happen, something like the 9/11 commission.
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    We need to know if the president has any conflicts of interest that could compromise our country's security.
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    No investigation via the House. The only issue they should be looking into is gutting Obamacare, lowering income tax, ending vindictive regulations, taking care of illegal immigration and reducing the $$$$20Trillion national debt. If the Democrats want to find something on Trump, they can stay home on vacation and investigate.
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    Liberals attacking President Trump. Plain and simple. Republicans need to enact President Trump's agenda and not be distracted by the Democrat's obstructionist agenda.
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    These are potential (if not certain) violations of Enoluments Clause and the Logan Act, and could constitute a compromised and corrupt Executive on a level that threatens the Republic.
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    You took an oath to protect, preserve and defend the Constitution of the United States. Act like it.
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    Such a large possibility of corruption needs to be investigated regardless of party.
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