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house Bill H. Res. 243

Should the House Get Andrew McCabe’s Records Related to Investigating President Trump for Obstruction & Invoking the 25th Amendment?

Argument in favor

The House should get more transparency into former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s discussions about using the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump and launching obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigations into the president. This bipartisan bill would ensure the House gets relevant records.

Hank's Opinion
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03/27/2019
I see no issues of national security here. Whether the record provides damning evidence against Donald Trump or proof of McCabe acting inappropriately, the public should know. Both of them are/were public employees and their behavior should be open to scrutiny.
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Kelley's Opinion
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03/27/2019
I truly believe that people in this country want to know the truth. Let’s try to get it by all means possible. We will never heal without full transparency and truth.
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Judith's Opinion
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03/27/2019
100 percent transparency! We the people ARE the Government. That some oppose the opening of the files is an indication that they fear the truth... let the files do the speaking. Thank you.
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Argument opposed

While Andrew McCabe’s decision-making during his tenure as acting FBI director deserves more scrutiny, there’s no need for the House to request these records from the Dept. of Justice. The public doesn’t need to know more about his discussions regarding the invocation of the 25th Amendment or launching investigations into President Trump.

Eugene's Opinion
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03/27/2019
That guy stated quit clearly he was and is a Trump hater and anything in that report would be untruthful and not worth the paper it’s written on.
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Catman81's Opinion
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03/28/2019
This is all crazy and redundant! If Mueller had done his job I'm sure those records had been reviewed. It appears Mueller did a very extensive investigation and found that there was no collusion or obstruction of justice. The Democrats need to quit wasting time and money trying to find something that isn't there. And they should open an investigation into Hillary's emails and her selling uranium to Russia. Also investigate Obama on why he sent millions of dollars in cash overseas instead of moving the money through the banking system as is usually done with extremely large sums of money!
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Betsy's Opinion
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04/09/2019
JUST GET RID OF THE WORST PRESIDENT THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER SEEN. CORRUPTION AT ITS BEST!
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      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedMarch 18th, 2019

What is House Bill H. Res. 243?

This resolution of inquiry would request that the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) provide the House of Representatives with any document, record, audio recording, memo, correspondence, or other communication related to certain actions taken by former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe within 14 days. It’d apply to any records of meetings between McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, including but not limited to conversations about wearing a wire to record the president and any reference concerning the invocation of the 25th Amendment. Additionally, records of meetings between or among McCabe and others at the FBI related to commencing or continuing an obstruction of justice or counterintelligence investigation of the president. The DOJ and FBI have resisted previous requests to turn over McCabe’s records.

As a resolution of inquiry, this bill wouldn’t advance beyond the House and would only serve as a formal request of the executive branch to turn over relevant records.

Impact

The House of Representatives and the DOJ.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 243

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-GA) introduced this resolution of inquiry to force the DOJ to turn over records related to former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s discussions about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump and launching obstruction of justice and counterintelligence probes into his actions. He believes those records would help in terms of “showing the thinking and actions of the individuals who fueled investigations of President Trump for collusion and obstruction.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) concurred in his opening statement at a hearing to markup this resolution of inquiry:

“In essence, this Resolution seeks records relating to concerns expressed at the very highest levels of the Department of Justice and the FBI about President Trump’s allegedly illegal conduct, and his fitness for office. It also seeks records about the extraordinary measures that these leaders may have contemplated in view of these concerns. I certainly do not oppose efforts to learn more about whether, in fact, such discussions occurred and, if so, what prompted such alarm among Mr. Rosenstein and Mr. McCabe, as well as other FBI officials, that they would consider these unprecedented actions. Therefore, I will not oppose this Resolution.”

During his time as acting FBI director, Andrew McCabe alleges that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed bringing the cabinet together to remove President Donald Trump from office by invoking the 25th Amendment. Rosenstein maintains he was joking, but McCabe insisted it was a serious discussion. McCabe also ordered an investigation into possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump. McCabe was later fired on the recommendation of the Office of Professional Responsibility three days before he would’ve become eligible for retirement with full benefits, and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz referred him for criminal prosecution for lying to federal investigators.

The House Judiciary Committee approved this resolution on a bipartisan 22-0 vote.


Of Note: 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.

Once a resolution of inquiry is introduced, the committee must respond to it within 14 legislative days, or Congressional workdays. The committee can either report the resolution favorably, reject it, or revise it. If the committee chooses not to act within that time period,  the resolution’s sponsor could request that the resolution be discharged (meaning it gets pulled out of committee) so that the House as a whole can then vote on it.

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.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: USAttorneys via Flickr / Creative Commons)

AKA

Of inquiry requesting the President and directing the Attorney General to transmit, respectively, certain documents to the House of Representatives relating to the actions of former Federal Bureau of Investigation Acting Director Andrew McCabe.

Official Title

Of inquiry requesting the President and directing the Attorney General to transmit, respectively, certain documents to the House of Representatives relating to the actions of former Federal Bureau of Investigation Acting Director Andrew McCabe.

    I see no issues of national security here. Whether the record provides damning evidence against Donald Trump or proof of McCabe acting inappropriately, the public should know. Both of them are/were public employees and their behavior should be open to scrutiny.
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    That guy stated quit clearly he was and is a Trump hater and anything in that report would be untruthful and not worth the paper it’s written on.
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    I truly believe that people in this country want to know the truth. Let’s try to get it by all means possible. We will never heal without full transparency and truth.
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    100 percent transparency! We the people ARE the Government. That some oppose the opening of the files is an indication that they fear the truth... let the files do the speaking. Thank you.
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    McCabe, and the rest of the actors in this failed coup attempt must be help responsible. USA can't survive without belief that Our Elections' results will be respected.
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    Simple answer 100 percent transparency! Hiding secrets of curruption is what Washington has done for decades. TIME TO STOP NOW
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    Sunlight is the best transparency. We want to know if our president committed a crime. Please fight for our democracy.
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    Anything Trump does will benefit from the bright light of transparency. Let's see McCabe's records.
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    This is all crazy and redundant! If Mueller had done his job I'm sure those records had been reviewed. It appears Mueller did a very extensive investigation and found that there was no collusion or obstruction of justice. The Democrats need to quit wasting time and money trying to find something that isn't there. And they should open an investigation into Hillary's emails and her selling uranium to Russia. Also investigate Obama on why he sent millions of dollars in cash overseas instead of moving the money through the banking system as is usually done with extremely large sums of money!
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    If there is something fishy about this, we should know; if not then we should be able to shut up the right wingers who are trying to destroy our law enforcement and intelligence services.
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    Yup, put all the cards on the floor and see where they lie Could be bad for Trump Could be bad for McCabe
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    Any material that is pertinent to the Trump/Russia investigation needs to be reviewed by Congress. It is their job to provide oversight and they can't do that ob unless they have access to all investigative material.
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    They should have all the information they need to investigate. Having said that, who among us believes the Republicans will believe there was something wrong and the Democrats will believe nothing was wrong with the discussion of the 25th amendment no matter what the facts show
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    Sure. Get it all out there for all to see as long as the Mueller report is treated the same way. Maybe we will never see it but Congress should be able to view the whole thing.
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    Yes, but I am somewhat concerned about how completely the DOJ will comply. Would there be a temptation to filter the information so as to minimize second-guessing their treatment of McCabe?
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    It is Finished. Happy Easter
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    Transparency in government is good for democracy - no more secrets!
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    We need no more obstruction of justice. Hand it over already.
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    We want to know the truth, not a whit washed version by a partisan AG. We pay their salaries, we are the People they are working for and “protecting “. Hasn’t worked so well protecting us from DT. The House legally gets whatever it asks for. DT needs to stop obstructing the Justice he deserves and the people deserve to know about.
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    Swamp creatures should be shot, stuffed and mounted on the wall...not reexamine their lies...gitmo for him and his cronies...
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