Ruppersberger Joins Effort to Force House Vote on Independent Trump-Russia Commission
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today joined an effort to force the House of Representatives to vote on bipartisan legislation establishing an independent, outside commission to investigate alleged connections between the Trump Administration, his campaign and Russia. The move comes on the heels of revelations that President Trump may have tried to shut down an FBI investigation into the allegations.
Recent polling shows 78 percent of Americans want an independent investigation.
“The American people deserve justice based on facts, not politics,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “Let’s get these facts as quickly as possible to determine if crimes have been committed or not. Only then can we move forward as a country once and for all.”
Ruppersberger joined 218 other Members of Congress in signing a discharge petition that will force the House to vote on H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act. Thus far, House leadership has refused to schedule a vote on the bipartisan bill and House Republicans have voted seven times to block its consideration.
In July, the FBI opened an investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and the Russian government. The President encouraged FBI Director James Comey to end the FBI investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s connections to Russia, according to the latest news reports. President Trump suggested on national television that he fired FBI Director James Comey, in part, because of “this Russia thing.”
Also this week, several news outlets reported the President revealed highly-classified intelligence to Russian envoys in a private meeting inside the Oval Office the day after he fired Comey.
In addition to an independent commission, Congressman Ruppersberger is calling for a bipartisan, bicameral Congressional committee to investigate, complementing the investigations already underway in the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. He is also urging the Department of Justice to name a special prosecutor to oversee the matter.
“What I am calling for is a full-court press,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “We need to follow the facts wherever they lead. If he has nothing to hide, the President should welcome the opportunity to be transparent and forthright so that he can put the controversy behind him and pursue his agenda.”