The American people deserve answers.
By Representative Elijah E. Cummings
It seems like we are learning disturbing new allegations about President Trump not just every day — but every hour.
Yet, House Republicans have shown repeatedly that they refuse to conduct credible, robust oversight of this President. They do as little as humanly possible just to claim they are doing something.
Think about this. The President fired the Director of the FBI because he was becoming increasingly enraged over the accelerating investigation into his campaign and its ties to Russia. He even admitted this on national television.
Yet two of the committees with jurisdiction — the House Oversight Committee and the House Judiciary Committee — have not even scheduled a hearing on this unprecedented action. Our Chairmen have issued no subpoenas.
Now we have this explosive report that the President pressured Director Comey to drop the criminal investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Last night, all 33 Democrats on the Oversight Committee and the Judiciary Committee sent a letter demanding that Chairman Chaffetz and Chairman Goodlatte launch an immediate investigation into the actions of President Trump, Attorney General Sessions, and top White House aides.
Given the gravity of the events that have occurred over the past few weeks, our committees should already be conducting a robust investigation. It is unacceptable to continue ignoring these scandals.
We are deeply concerned that the continued failure of House Republicans to take action in the face of this onslaught of allegations will cause significant damage to the faith that the American people have in the credibility and integrity of our Committees and the House of Representatives.
Of course, Speaker Ryan has shown he has zero appetite for any investigation of President Trump. Instead, he appears to have minimized any oversight whatsoever.
Last night, our Chairman, Rep. Chaffetz, tweeted that he wants copies of the Comey memos. He said his “subpoena pen is ready.”
The problem is that we have been waiting for months for the Chairman to pick up his subpoena pen and use it against the White House.
In March — just a month after the President allegedly pressured Director Comey to drop the Flynn investigation — Chairman Chaffetz and I sent a bipartisan letter to the White House requesting documents relating to General Flynn.
But the White House completely refused. The White House is obstructing our investigation, covering up for General Flynn, and refusing to provide a single document. Not one.
Is this what the White House has been hiding since March? Were there conversations or emails within the White House about the President asking Director Comey to drop the Flynn investigation?
So yes, I am encouraged that the Chairman sent a letter last night asking for the Comey memos, but we need much more than that.
At this point, it is obvious that we need to subpoena the White House to demand the documents that Chairman Chaffetz and I requested in March.
We also need a hearing with Director Comey — in public.
When Director Comey held his press conference last summer announcing no charges against Secretary Clinton, Chairman Chaffetz had him in the witness chair at a hearing before the Oversight Committee within 48 hours. Why is he not doing the same here?
Simply put, the Republicans are not doing their job to hold the President accountable.
And that is why we need to restore credibility, accountability, and transparency by passing this legislation to create a truly independent commission. The American people deserve answers.