As a member of the Oversight and Reform Committee led by Chairman Elijah Cummings, I’m glad to be part of a multi-committee effort to hold Donald Trump accountable for his contempt of the Constitution and the will of the American people.
When he appeared before Congress, Special Counsel Robert Mueller highlighted how President Trump and officials within his Administration sought to obstruct Mueller’s investigation and then cover up their actions. I applaud the efforts of the Judiciary Committee to pursue the truth and voted on the House floor to give Chairman Jerry Nadler the authority to subpoena grand jury evidence underlying the Mueller Report. In court proceedings, Nadler has argued that the information he seeks is needed to consider whether the Judiciary Committee should move beyond an impeachment inquiry and toward a recommendation of impeachment itself. Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans seem blind to Trump’s wrongdoing and are unlikely to remove the President from office based on an action in the House. Nevertheless, Democrats should pursue their multi-committee investigations because newly uncovered evidence could change the Senate’s posture and make impeachment more viable.
Democrats will continue to litigate when necessary to uncover information about Trump’s misconduct, including his financial dealings before entering office. The public’s demand for checks and balances means activating the full measure of Congress’ Article 1 power and enlisting the
Article III Judiciary Branch to enforce the will of the people. No one is above the law.
Finally, we will continue to legislate on behalf of all Americans. I was proud to author HR1, the For the People Act, the most far-reaching democracy reform bill in a generation, which passed in March 2019 and set the table for other key measures Democrats have passed in this Congress to protect our election systems, ensure equal pay for equal work, raise the minimum wage, reduce the cost of prescription drugs, demand more humanitarian treatment at the border, close gun background check loopholes and much, much more. These proposals are piled up at the Senate door where Mitch McConnell refuses to take action.
In November of 2020, Democrat’s strategy of investigate, litigate and legislate will prevail. We will beat Trump, fix our democracy and rebuild America.