Dems Send Letter To Speaker Ryan About Russia Investigation

By on January 12, 2018

Six Democratic ranking members of various House committees sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) earlier this week in which they accused the GOP-led house of putting “President Trump ahead of our national interests” by running sham investigations and trying to undermine the FBI’s work in determining how Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Ranking Members Eliot Engel, Maxine Waters, Jerrold Nadler, Bennie Thompson, Elijah Cummings and Robert Brady called upon Ryan to end the GOP shenanigans and start taking things more seriously.

As Members of Congress, we take a solemn oath to support and defend the Constitution and protect the American people. The failure of House Republicans to take strong and swift action in the face of Russia’s assault on our democracy is beneath the dignity of this oath. The strength and integrity of our democracy, the rule of law, and our democratic institutions hang in the balance. We ask you to change course and begin demonstrating true leadership on this critical national security issue.

Democrats are starting to become more overt in their public efforts to call out the GOP for its transparently biased efforts to protect the president from any real scrutiny. They say that Republicans are downplaying issues related to Trump’s Kremlin because they believe such talk undermines his presidency–and by extension, the GOP legislative agenda.

Though the deny they are actively trying to thwart legitimate inquiries, several Republicans in the House and Senate have called for special counsel Robert Mueller to be fired. Other are pushing for Christopher Steele, the author of an explosive dossier about the president’s Russia ties, to face criminal charges in the United States for reasons that make little sense.

Democrats are right to question the integrity of GOP-led House investigations, but it’s unlikely a strongly worded letter will be enough to actually change things. The only chance they have to change things is to actually gain control of the House.