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Monday, December 09, 2019

House Oversight Vice Chair: ‘We Won’t Back Down’ On Investigations

Special counsel Robert Mueller may be done investigating Trump — but Congress is just getting started.

Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA), vice-chair of the House Oversight Committee, said in a Monday CNN interview that Congress will not back down from its many investigations into Trump’s shady activities — including “highly suspicious” activity that went beyond the scope of Mueller’s investigation.

“We have evidence over the last two years that the Mueller investigation was not covering that is highly, highly suspicious,” Hill said.

Hill said Democrats in Congress are looking into the “security clearances issue, we’re dealing with possibly giving nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, we’re dealing with … thousands of children that haven’t been reunited with their families.”

“It’s so many issues that we have to continue our investigations on, and it’s just not related to the Mueller report,” she added.

Over the weekend, Attorney General William Barr released his own spin on the Mueller report, but refuses to release the report itself in its entirety. Yet even Barr’s biased summary of the Mueller report includes Mueller’s conclusion that the report “does not exonerate” Trump on allegations of obstruction of justice.

As Hill noted, however, Mueller’s investigation was limited in scope, and Trump’s alleged criminal activity has not stopped since he was sworn into office.

Trump reportedly gave his daughter and son-in-law top security clearances over the objections of intelligence agencies and his own White House counsel. Congress needs to know if and how seriously Trump’s nepotism endangered U.S. national security.

Hill also noted the Trump administration may have ignored national security concerns in a rush to hand over nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. New evidence shows Trump officials may have discussed the issue using personal email, not their secure government accounts.

Beyond the numerous investigations being conducted by the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chair of the Judiciary Committee, has sent out letters to more than 80 individuals and entities demanding documents related to Trump’s potential obstruction of justice, abuse of power, and corruption.

Thus far, Nadler has received tens of thousands of documents as part of his far-reaching investigation.

And Congress isn’t the only branch of government investigating Trump. A number of federal prosecutors and state offices are investigating Trump, his family, his businesses, his foundation, and his inaugural committee for a number of potential crimes.

At this year’s State of the Union address, Trump tried to threaten Congress out of investigating him and his corrupt administration. But the new Democratic majority refuses to back down.

“We will not be bullied by the president of the United States,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), chair of the House Democrats, said at the time.

Hill’s comments Monday morning show once again that Democrats will not be intimidated, and will keep working to uncover the truth.

Published with permission of The American Independent. 


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