GOP Looking to Quietly Kill Resolution Demanding Transparency on Trump
House Republicans planning to send Dem inquiry to GOP-majority committee so they can vote it down before it reaches chamber floor
Multiple House sources told Politico on Thursday that Republicans will seek to quash Rep. Jerry Nadler's (D-N.Y.) resolution to force President Donald Trump to disclose his ties with Russia, as well as possible business conflicts of interest.
Republicans plan to send the "resolution of inquiry" to the GOP-heavy House Judiciary Committee next Tuesday, which is expected to kill it, Politico's Rachael Bade and John Bresnahan report.
Nadler's resolution demands that Attorney General Jeff Sessions hand over "any document, record, memo, correspondence, or other communication" that pertains to "criminal or counterintelligence investigations" relating to Trump, his staff, or his corporate empire.
If the committee were to not take action on the proposal, Democrats could demand a full vote on it; if it is rejected, it will be unlikely to ever see the House floor, a House aide told Politico.
Trump is also scheduled to give his first full address to Congress on Tuesday. House Democrats were incensed that Republicans planned the underhanded move on a busy news day, Bade and Bresnahan wrote—noting that the resolution would like be "particularly embarrassing and divisive for the right."
The president has come under fire for refusing to divest his assets from his businesses while in office. Watchdog groups have filed lawsuits and complaints alleging that his actions violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution and other conflict of interest laws.