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Rep. Lieu: Shut Down Government During Russia Inquiry

| by Ray Brown

Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California called for a "total and complete shutdown" of all agenda proposals from the administration of President Donald Trump until the FBI finishes its inquiry into alleged collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government.

"The bombshell revelation that U.S. officials have information that suggests Trump associates may have colluded with the Russians means we must pause the entire Trump agenda," Lieu said, referring to a CNN article based on anonymous U.S. intelligence sources that indicate the FBI might have evidence of collusion.

"Other than allowing routine governmental functions, there must be a total and complete shutdown of any agenda item being pushed by the Trump Administration," Lieu said. "Congress cannot continue regular order and must stop voting on any Trump-backed agenda item until the FBI completes its Trump-Russia collusion investigation."

The congressman from Los Angeles added: "Congress must immediately form an independent commission and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the collusion allegations with impartiality and independence. Congress also needs to pass the Resolution of Inquiry, authored by [Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York] and I, to compel the Trump Administration to publicly disclose information on its Russian ties to the American people."

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The Resolution of Inquiry proposed by Lieu and Jeffries was issued on March 9, soon after it was revealed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The revelation caused controversy because Sessions told the Senate panel holding his confirmation hearing that he did not meet with the Russian government during the campaign.

The inquiry requires that the Trump administration reveal "any meeting or communication between any formal or informal advisor, affiliate, or employee of Donald Trump, his campaign or transition team, and any individual or entity representing the interests of Russia or individuals with interests involving Russia."

Lieu and Jeffries' proposal has not yet been scheduled for a House vote.

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Democrats have been pushing hard on rumors and allegations that the Trump administration was helped by the Russian government to defeat former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California added an entire section of Russia-Trump collusion allegations on his congressional website.

And the pro-Democrat think tank, Center for American Progress, created an entire website devoted to Russia-Trump allegations, called The Moscow Project.

Trump has repeatedly denied any Russian collusion and has called the allegations, "fake news" on Twitter.

Sources: Rep. Ted Lieu (2), Center for American Progress/Moscow Project, Rep. Eric Swalwell, CNN, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Photo credit: Mark Mauno/Flickr

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