Democrats are pressuring the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to hold a vote on an independent commission to investigate Trump-Russia ties, they tell reporters.
Congressman Adam Schiff says: “If you look at the Russia investigation through the prism of just one person it underscores how serious a thoroughly independent and adequate investigation… truly is.”
Schiff recounts the Flynn saga, concluding: “The president… was advised that Mr Flynn had misled others in the administration or the vice-president, took no action on that until it was disclosed in public.
“Once the president was forced to fire Mr Flynn he expressed no animosity or discomfort with the fact that Mr Flynn led the vice-president to mislead the country. Rather he was angry at the press for revealing it.”
“Given the gravity of the events that have occurred over the past few weeks, our committee should already be conducting robust and transparent investigations and oversight,” says Congressman Elijah Cummings, who sits on the House Oversight Committee.
“It is unacceptable that we keep ignoring these scandals, and that’s exactly what they are,” he says.
He adds that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has “zero, zero, zero, appetite for any investigation into President Trump”.
Democrats are speaking to reporters now.
Congressman Joseph Crowley opened their news conference by accusing Mr Trump of a “complete and utter disregard for our national security”.
“At the very least, an abuse of power has taken place,” he says.
“We need to put the American people first, and politics last,” he concludes.
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