Charlie Crist says he is all in on a resolution of inquiry sponsored by New York Democrat Jerald Nadler that calls on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide Congress with any and all information from any investigations into President Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest and ethical violations.
Nadler’s resolution bypasses the normal procedures of how bills work their way through the House of Representatives. It’s written in a way that it must be brought to the House floor for a vote within 14 days if not reported by the relevant committee.
Critics have contended that Trump is violating the emoluments clause in the U.S. Constitution, which bars him from benefiting financially or otherwise from his extensive business dealings abroad.
“As public officials, we have a responsibility to promote transparency and provide oversight and accountability to ensure the public’s trust in our government, and that the government is working in their best interests,” says Crist. “This administration is breaking with precedent in ways that raise serious concerns and threaten the health of our democracy. The American people deserve answers to the questions being raised, and Congress has the power to require them. Let’s get to work.”
Crist also notes in his statement that he is backing an effort led by New Jersey Democrat Bill Pascrell, Jr. to call on Congress to use its authority to make President Trump’s tax returns available to ensure no conflicts of interest exist, an effort blocked by Republicans in the House Monday night. He also is a cosponsor of two bills (H.R. 356 and H.R. 530) that aim to investigate, expose, and deter foreign influence in the American election process.
New York Representative Nadler’s Resolution of Inquiry follows two formal requests sent to House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte—the first on November 30, 2016 and the second on January 24, 2017—for hearings into federal conflict-of-interest and ethical provisions that may apply to the President and an investigation of