Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, promised Wednesday to launch investigations into Trump-Russia money laundering if Democrats win the House of Representatives this fall.
According to The Hill, “The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee says he plans to not only reignite a full-blown Russia probe if the House flips in November, but he will also prioritize investigating the Trump Organization‘s ties to Russia.”
“There was one issue we were not allowed to look at and the Senate hasn’t been either that concerns me a great deal and that is the issue of whether Russians were laundering money through the Trump Organization and [if] that is the leverage they have over the president,” Rep. Schiff told The Hill.
“Someone needs to determine whether those allegations are true or they are not,” he added. “That certainly would be a priority for me.”
Schiff‘s pledge is part of a larger strategy on the part of Democrats in 2018. Instead of running explicitly in favor of impeachment, they are running as the only party willing to deal with the rampant corruption Trump has brought into the White House.
Democrats are ready to drain the swamp
If voters – Republican or Democrat – care about restoring decency in the nation’s capital, they will replace GOP lawmakers with candidates who will hold this president accountable.
As former President Barack Obama said last week, “It should not be Democratic or Republican, it should not be partisan to say that we don’t pressure the Department of Justice or the FBI to use the criminal justice system as a cudgel to punish our political opponents. Or to explicitly call for the attorney general to protect members of own party from prosecution because elections happen to be coming up.”
Fighting a lawless administration is not a partisan idea. Wanting to restore the values and norms that make this country great is not a radical concept. Acting as a check on an unhinged, corrupt president is a responsibility that lawmakers must fulfill, not a political choice.
On Wednesday, Adam Schiff showed that this is exactly what his party plans to do if voters choose to restore sanity to their government in November.
Donald Trump may have run on draining the swamp during the 2016 presidential campaign, but Democrats plan to fulfill that promise if they win control of Congress in 2018.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.