As if a year and a half of investigation by a special counsel is not enough, House Democrats want to start a new probe looking into — you guessed it — President Donald trump and Russian collusion.
A day after the president’s State of the Union address, in which President Trump stressed the need for the end of “ridiculous partisan investigations,” the House intelligence committee hit back with new ridiculous partisan investigations. The committee announced they would begin a wide-ranging probe investigating whether the president or anyone in his family have businesses tied to foreign agents and whether anyone has “leverage” over the president.
The aim of the investigation is to assess whether the president is violating the Foreign Emoluments Clause in Article I, Section 9 of the United States Constitution. The text reads as follows: “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.” Democrats believe President Trump is continuously violating this clause by benefiting off his business deals in foreign countries.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said he believes Congress needs to do more to investigate the president.
“The committee must fulfill its responsibility to provide the American people with a comprehensive accounting of what happened, and what the United States must do to protect itself from future interference and malign influence operations,” he said.
Perhaps this committee should have started earlier — instead of the Mueller probe. Indeed, that is the way it traditionally works: an investigation takes place, and the evidence is then sent to a prosecutor, who decides whether to file charges. But since Democrats skipped the first step and went straight to the prosecutor, this phase is redundant.