Rep. Gene Green Moves to Force House Vote to Launch Independent Trump-Russia Commission
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Gene Green joined the Democratic Caucus and filed a discharge petition to force a vote on H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act. Following recent revelations from the White House and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Congressman Green believes it’s time to vote on this bipartisan legislation that will establish an outside, independent commission to investigate President Trump’s ties to Russia and possible collusion to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
“Over the last week we have learned more about President Trump’s disregard for our democratic institutions,” said Green. “Every Member of Congress has taken the same oath that calls for bearing true faith and allegiance to defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies. The American people are concerned and want answers about President Trump and his ties to Russia. As lawmakers, we have an obligation to protect our homeland and the democratic government we so proudly serve. House Republican leadership should have a sense of urgency and help us follow the facts. No person is above the law, especially the President of the United States.”
The discharge petition filed by House Democrats and joined by Rep. Green will require the House of Representatives to vote on H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, after a majority of House Members sign the petition. To date, Speaker Ryan has refused to schedule a vote on this bipartisan legislation, and House Republicans have voted seven times to block its consideration in the House.
Last July, the FBI opened an investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and the Russian government. President Trump admitted on national television last week that he fired then-FBI Director James Comey due to the ongoing investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. On Monday, it was made public that President Trump compromised highly classified intelligence to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, jeopardizing the security of the American people – just one day after he fired Director Comey.