U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, and other Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are stepping up efforts to get their committee to look into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice in the ongoing probe over Russian influence in the 2016 election.
While House and Senate Intelligence committees are already looking into Russia’s role, Deutch and 15 other Dems on the Judiciary Committee say their panel needs to look into related aspects of the controversy.
The Democrats sent a letter this week to Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., calling for him to schedule “hearings to examine events that now extend well beyond any investigation into Russian influence—including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, allegations of obstruction of justice, and the inconsistent application of the Attorney General’s recusal from these and related matters.”
Deutch also brought up the matter at a Wednesday hearing — and posted a video clip on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.
“When will we have a real conversation in this committee about what’s going on with the White House?” Deutch asked. “Will we – the members of the House Judiciary Committee – take a serious look at the evidence before the American public that the President may have obstructed justice? It’s simple. As Chair, this is your job, Mr. Chairman; as members of this committee, this is our job.”