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Congressman Kildee Signs Discharge Petition to Demand a Vote on an Outside, Independent Commission to Investigate Trump-Russia Ties

May 17, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today supported a rarely-used procedural move in the U.S. House of Representatives seeking to force a vote on a bill to establish an independent commission to fully investigate the troubling connections between President Donald Trump and Russia.

The procedural move, called a discharge petition, requires the signatures of a majority of those in the House in order to force a vote on a specific piece of legislation. Today’s discharge petition was filed on H.R. 356, the Protecting our Democracy Act, a bipartisan bill previously co-sponsored by Congressman Kildee, which establishes an outside and independent commission to investigate the Trump-Russia ties. The bill has Republican support, including from Rep. Justin Amash (MI-03).

Congressman Kildee’s efforts come after two bombshell reports this week about President Trump’s troubling ties to Russia.

On Monday, it was reported that the President revealed classified information to Russian diplomats in a recent Oval Office meeting, compromising America’s ability to gather intelligence against terrorists, including ISIS, and damaging relationships with key allies. Yesterday on the House floor, Congressman Kildee said the President’s actions were “reckless” and “make America less safe.”

Then, on Tuesday, it was reported that President Trump tried to interfere with an ongoing federal investigation by asking former FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation into Michael Flynn, the former National Security Adviser, and his ties to Russia.

“President Trump interfering with an ongoing FBI investigation is an abuse of power,” Congressman Kildee said. “Republicans can no longer stay silent. It is time to put country before party. This is about protecting our democracy. We need an independent commission now to investigate the troubling Trump administration ties to Russia. I hope all of my colleagues will sign this discharge petition and force a vote on this legislation to establish an outside and independent commission.”