Jennifer Rubin, conservative Republican blogger, provides an outline for Congress to do its job
From her column today:
Ironically, Republicans need only do their job in a conscientious and constitutionally sound manner. Doing that, you see, amounts to defiance and repudiation of the Trump-Bannon alternative political universe. Republicans, for example:
- Could demand FBI Director James Comey testify under oath as to the falsity of Trump’s bugging charge, and then instruct the intelligence committees not to expend time or resources on the allegation absent a showing of proof from the White House;
- Require by legislation that all senior executive branch employees, including the president, disclose tax returns for the preceding 10 years and identify transactions exceeding $1 million (including sales, loans, partnerships) with foreign nationalists (America First, the president keeps telling us);
- Open a serious and comprehensive investigation of potential emoluments clause violations by the president;
- Call current and former Trump aides, including Michael T. Flynn, Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Michael Cohen (who apparently was not acting in a legal capacity subject to attorney-client privilege, but in a business capacity) to get to the bottom of the Russia connections. Federal law, by the way, does not recognize an accountant-client privilege, so nothing bars Congress from obtaining testimony from Trump’s financial managers.
- Call Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. to testify about their statements and connections, past and present, to Russian oligarchs.
If only Congress would work up the courage to do these simple steps.