House Democrats consider bills to 'safeguard democracy' in response to Mueller report
One likely piece of legislation would be framed as "Duty to Report," requiring presidential campaign aides to report foreign contacts to law enforcement.
WASHINGTON — For months, top House Democrats have taken a deliberate approach on the question of impeachment, wary of moving too fast on the extraordinary Constitutional option despite growing calls from their members to at least begin moving forward with the process.
Now, that cautious strategy could run the risk of further dividing Democrats as leadership shifts toward an aggressive legislative strategy instead of an impeachment inquiry.
In a meeting last week in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, Democratic lawmakers gathered to craft a plan — including specific legislative fixes — to respond to the Mueller report and what Democrats see as numerous instances in which they say President Donald Trump appeared to obstruct justice in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to multiple lawmakers and aides in attendance.
As Democrats prepare to launch a more "robust hearing and legislative strategy" across at least six committees to highlight the special counsel's investigation, they are discussing bills to magnify wrongdoing uncovered in Mueller's report, including contacts with Russian entities.
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It might have helped had the Legislature not ceded so much power to the Executive branch over the years.
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