Democrats agitating for a Trump ‘truth commission’ that investigates the outgoing president’s COVID-19 response, business entanglements, and border separation policies

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Atop Capitol Hill, Congressional Democrats have never given President Donald Trump a moment’s peace, waylaying him with multiple House inquiries that bled into full-blown impeachment.

But several members of Congress and prominent government reform-minded organizations tell Insider they want even more from the 117th Congress and President-elect Joe Biden: a Trump “truth commission” that autopsies the outgoing president’s tempestuous tenure.

This Trump truth commission could probe the White House’s COVID-19 response, the government separating immigrant children from their parents, and the blurring of lines among Trump’s governmental, political, and business interests, among other matters. 

With the backing of Congress and the president, the commission could compel witness testimony, produce a public report, and offer recommendations for improving national governance.

Supporters envision the commission as an independent, bipartisan body in the mold of the 9/11-related National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, and more recently, the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. 

Sen. Joe Manchin, a centrist-minded West Virginia Democrat, says the formation of a Trump truth commission is “a good idea.”

“There has to be something to restore the confidence and faith in people that what they are hearing is factual, is truthful,” he said.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat from Michigan who serves on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, told Insider that “we cannot simply let these things go once he’s out of the White House. We must set a precedent for future administrations and hopefully deter future executive actions that will further exact irreparable harm on the most vulnerable.”

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Another supporter is former Sen. Bob Kerrey, a Nebraska Democrat and one of 10 people to serve on the 9/11 Commission.

“It has to be bipartisan right from the beginning, and it could contribute to breaking down this polarization we have,” Kerrey said, adding of Congress: “I hope they would be supportive of something like this.” 

Louis Clark, CEO and executive director of the nonpartisan Government Accountability Project, offered a maxim: If Americans don’t learn from history, they’ll be condemned to repeat it. 

“For that reason alone, the precedent shattering experience of this Trump administration demands thoughtful and independent examination,” Clark said.

“A commission — it’s not just advisable, it’s necessary,” said Donald Sherman, deputy director for nonpartisan government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “There will be pressure to move on. We can’t move on until there’s a fair accounting.”

Republicans decry more ‘witch hunts’

Such a commission, if created, would represent yet another post-presidency stomach punch to Trump’s legacy and legal fortunes.

Trump is already facing a perilous future pockmarked with potential federal- and state-level investigations involving matters both criminal and civil that concern aspects of his presidency, political campaign, business interests, and tax returns. 

This week, Rep. Bill Pascrell, a New Jersey Democrat, accused Trump of “treachery” and “treason.” He demanded the Department of Justice investigate the president and his administration for “crimes against our nation and Constitution,” including — as Pascrell sees it — hindering the US Census, attacking the validity …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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