Divided House Committee Rejects Effort to Investigate Trump

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By Rob Tricchinelli

Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee Feb. 2 rejected an effort by panel Democrats to heighten scrutiny of President Donald Trump’s business dealings.

Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.), the committee’s ranking Democrat, sought to create a six-month task force “to investigate conflicts of interest in the Trump administration.” The measure was defeated along party lines, 33-24, during an organizational meeting.

Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) called the effort, and other rule changes proposed by Democrats, “blatant partisan attacks on the new administration, notwithstanding that your side lost the election.”

Under its rules, the committee may vote to set up temporary task forces on particular issues. The committee has used the process to examine terrorism finance and regulatory costs.

Delay, Oppose

Democrats offered a raft of amendments to the committee rules that were rejected, pushing the meeting well into the afternoon.

“Your side would never, never have dreamt of subjecting the Obama administration” to the amendments, Hensarling said.

In addition to other attempts to investigate Trump, Democrats also tried to change committee protocols on subpoenas and swearing in witnesses.

The Democratic amendments foreshadow a potentially contentious congressional session on legislative issues.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rob Tricchinelli in Washington at rtricchinelli@bna.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Phyllis Diamond at pdiamond@bna.com; Seth Stern at sstern@bna.com

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