House of Representatives

Democrats May Issue Minority Report on Russia

Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) told Greg Sargent that Democrats “are seriously exploring the possibility of issuing a minority report that details (among other things) the degree to which Republicans tried to impede a full investigation, should that end up happening.”

“In this scenario, the public would at least have a clear sense of just how far Republicans went to protect President Trump and his top officials from accountability.”

Said Himes: “It’s in both the Democrats’ and the Republicans’ interests to … write a report based on a common set of facts. It would be a tragedy if the report has a minority section that says, ‘Look, we wanted to talk to these two dozen witnesses and weren’t able to do so.'”

House Republicans Quietly Investigate ‘Corruption’ at FBI

“A group of House Republicans has gathered secretly for weeks in the Capitol in an effort to build a case that senior leaders of the Justice Department and FBI improperly — and perhaps criminally — mishandled the contents of a dossier that describes alleged ties between President Donald Trump and Russia, according to four people familiar with their plans,” Politico reports.

“A subset of the Republican members of the House intelligence committee, led by Chairman Devin Nunes of California, has been quietly working parallel to the committee’s high-profile inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. They haven’t informed Democrats about their plans, but they have consulted with the House’s general counsel.”

Ryan Denies He’s Mulling Retirement

Speaker Paul Ryan said that he has not discussed the prospect of stepping away from Congress anytime soon with anybody, nor has the thought even crossed his mind, calling reports that he might resign next year “rank speculation,” Politico reports.

Said Ryan: “That’s what surprises me about this. That’s why I thought it was a very irresponsible piece. The idea that after passing tax reform, as if it’s the only thing I care about, I’m just going to leave, get up and go, it’s ridiculous.”

Democrats Already Jockeying to Lead Trump Impeachment

Politico: “House Democrats this week are set to resolve a seemingly insignificant standoff with deceptively big consequences: deciding who would lead potential impeachment proceedings against President Trump should they take back the House. Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), two longtime members who both hail from power centers of the Democratic Party, are competing to be the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.”

“That’s the panel that historically holds the keys to the impeachment process. Both Nadler and Lofgren know they’re signing up to be Trump’s chief antagonist in Congress. But, in separate interviews, they also emphasized the importance of Democrats not overplaying their hand. They’re both acutely aware that appearing too eager about impeaching the president could alienate voters and vulnerable incumbents in their caucus who cringe when the topic is raised.”

House GOP Prepares to Wrap Up Russia Investigation

“Senior Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee tell NBC News that they hope and expect to draw their year-long investigation to an end in the coming weeks, saying they have largely completed all interviews relevant to the narrow scope of inquiry Democrats had agreed to last spring.”

“Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), one of the GOP leaders of the committee’s Russia probe, said that it is in the public’s interest to finish as quickly as possible so that they can issue a final report.”

Internship Rescinded When Woman Rebuffed Lawmaker

Melissa Richmond writes in the Washington Post that former Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) rescinded an internship offer when she wouldn’t come to his house.

Several weeks went by. Then something unusual happened. The congressman called me on my cellphone — from his cellphone — late on a Sunday night. He mentioned that his family wasn’t home and asked me whether I could come over that night for a “final one-on-one interview” with him.

I was stunned. Senior members of his staff had interviewed me weeks before and offered me the position. After speaking with my family, I called the congressman back and told him I didn’t feel comfortable going to his house. In that case, he told me, the internship offer was rescinded.

Some Want to End Lawmakers Sleeping In Their Offices

BuzzFeed News: “For members of Congress, living in their Capitol Hill offices has long been seen as a quirky display of frugality. But a handful of politicians are coming forward to say the practice is unprofessional and needs to end. Capitol Hill may be the only workplace in the nation where dozens of offices turn into the boss’s bedroom at a certain hour.”

Said Rep. Jackie Speier: “I think it is unseemly. I’m not saying that these persons are engaged in sexual harassment. It is just wrong, We should prohibit living in your offices, and we should allow members to deduct the cost of their living expenses here up to a certain amount.”

Trump Told Ryan Not to Retire After Midterm Elections

President Trump told House Speaker Paul Ryan he would be “very unhappy” if the Wisconsin Republican retires after the 2018 elections, Politico reports.

“Ryan has told his closest confidants that his current term as House speaker will be his last…. In three dozen interviews with lawmakers, aides, conservative intellectuals and lobbyists, not one believed Ryan would stay in Congress past 2018.”