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Members of Congress Join MoveOn.org in Calling Out Republicans for Trying to Hide Support for Trump’s Agenda from Constituents
On Trump’s 100th Day in Office, Trump Truth Hiders Website Exposes How Republicans in Congress Refuse to Hold Trump Accountable
WASHINGTON DC — Today, MoveOn.org is announcing the launch of a new website, TrumpTruthHiders.com, an online tracker designed to expose how House Republicans have acted to hide the truth about Trump’s presidency—obscuring their votes in support of Trump’s agenda from their constituents.
VIEW THE WEBSITE HERE: www.TrumpTruthHiders.com
Some Republican House Members have made public statements in support of investigating Donald Trump and his associates, but virtually none—to date—have taken meaningful action to hold the administration and campaign accountable. Since Trump’s inauguration, House Democrats have repeatedly exposed GOP hypocrisy by introducing 15 measures thus far in the House—such as legislation, discharge petitions, and resolutions of inquiry—that have forced Republicans to go on the record about Trump’s taxes, Russia, and more.
Today, The Washington Post reported that House Democrats plan to force Republicans once again to vote on new legislation that would require Trump to disclose information about his personal taxes, business holdings, ethics waivers, and visitors to the White House and his vacation properties. This is the latest in a series of Democrats’ efforts to achieve transparency and accountability. But when faced with demands for action, Republicans have voted overwhelmingly to hide the truth about Trump and his associates.
TrumpTruthHiders provides a scorecard for each Republican House member based on their committee or full House votes. Each scorecard is complete with links allowing constituents and other concerned people to communicate with their representatives via phone calls, tweets, and Facebook posts.
Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY): “As we reach the 100th day of President Trump’s term, it’s clear that the Administration’s conflicts and lies are destroying Americans’ faith in our democratic institutions. Sadly, it’s also increasingly clear that House Republicans are overwhelmingly choosing to protect Trump instead of the truth. Democrats have brought forward repeated measures to get to the truth on critical issues like the administration’s Russia ties, business conflicts, and ethical violations. With very few exceptions, the Republicans have voted against transparency and accountability. Constituents deserve to know what their Members of Congress are really doing on Trump’s conflicts and lies, and this website will allow voters to see for themselves.”
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD): “Americans of all political stripes want accountable and transparent government, and that begins with Congress taking its oversight responsibilities seriously. But when Congress is delinquent in those responsibilities—as the Republican-controlled Congress seems to be—it is incumbent upon the people to demand better. That’s why it’s critical for engaged citizens to ensure their representatives are conducting Congress’ constitutionally-required oversight.”
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY): “Hypocrisy undermines the integrity of our democracy, while transparency is critical to it. Often people talk the talk but do not walk the walk. The effort to hold members of the people’s House accountable for their legislative record will enhance the integrity of our democracy and should be commended.”
Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ): “Without his tax returns, it is impossible to know whether the President is taking actions to benefit his businesses or the American people. I will not stop my pursuit of Mr. Trump’s tax documents, even as he continues to disrespect the office of the president and undermine decades of presidential transparency.”
Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA): “It is time for Republicans to put country ahead of party and cooperate fully with Democrats to investigate the Trump Administration. The American people deserve to know the truth about the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russia during the election. We also deserve to see the President’s tax returns and be informed about any conflicts of interest that may exist given Trump’s vast international business holdings. We cannot normalize the current situation. There needs to be a total and complete shutdown of any significant agenda item being pushed by the Trump Administration until Congress can figure out what is going on.”
Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY): “President Trump’s administration has managed to become one of the least transparent in history—all within his first 100 days in office. From suspect ties between senior campaign and White House officials and Russia, to the president’s refusal to release his tax returns, to numerous ethical violations, this White House seems to have no qualms about operating without the best interest of the American people in mind. Democrats have been fighting back against President Trump’s secrecy and will continue to do so by forcing Republicans to defend the president’s behavior. Americans deserve to know where their elected leaders stand on these important issues.”
Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS): “Whether it’s Russia’s attack on our democracy last year or President Trump’s deep conflicts of interest, I am deeply disappointed that Republicans have continually refused to step up to the plate and work with Democrats to get the American people the answers they are looking for. Patriotism should always come before party, but House Republicans have not stood with us when it has come time to vote on these critical issues. Working in the public’s trust, we all should be able to put the country first.”
“Some Republicans talk a good game about Donald Trump and his associates’ brazen displays of corruption, but their actions tell an entirely different story,” said Jo Comerford, campaign director for MoveOn.org. “MoveOn worked with Members of Congress to launch TrumpTruthHiders.com so that the American people can see this infuriating display of hypocrisy in real time. For example, many Republicans have been talking more and more about needing to see Trump’s taxes, but so far no one has acted to further any sort of official investigation. In fact, the vast majority of the 15 attempts made by Democrats to investigate Trump focused on getting at Trump’s taxes. Thus far, Republicans have scuttled all attempts. The tracker provides an irrefutable indication that Republicans are unwilling to act on their criticisms and combat corruption. That’s why it’s beyond time Congress moves to appoint an independent commission to investigate Trump.”