Boyle Introduces Resolution of Inquiry Demanding Release of Trump-Putin Helsinki Summit Documents
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in response to last week’s unprecedented one-on-one summit with Vladimir Putin with only two translators present, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA-13), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced a resolution of inquiry requesting all materials and documents used in preparation for the summit by the Trump Administration.
A Resolution of Inquiry is a legislative tool that has privileged parliamentary status, meaning it can be brought to the floor if the relevant Committee hasn’t reported it within 14 legislative days, even if the Majority leadership has not scheduled it for a vote. Once introduced, the Committee must schedule a markup in that set time, which means there has to be debate voted on in committee. The Committee may report the resolution “unfavorably” after markup to prevent it from going to the floor, otherwise it can be raised for a vote before the full House of Representatives.
Upon introducing the resolution, Congressman Boyle released the following statement:
“President Trump’s meeting behind closed doors with Vladimir Putin, and his damaging and bizarre remarks following this secretive meeting, should deeply concern all Americans and move members of Congress of both parties to act. The meeting itself is concerning given Putin’s role interfering in our elections, his ongoing threat to our allies, and President Trump’s failure to confront these concerns with the response they merit. However, the secretive nature of the meeting makes it all the more disturbing; it jeopardizes Congress’ ability to oversee the executive branch and furthers important questions regarding Trump’s relationship with Putin given his interference in our election to the benefit of President Trump.”
Boyle continued, “Because President Trump went into the meeting without staff, which is highly unusual, we must take the word of a demonstrated friend of Putin on what happened in that room. I, for one, am unable and unwilling to be satisfied by the President’s assurances that he ‘gave up nothing.’ We all know what happened after the summit: President Trump declared on the world stage that he believed Putin over the U.S. intelligence agencies, providing Putin the propaganda of his dreams. I can only imagine what happened during.”
Congressman Boyle has long taken steps to oppose President Trump’s appeasement toward Vladimir Putin. He introduced legislation to prevent the U.S. from coordinating with Russia on issues of cybersecurity despite Trump’s support for such activities, and legislation to instead promote cyber cooperation between the U.S. and its ally, Ukraine, a frequent target of Putin.
Congressman Boyle has also been a vocal supporter of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives during the 2016 election. He serves as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, its Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, and Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade.