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House Republicans Block Boyle Resolution Demanding Release of Trump-Putin Helsinki Summit Documents

September 13, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Republican members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously rejected along party lines a resolution of inquiry from Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA-13) requesting all materials and documents used in preparation for July’s unprecedented Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki be handed over to Congress for review and oversight. The outcome of the vote, an unfavorable report from the committee, means the resolution will not be allowed to proceed to the House floor for debate and voting. When committee Republicans blocked his resolution, Congressman Boyle released the following statement:
“We are elected to public office to put people before politics and serve our country. Moreover, under our constitution, it is the role of Congress, the legislative branch, to oversee the executive branch. Nonetheless, yet again today, House Republicans chose to duck these responsibilities and continue to bury their heads in the sand when it comes to President Trump’s cozy relationship with Vladimir Putin. We’ll never forget the bizarre press conference; but it is Trump and Putin’s secretive one-on-one meeting in Helsinki behind closed doors that is especially 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. 
“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. Thanks to Republicans’ unwillingness to protect our country from Russia’s aggression, we will never know what happened during. Today’s vote is just the latest example of Congressional Republicans’ refusal to take even the smallest of steps to fulfill their constitutional oversight duties and put the independence of our democracy over their party allegiance.”
Congressman Boyle has long taken steps to oppose President Trump’s appeasement of Vladimir Putin. He introduced legislation to prevent the U.S. from coordinating with Russia on issues of cybersecurity despite Trump’s statements of support for such activities, and passed legislation to promote cyber cooperation between the U.S. and its ally, Ukraine, a frequent target of Putin.
Congressman Boyle has also been a consistent defender of Special Counsel Mueller’s independent 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.