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Tlaib says House must investigate Trump, Slotkin pushes bill banning foreign election ads

By: - April 19, 2019 10:15 am

President Donald J. Trump talks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House Thursday, May 30, 2019, prior to boarding Marine One to begin his trip to Colorado. | Official White House Photos by Joyce N. Boghosian via Flickr Public Domain

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) tweeted on Thursday that the time is now for the U.S. House to investigate President Donald Trump and used the hashtag, #TimetoImpeach.

Rashida Tlaib | Ken Coleman

That came on the same day that the redacted report was released of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian election interference investigation.

Tlaib has sponsored a resolution to “Begin the Investigation of Impeachable Actions by President Trump Post-Inauguration.” U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Al Green (D-Texas) have signed on to her measure.

Tlaib tweeted on Thursday, “Doing nothing when we are seeing blatant disregard of the United States constitution, to our ethical norms, is dangerous.”

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that Democrats will meet on Monday to discuss their response to the Mueller report.

In her speech, Tlaib again stressed that while the focus has been on Trump’s actions before taking office, she believes his conduct as president must be investigated, including “more than 400 conflicts of interest.”

“No one, Madam Speaker, including the president of the United States, is above the law,” she said.

Tlaib added, “This will not be the last billionaire CEO who runs for president, who attempts to not divest from his business interests. Now what we’ve witnessed from this administration could well be impeachable offenses.”

Elissa Slotkin’s ceremonial swearing in, Jan. 13, 2019, Lansing | Andrew Roth

Meanwhile, fellow freshman U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) said that the edited report on Russian election interference underscores the need for legislation she’s introduced barring election ads financed by foreign nationals.

Facebook ads linked to Russia ran in Michigan and Wisconsin during the 2016 presidential election, CNN reported in 2017. Some had anti-Muslim messages and used “highly sophisticated” targeting techniques.

“The Mueller report’s executive summary reinforces that Russia attempted to meddle in our elections,” Slotkin wrote on Facebook. “We know that was especially true in Michigan. That’s why I introduced the bipartisan PAID Ads Act, which would prevent foreign nationals from purchasing broadcast, cable, satellite, or digital communications naming a candidate for office at any point in time. Stopping foreign entities from influencing U.S. elections is not a partisan issue – it’s an issue of national security and of preserving our democracy.”

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Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.