Judiciary Dems Push on Post-Charlottesville Action
A letter sent to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) on Wednesday, the Democratic members of the committee -- led by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) -- called for hearings to consider appropriate resolutions and legislative responses to Charlottesville. The letter called for formal condemnation of the rightwing extremists and the censure of Donald Trump for his “shocking and divisive response.” The lawmakers called for hearings and consideration ofCongresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s (D-WA)resolution condemning the violence in Charlottesville, as well as the resolution introduced by Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) andCongresswomen Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) and Jayapal censuring Donald Trump for his post-Charlottesville response. The letter reads, “As the House Committee charged with jurisdiction over civil rights, freedom of speech, hate crimes, domestic terrorism, firearms safety, and other constitutional matters, we have both a legislative and moral responsibility to respond. Indeed, we believe any failure by the Congress to respond to acts so reprehensible would constitute an abdication of the Committee's responsibilities, and would only further embolden the white supremacists and other extremists.” See the letter here.