Email #77, Subject: “resolution of inquiry”?

At the end of the last Congressional session in December, members of your House Judiciary Committee requested that you schedule hearings on Donald Trump’s potential conflicts of interest. Given that you listed “checking the executive branch” as one of your top priorities after your reelection, I would have expected you to agree. Why did you not?

I read now that another member of Congress has filed a “resolution of inquiry,” making the same request. If I understand the rules correctly, you have fourteen days to discuss the resolution within the House Judiciary Committee or it automatically goes to the general floor for debate. Do you plan to take up the resolution or allow it to pass directly to the rest of Congress? I don’t know which is preferable, so I would appreciate your explanation of the process and where you stand on the resolution.

I do understand that you are in a difficult position. As a leading member of the GOP, you must feel pressure to support President Trump. As a member of Congress who has a duty to all of his constituents regardless of political party and to the principles of our democracy, you are also obligated by the Constitution’s three-branch system to prevent abuses of power.

No one is accusing the President of wrong doing, but since he has not disclosed his interests, it is impossible to know if or when his actions involve abuses. You are simply being asked to fulfill your duty as chair of the Judiciary committee and oversee the executive branch effectively. At minimum that requires gathering the necessary information.

Please support the resolution of inquiry.

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

One thought on “Email #77, Subject: “resolution of inquiry”?”

  1. Now, your Judicial Committee is trying to bury the “Resolution of Inquiry directing the Department of Justice to provide the House of Representatives with any and all information relevant to an inquiry into President Trump and his associates’ conflicts of interest, ethical violations—including the Emoluments Clause—and Russia ties.” introduced by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.). By bringing it up on Tuesday, when president Trump address the full Congress, it is obvious that you hope to quietly kill it in “a panel vote” so that the full House will not have to go on record against your obligations of accountability and transparency!


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