Mandate Disclosure on Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

Although Trump has business holdings around the world, he has been unwilling to divest himself of these holdings or report his conflicts of interest, raising the question of whether he is vulnerable to influence by foreign governments. This lack of disclosure is especially troubling given the pre-inauguration communication between members of his administration, most notably disgraced former NSA advisor Michael Flynn, and Russian diplomats.

Representative Nadler introduced a bill that would require the Attorney General to release all non-classified materials related to Trump’s conflicts of interest, especially those related to payment from foreign governments, to the House of Representatives. The Republicans are bringing this up for a House Judiciary Committee vote on Tuesday—where they expect it will be voted down—in order to prevent Democrats from bringing the resolution directly to the floor, which would force all Republicans to take an embarrassing vote.

Urge your Representative to co-sponsor House Resolution 111.

Sample Call Dialogue 

Caller: Good morning/afternoon! Can you let me know if Congresswoman Jane has co-sponsored House Resolution 111?

OPTION 1: HAS CO-SPONSORED HOUSE RESOLUTION 111 [MEANING THEY SUPPORT INVESTIGATION INTO TRUMP’S CORRUPTION AND TIES TO RUSSIA]

  • Staffer: Thank you for calling! Congresswoman Jane has signed on to House Resolution 111.

    Caller: That’s great! I’m calling to say that if Congresswoman Jane truly believes, as I do, that Trump’s business dealings, connections to Russia, and other conflicts of interest are cause for concern, then she should do everything she can to make sure Congress fully investigates potential corruption. This means co-sponsoring bills like House Resolution 111 and making public statements supporting them. Will she commit to publicly calling for further congressional investigation into Trump’s corruption?

OPTION 2: HAS NOT CO-SPONSORED HOUSE RESOLUTION 111 [MEANING THEY DON’T SUPPORT FURTHER INVESTIGATION INTO TRUMP’S CORRUPTION AND TIES TO RUSSIA]

  • Staffer: Thank you for calling! Congresswoman Jane has not co-sponsored House Resolution 111.

    Caller: That’s terrible. What that means is Congresswoman Jane is fine with letting Trump use the Oval Office to enrich himself and his family and fine with possible bribery from foreign governments, like Russia. Donald Trump refuses to completely divest himself from businesses and holdings he has in multiple countries around the world. He refuses to release his tax returns to prove he isn’t beholden to foreign interests. There is also an abundance of evidence that his campaign staff were in frequent communication with Russian officials and that his administration tried to interfere with an FBI investigation into it. This isn’t a partisan issue; it’s about the integrity of the Oval Office and of our democracy. House Resolution 111 would help ensure that Donald Trump is acting on behalf of the American people, not himself or the Russian government.

    I hope Congresswoman Jane will reconsider her position and co-sponsor House Resolution 111.

OPTION 3: DODGES / HAS NO POSITION

  • Staffer: Thank you for calling! I haven’t followed this resolution, but I’m happy to take down your concerns.

    Caller: That’s disappointing to me. I’m very concerned that President Trump will act in the interest of his own businesses and of foreign governments rather than of the American people. This resolution would allow House members to properly investigate Trump’s possible conflicts of interest. If Donald Trump truly has nothing to hide, he shouldn’t have any problem with these documents—and his tax returns—being made public.

    Staff: I will certainly pass on your concerns to Congresswoman Jane.

    Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information to let me know when Congresswoman Jane takes a position. I hope that she will co-sponsor House Resolution 111 and make public statements in support of the need for disclosure.  

ScriptsCaroline Kavit