Two Senate Democrats have asked former presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz to investigate Donald Trump’s call for Russia to find the emails that Hillary Clinton deleted from her private server.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said during a news conference on July 27. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Chris Coons of Delaware and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, both Senate Judiciary Committee members, called Trump’s statements “dangerous and irresponsible” in a letter to Cruz that was released on Wednesday. They also argued that Trump has “invited foreign interference with the presidential election.”
Cruz has been contacted because he serves as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts.
Coons and Whitehouse have asked Cruz to “conduct an oversight hearing to determine whether existing federal criminal statutes and federal court jurisdiction sufficiently address conduct related to foreign entities that could undermine our elections.” Essentially, they want to know if any U.S. criminal laws have been broken, such as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Espionage Act, or the Logan Act.
When asked for a statement, Cruz’s Senate office did not immediately reply. It is unclear whether Cruz will schedule a hearing in response to Whitehouse and Coons’s letter.
If Cruz decides not to follow through with the scheduling the hearing, his decision will have nothing to do with trying to protect Donald Trump. During his speech at the Republican National Convention in July, Cruz enraged the crowd when he refused to endorse Trump. Instead, Cruz told convention attendees to vote their “conscience.”
Cruz’s speech can be viewed below, courtesy of PBS News Hour via YouTube.
Trump has found himself in hot water following his request to Russian hackers. The request has even affected his favorability among voters. A poll conducted by Morning Consult found that two-fifths of all respondents said Trump’s remarks gave them a less favorable view of the Republican nominee. Trump’s comments particularly affected his favorability with independent voters. One-third of independents polled said that they now view Trump less favorably following his plea to Russia.
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