The smell of criminality of the last four years is unprecedented in our national life. It should not be swept under the rug, and there must be accountability. — Rep. Bill Pascrell, 12-term lawmaker, New Jersey Democrat and co-chairman of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus
The smell of criminality of the last four years is unprecedented in our national life. It should not be swept under the rug, and there must be accountability. — Rep. Bill Pascrell, 12-term lawmaker, New Jersey Democrat and co-chairman of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus
Democrats agitating for a Trump 'truth commission' that investigates the outgoing president's COVID-19 response, business entanglements, and border separation policies
  • Several prominent members of Congress and government reform groups say a 9/11 Commission-style bipartisan probe of the Trump administration's failings is essential to overcoming them.
  • "We cannot simply let these things go," Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, told Insider.
  • But President-elect Joe Biden appears motivated to move beyond the Trump presidency, and some in Congress are reluctant to spend time and energy reliving the past four years.
  • Expect many, if not most, Republicans to resist. A Republican National Committee spokesman called the idea of such a commission "a bogus continuation of the partisan witch hunts."
Atop Capitol Hill, Congressional Democrats have never given President Donald Trump a moment's peace, waylaying him with multiple House inquiries that bled into full-blown impeachment.

But several members of Congress and prominent government reform-minded organizations tell Insider they want even more from the 117th Congress and President-elect Joe Biden: a Trump "truth commission" that autopsies the outgoing president's tempestuous tenure.

This Trump truth commission could probe the White House's COVID-19 response, the government separating immigrant children from their parents, and the blurring of lines among Trump's governmental, political, and business interests, among other matters.

With the backing of Congress and the president, the commission could compel witness testimony, produce a public report, and offer recommendations for improving national governance.