02/09/17 04:45 PM EST
© Greg Nash
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) unveiled a special resolution Thursday that could force the House to vote to demand documents from the Justice Department regarding President Trump’s business conflicts of interest and possible ties to Russia.
Nadler is invoking a rarely used maneuver called a resolution of inquiry, which must be either considered by a committee within 14 legislative days or automatically brought to the House floor for a vote.
The measure unveiled Thursday will first go to the House Judiciary Committee, which can green-light it for floor consideration or vote it out “unfavorably” to prevent it from reaching the floor.
Nadler said he’s turning to a resolution of inquiry because Democrats’ requests to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to investigate Trump’s ongoing ties to his businesses have so far been ignored.
It's the most aggressive move on the issue yet from Democrats on Capitol Hill, who are limited in their ability to make demands of the Trump administration.