Republicans in the Senate are calling on Trump Donald John TrumpTrump: Dems playing destructive ‘con game’ with Kavanaugh Several Yale Law classmates who backed Kavanaugh call for misconduct investigation Freedom Caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify or resign MORE to explain the water-main break that affected millions of Americans.
Senators Ted Cruz Rafael (Ted) Edward CruzBredesen says he won’t back Schumer for Senate Dem leader Biden hits back at calls for Kavanaugh investigation The Hill’s Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh, accuser speak out MORE (R-Texas) and Jeff Flake Jeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeHouse panel advances bill to end Federal Meddling in Medicaid rollover bill The Hill will investigate how ‘super PACs’ spent on 2018 election MORE (Ariz.) also issued a joint statement.
“Water shutoffs have affected millions in the United States.
We are calling for an immediate and full investigation by the Trump Administration,” the senators said in a joint letter.
“As we all know, the Department of Justice has already investigated the water shutoffs and is investigating whether anyone within the Trump administration was involved.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee has sent a letter to Trump’s top aides, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions Jefferson (Jeff), David Wilkins SessionsKavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation into sexual misconduct allegations Senate Democrats delay Kavanaugh confirmation for one-week FBI investigation MORE, as well as Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price Thomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceWhite House, Senate aides meet to discuss opioid spending Trump Jr., Price testify on Capitol Hill: report MORE, requesting information about the extent of the damage caused by the water outage, which occurred at about 2:30 a.m.
Sen. Claire McCaskill Claire Conner McCaskelCotton, McCaskall, Brown back Trump tariffs, Trump: GOP’s worst nightmare Cotton says Dems are trying to ‘obliterate’ GOP in 2018 election Cuts, debt relief MORE (D-Mo.) is one of three senators who sent a joint message with Flake, the other two being Rep. John Culberson John David CulbenerHouse GOP postpones vote on Kavanaugh vote, says committee will meet later this week House GOP postpons vote on Senate-passed bill on Kavanaugh MORE (Calif.) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski Lisa Ann MurkowskiGOP senator’s bid to derail Kavanaugh takes another hit amid Kavanaugh investigation Republicans push forward on Kavanaugh nomination after FBI probe MORE (Alaska).
“President Trump should answer questions about the water shutdown and why it occurred,” the lawmakers wrote.
“Americans deserve answers to these important questions.”
Republicans in the House on Friday also released a letter from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Kevin Patrick McCarthyGOP says Kavanaugh will face confirmation in coming weeks Senate GOP to delay Kavanaugh vote in special election Flake refuses to return vote to Senate Dems’ 2018 hopes fade as Kavanaugh probe heats up MORE (Texas) demanding an “investigation” by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), which is charged with investigating potential federal violations.
The letter comes after Trump ordered the Department to “review the impacts of the water system outage” on communities, and called for an investigation into the matter.
The OSC said in the letter that the government is committed to conducting a thorough and independent investigation.
It did not specify whether the investigation would focus on the breach, but the letter said “it will be possible to identify and address any remaining operational issues.”
Trump has said that the outage affected many areas of the country, including large parts of the Midwest, the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast.
In the wake of the incident, the president has ordered federal agencies to suspend operations.
The House is scheduled to vote on an emergency funding bill on Monday.