House Republicans are trying to get rid of the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
That includes an ethics probe of the House speaker, the Senate majority leader, and the majority whip.
The House Ethics Committee will investigate the allegations made by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that the speaker made false statements about her relationship with the FBI about her contacts with the Russian government.
The special counsel’s investigation has been the focus of an aggressive effort by the GOP to block the special prosecutor from conducting his investigation, which could potentially lead to a trial or other legal action against the GOP.
The investigation is also one of the main reasons the House has not approved a vote on the budget, the most important piece of legislation in the yearlong 2018 budget process.
That vote has been delayed because of a lawsuit by the Democratic Party.
The GOP has pushed for the investigation to be kept secret and for a subpoena to be issued by a special prosecutor, meaning a grand jury would not have to be convened to begin the investigation.
But some Republicans have expressed reservations about using a subpoena in that case.
The new investigation could further complicate the legislative process for next year’s budget, which will have to pass through the Senate and is expected to be final by the end of March.
The president has not been asked about the special investigation during his recent press briefing, but he has been clear about his frustration with Democrats.
Trump has previously questioned whether Democrats are working for the Russians, and has suggested that the investigation into the matter could prove politically damaging to Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections.
The president has called for the special prosecutors investigation to remain secret, which is the reason Republicans are refusing to give a vote for the budget.
The Republicans are also pushing to delay the vote on a budget resolution, which has been stalled by a lawsuit from the Democratic-led Senate.
The Democrats say they need a vote before they can bring up the budget for the full Senate.
Democrats have already called on Republicans to vote against the budget because it contains a provision that would allow a Republican to subpoena the special investigator.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters Monday that he expects that Republican leaders will vote for that resolution.
Democrats also have been pushing Republicans to hold off on voting on the resolution because of the ongoing investigation into former FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the investigation of Russian meddling in the election.
Democrats have called for Comey’s dismissal, saying he failed to protect the country from Russian interference.