PRESIDENT: ‘I think I’m better at that game than they are, actually, but we’ll find out…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) With Democrats in control of the House, there are at least 85 investigations the Democratic Party plans to undertake over the next two years, according to a new report by Axios.
The House committees will each prioritize a particular topic, said incoming House Intel Committee Adam Schiff.
These could range from Trump’s past business dealings with Russia to the administration’s current relationship with North Korea.
Republicans are already preparing themselves for many of these potential investigations, including oversight into Trump’s tax returns, the president’s family business, his presidential campaign’s payment to Stormy Daniels, the travel ban, the family separation policy, Cabinet secretary travel, the White House staff’s personal email use, and more.
Schiff told Axios he also wants to investigate Trump’s targeting of the press, referencing the president’s frequent attacks on CNN and the Washington Post.
Republicans in the House Oversight Committee blocked 64 subpoena requests submitted by Democrats as of September.
But now that Democrats have the majority beginning in January, these investigations will become much more common. One senior Democratic official told Axios they are preparing a “subpoena cannon.”
Trump said he’s adopting a “warlike posture” in anticipation of the probes.
The president said he’d use the Senate Republican majority to investigate Democrats if they abuse the subpoena power.
“I think I’m better at that game than they are, actually, but we’ll find out,” Trump said at a press conference last week, reports Fox News.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who hopes to reclaim the House Speakership, said the midterm elections were about “restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration.” She said Democrats will bring back “accountability.”
“In sharp contrast to the GOP Congress, a Democratic Congress will be led with transparency and openness, so the public can see what’s happening and how it affects them,” Pelosi said.