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Democrats have been promising oversight of the Trump administration for months if they get a House majority—and now they will have the numbers to investigate the president’s business interests, tax returns, possible Russian ties, and other matters.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., who will be House Judiciary Committee chairman when the new majority takes control in January, has big game in mind.
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Nadler has talked to fellow lawmakers about impeaching both President Donald Trump over Russia and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh over alleged perjury during his heated Senate confirmation, The Federalist reported Wednesday.
Other incoming House committee chairmen have pledged more aggressive oversight of the president as well.
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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., will be chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., will lead the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
“I want to probe senior administration officials across the government who have abused their positions of power and wasted taxpayer money, as well as President Trump’s decisions to act in his own financial self-interest rather than the best interests of the American people,” Cummings said after the midterm elections.
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Given the divided Congress—Republicans will continue to control the Senate—investigating may be the only way House Democrats see having an impact.
“There aren’t many other ways to make their mark. They can’t pass legislation, so it’s hard to imagine they’re not focused on investigations,” Curt Levey, president of the Committee for Justice, a conservative legal group, told The Daily Signal. “They will likely frame it as holding the administration accountable, but their base will demand nothing short of impeachment.”
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However, oversight doesn’t just involve political gotcha and can be productive in a bipartisan way, one ethics watchdog said.
“We should see a concentration on disaster relief contracts and cybersecurity,” Liz Hempowicz, director of public policy for the Project on Government Oversight, told The Daily Signal....
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