Oversight Democrats Ready To Pounce On Trump If They Win The House

Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are poised to launch several investigations into the Trump administration should they take back control of the House on Election Day.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the top Democrat on the committee who would likely become the new committee chairman, is expected to pursue charges of waste, fraud, and abuse within the Trump administration. A Democratic aide on the committee said that could include the Trump administration’s security clearance policy, “multiple ethics scandals” involving senior administration officials, the administration’s U.S.-Mexico border policies, and the administration’s “troubling pattern of politically-motivated attacks on government watchdogs, ethics experts, law enforcement officials, and career government employees.”

Democratic leaders of both the House Oversight and House Judiciary Committees could also go forward with dozens of subpoena requests and investigations that they say have been stifled by Republicans.

One Republican strategist said he expects Democrats will launch “so many investigations and hand out so many subpoenas that they could conceivably bring the government to a grinding halt.”

“Their goal is not to be a check on the Trump administration but to end the Trump administration,” Ford O’Connell told the Washington Examiner. “Their focus would likely be Trump’s personal finances and the personal finances of others in the White House and conflicts of interests. But this won’t be about transparency and good government, it’ll be about settling scores and getting even.”

Read more from Kelly Cohen at the Washington Examiner

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