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Thu Nov 8, 2018, 02:41 PM

Republicans Weaponized the House. Now, Democrats Will Use It Against Trump


The president is in the bull’s-eye.

November 7, 2018, 4:36 PM EST Updated on November 7, 2018, 7:24 PM EST

The Nov. 6 elections ended two years of unfettered Republican control of Washington and brought the curtain down on what will likely be—despite its exhausting, near-constant chaos—the smoothest period of Donald Trump’s presidency. Really. Things will get even rockier from here.

The Democrats coming to Washington are younger, more diverse, more female, and more liberal than before. They’ll control the U.S. House of Representatives and the subpoena power it grants them—and they’ll be mindful that voters sent them to Congress to act as a check on Trump.

The Republicans who survived the midterm purge are older, whiter, and Trumpier than before. They were sent to Washington not to check Trump, but to supercharge his agenda. The new Republican senators who defeated red-state Democrats in places such as North Dakota and Missouri won’t forget that the president’s closing message of angry nativism propelled them to victory. Even in the House, the far-right, pro-Trump Freedom Caucus expanded its power within the GOP caucus, because practically every Republican with bipartisan inclinations—and there weren’t many—was defeated. Come January, it will be as hard to spot a moderate Republican on Capitol Hill as a yeti.

Predicting the political future can be a futile endeavor, especially in the age of Trump, when the national agenda can hinge on the morning’s Fox & Friends panel. But one certainty apparent even to the president’s most ardent supporters is that Trump alone will no longer set that agenda, as he’s been accustomed to doing since he jumped into the presidential race in the summer of 2015. The Democratic House will make sure of that. “Between appropriations and oversight, between the gavel and the subpoenas, they’re going to grind the Trump program to a halt,” says Steve Bannon, Trump’s erstwhile chief strategist. “It’ll be the Moscow Show Trials every day. It’ll be Stalingrad.”

That could greatly aid the Democratic cause, but it could backfire if, instead of exercising accountability, they use their subpoena power to haul Trump officials before Congress simply for the purpose of political theater. Already, Democrats have signaled their plans to investigate Trump’s tax returns, Russian election meddling, and White House interference with the U.S. Department of Justice—a subject that will rocket to the fore if Trump tries to halt Robert Mueller’s special counsel probe (which became a little more exposed after the forced resignation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions). A damning report from Mueller that exposes Russian collusion with the Trump campaign could touch off impeachment proceedings. But even short of that, Trump’s administration offers a bounty for Democrats to pursue. “The waste, fraud, and abuse is plain to see,” says Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, who’s in line to become chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee, which has an almost unlimited purview to launch investigations and demand documents and testimony from the administration.

One reason Trump supporters such as Bannon fear Democratic oversight is that Republicans have spent years broadening and weaponizing the already formidable powers of the House majority party. For decades after Joe McCarthy’s Red Scare, the Oversight Committee was run as a gentlemanly partnership between the parties. To guard against abuse, the chairman typically had to gain the consent of the ranking member to issue a subpoena or else win a committee vote. Republicans changed this rule in 1997 to invest their Oversight chairman, Dan Burton of Indiana, with unilateral subpoena power, something he employed with astonishing zeal as he tried to take down President Bill Clinton. Burton issued 1,052 unilateral subpoenas during his five-year chairmanship, according to a calculation by the committee’s minority staff. In 2015, Republicans changed the rules again, expanding unilateral subpoena power to 14 committee chairmen to help them go after Barack Obama’s administration.

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RCW2014 Thursday OP
Frankenvoter Thursday #1
rahtruelies Thursday #2
Independent.mind Thursday #9
Lifelong Thursday #3
Carl Thursday #5
Gunslinger201 Thursday #4
Lifelong Thursday #11
Charlie Mike Thursday #6
bernt-toast Thursday #7
Nostrings Thursday #8
Steelydamned Thursday #10

Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 03:01 PM

1. Nothing gets past the senate

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 03:14 PM

2. more from faux news

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Response to rahtruelies (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 04:39 PM

9. More Junk Food Posting

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 03:34 PM

3. Let the subpoenas fly!

"The Democrats coming to Washington are younger, more diverse, more female, and more liberal than before."

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Response to Lifelong (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 03:35 PM

5. The Holder doctrine will apply.

Let us also remember the Clinton Doctrine of dealing with subpoena.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 03:34 PM

4. Start with investigating Kavanaugh

Now that the FBI has determined they were lies against him

Get Professionals involved...and watch the backfire all over DiFi and Kamala (toe), Fake Viet Vet Blumenthal and the Dragon Lady

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 05:06 PM

11. Send the House your requests for investigations.

Could be on the list already, but great request still.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 03:37 PM

6. Lefty hates that his coup was ruined.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 04:22 PM

7. bring it

fools!

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 04:36 PM

8. "Do your worst...", ladies.

Bring it.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 04:39 PM

10. I myself....

....am perfectly fine with political gridlock. If they spend all their time issuing subpoenas and investigations, that's less time they have to fuck everything else up.

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