Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Trump Threatens to Investigate Democrats if They Probe His Administration

The blue wave never came but voters did rebuke a heedless headstrong president Democrats pick up US governorships but lose Florida, Ohio
Steven Clarke | 09 November, 2018, 23:10

NBC News puts the current vote count at 99% reporting with DeSantis 4,052,246, Gillum 3,996,906 - a difference of 55,340 votes out of over 8 million.

The election marks "the end of the Republican legislative agenda and the beginning of an era of accountability for President Trump", says Vox.

Trump is scheduled to "discuss our success in the Midterms!" at a White House news conference later Wednesday. Aides had been quietly prepared for this outcome for weeks and will now kick into overdrive before the new Congress takes office in January. Nor are Democrats likely to craft a governing coalition so long as they cleave to the country's increasingly discredited elites. "The American people will see his tax returns, not because of any voyeuristic interest, but because they should know if he's corrupt", Swalwell said. That will subject Trump's decision-making - as well as his personal finances and potential conflicts of interest - to deeper public and private examination by key committees, as the national focus shifts to the 2020 presidential election. The president welcomes that fight.

A House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaced of collusion by his campaign, or of obstruction by the president of the federal investigation.

"They can play that game, but we can play it better".

It was unclear what leaks he was referring to.

Now that Democrats have won control of the U.S. House of Representatives, they will be able to force administration officials to testify and provide documents.

The central strategy: play defense by going on offense and turning the public against Democratic investigations by painting the probes as overreach created to cause gridlock. He called the White House accusations "a lie".

In Texas, voters showed you can't always buy elections.

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On the morning after the Midterm elections, where the Democrats regained control of the House, Donald Trump said something NICE about Nancy Pelosi. In a tweet Trump said that Pelosi "has earned this great honor" and suggested the Republican party could help her secure the job.

The others are Elijah Cummings at the House Oversight Committee; Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee, derided by Trump as "sleazy;" and Maxine Waters at the Financial Services Committee, who Trump has said has "extraordinarily low IQ".

Beyond Pelosi, the GOP also will run aggressive ad campaigns and unleash talking-point attacks against the committee leaders who will run the probes. Jerry Nadler, who will probably chair the Judiciary Committee next year, told CNN. Before this election we had zero, not one member of an 18-seat congressional delegation that was a woman.

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while about 25 percent said they voted to express support for Trump. Fueled by a steady diet of chocolate, she crisscrossed 30 cities in a 31-day rush aimed at boosting Democratic candidates.

New York Democratic Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to supporters, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Queens, New York, after defeating Republican challenger Anthony Pappas in the race for the 14th Congressional district. The majority party in the House controls nearly all of the subpoena power and other investigative tools.

"In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats", the president tweeted.

"The White House should drag it out, bog it down, take the momentum away and make it go on forever, " said Gingrich. Democrats could also target Sens.

True, Republicans lost the House of Representatives, and that constitutes a blow to the president and his party. White House aides sounded a note of pessimism that a sweeping legislative deal on immigration or infrastructure could be struck but thought there could be bipartisan energy on issues like criminal justice reform and opioids. In Georgia, the Republican gubernatorial candidate who was also overseeing his own election tried dirty tricks out of the Tayyip Erdoğan handbook to keep Democrats from voting.

The result is ongoing political instability-rather like what we've been experiencing only more so.

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