Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Trump Threatens to Investigate Democrats if They Probe His Administration

Trump Threatens to Investigate Democrats if They Probe His Administration

Mr Trump's remarks on party dynamics came after Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said he had spoken with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi about how they might "find a way forward" in a divided Congress next year. Already the only woman to have held the job, she would also become one of the few lawmakers to reclaim the gavel after losing it. Democrats will likely harden policies on Russian Federation and North Korea, while possibly even preventing Trump from imposing harsh restrictions on Iran and China. It was a role reversal from just days ago, when he warned voters of her "radical" agenda.

'They can play that game but we can play it better, ' he said at a White House press conference when asked about threats from House Democrats who want to investigate his financial records. All the while, the Senate is set to continue to methodically confirm Trump's nominees to the courts while holding a check on any Democrat-led legislation in the House.

Yet ascent of the California Democrat is nowhere near guaranteed.

Paramount PicturesBut that would be a pointless exercise, because the Senate (and the House) are not elected by a single national "popular vote". They are reluctant to shout the name "Pelosi" when the cameras zoom in during the first roll call of Congress, fearful of the attack ads that will be launched against them. Of those respondents, three-quarters said they were Republicans, and Kennedy said it reflects the effectiveness of campaign messages about immigration leading up to this week.

The two have reasons to cooperate.

Democrats have had their eye on other Sun Belt states in recent presidential elections, namely Georgia, Arizona and Texas. They talked on election night about doing an infrastructure package and lowering health care costs, particularly around prescription drugs, priorities for both sides.

"While the GOP attempts to divide and distract the public from their tax scam for the rich and their assault on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and people with pre-existing conditions, Democrats across the country are focused on bringing people together", Nancy said in a letter to her colleagues, per NBC News.

New York Democrat Jerrold Nadler, the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said it was "way too early" to discuss that step.

Democrats also closed the GOP's 27-11 supermajority in the Senate, shrinking the gap to 22-16.

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"It's not like we're going to go drunk-crazy with subpoenas". But becoming speaker requires a majority of the full House, 218 votes, and her slim majority - now at 222 - leaves her little cushion.

But is this similar to the "shellacking" that Democrats got during the Obama administration's first midterms vote in 2010? No.

Democrats dominate the big urban centres and Trump, heading a reconstituted Republican Party, has tightened the GOP's grip on rural America. "Ya es tiempo de un cambio!" he echoed his statement in Spanish.

The Democrats soundly routed the Republicans in the House and lost seats to them in the upper chamber because, to put it simply, different rules govern elections for the two chambers.

Both candidacies are a direct affront to Clyburn, the highest-ranking African-American in Congress, who is in line to become the whip.

Overall, 43 House Republicans didn't seek re-election, the most GOP has seen in 88 years, Trump said. "Those that did not, say goodbye!" Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa., was re-elected to the House. "But the math is very hard for her, and it's inescapable".

She said she would not move to impeach Mr Trump unless at least some Republicans were on board.

Unexpectedly Mr Trump also announced that Vice President Mike Pence would be his running mate once again in the 2020 presidential election, when he hopes to capture a second term in the White House.

The new balance of power in Washington has lots of people looking at things through a new lens. "But it may seem that way because we are coming off a two-year drought of no subpoenas", said Representative Gerald Connolly of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Oversight subcommittee on government operations. Democrat Stacey Abrams formed a litigation team for possible legal challenges that could send the contest to a runoff election. Tester of Montana almost lost his race too, barely claiming victory the day after the election, despite strong predictions in his favor and that many perceived his Republican challenger as not authentically Montanan. He said he would be happy to help "supply her the necessary votes".

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