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A Democratic House could probe Trump business ties overseas

10 November 2018, 11:02 | Darnell Patrick

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On the other hand, Republicans gained seats in the Senate, where their margin of control in the current Congress has been a single seat.

Midterm elections are typically hard for the party in power, but the GOP's hold on power was further weakened by an unusually large number of retirements as well as infighting between conservatives and centrists over their allegiance to Trump. In a remarkable scene, he called out defeated Republicans by name - "Too bad, Mike" at one moment, "Mia Love gave me no love and she lost" at another - and blamed them for not embracing his agenda.

Now that they have taken control of the House from the Republicans, Democratic leaders of many committees will have subpoena powers enabling them to obtain documents, email and testimony. He threw himself into the campaign, issuing warnings about a caravan of Latin American migrants headed to the border with Mexico and condemnations of liberal American "mobs" he says oppose him.

"It's not like we're going to go drunk-crazy with subpoenas". This serves up an additional check on what the new but narrow Democratic majority will be able to do legislatively in the next two years.

Anticipating the possibility of keeping the Senate but losing the House, aides in recent days had laid out the political reality to Trump, who could face an onslaught of Democratic-run investigations.

But despite the apparent setback, President Trump responded with a celebratory tweet, calling it a "tremendous success" after the Republicans retained control of the Senate.

The Senate leader is considered to be the third most powerful person in the federal government after the president and the deputy president.

The 2018 midterm election is still not entirely over. Nancy Pelosi to reclaim her title as Speaker of the House. He has yet to come up with a derogatory nickname for her, as he has with many of his other Democratic foes, although that could certainly change.

So far, the administration has ignored their questions. And still, the GOP lost control of the House.

For example, Cummings and other Democratic lawmakers previous year filed a federal lawsuit demanding disclosures of records to determine how Trump was approved by the General Services Administration to maintain the lease of the Trump International Hotel in Washington after he became president.

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"I do think we need the Intelligence Committee to do a deep dive - a probe", Schiff told ABC News last month.

The U.S. midterm elections results are out: It's a split. "It is about restoring the Constitution's checks and balances to the Trump administration".

Mark Meadows of North Carolina, the Republican who is now chairman of the Oversight subcommittee on government operations and a close Trump ally, said he respects Cummings and will be willing to work with him on "true oversight".

Those lines on congressional maps, drawn by Republican legislatures and governors after the 2010 census, have been widely acknowledged as the most efficient and effective gerrymandering in the two centuries that both parties have practiced it.

Republicans point to comments like those from Democrat Maxine Waters of California, a favorite Trump target of ridicule, who is likely to head the Financial Services Committee.

"It's at the top of our agenda", she said.

Waters and other Democrats have been clamoring for details about Trump's relationship with German-based Deutsche Bank and what it may know about links between the president and Russian Federation.

For Moscow, the Democratic victory means a probable reopening of the congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election. Much of what his panel does could depend on the timing and content of Mueller's report.

When Cummings and other Democrats asked a year ago for records detailing Trump's separation from his businesses, they received an eight-page glossy pamphlet and a single email. CBS News has not independently confirmed the authenticity of that list. During the campaign, they barely mentioned their only major policy accomplishment, their giant tax cut for the rich. The members aren't allowed to release them publicly, though.

On Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Trump said he wants to "study whatever is being said". Drug stocks could come under pressure on a bipartisan plan to rein in drug prices. That's three more seats than the GOP holds now, and it may be enough to insulate the party against Democratic attacks in the next election.

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