Now that Democrats have formally taken control of the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump will find himself having to comply with investigations into members of his administration.
Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who will chair the House Oversight Committee, has signaled he will launch probes into the Trump administration after taking office on January 3:
“I want to look at all the things the president has done that go against the mandates of our Founding Fathers in the Constitution,” he said. “We need accountability, transparency, integrity, and honesty from this Administration.”
Cummings has wasted no time: His committee has already compiled a list of 64 subpoenas and inquiries into Trump administration activities that were denied when Republicans controlled the chamber. The budget for the Democrats will allow them to hire lawyers and investigators and fill key staffing positions.
The majority will have the power to issue subpoenas and demand records and testimony from administration officials. The majority will also have the power to request the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) turn over Trump’s tax returns, which he has made every effort to conceal from public view.
Dem majority in House won’t be enjoyable for WH. I spoke w two key committee chairs, Elijah Cummings and Jerry Nadler, and they lay out what they want to do: Cummings: Probe voting rights and whether Trump violated emoluments clause. “We probably will” seek Trump tax returns
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 7, 2018
Cummings says that he will not lose sight of issues important to his constituents, such as the high prices of prescription drugs, as he contends with investigating the Trump administration.
Cummings said they would also look into matters involving the use of security clearances in the Trump administration — and day-to-day issues affecting many Americans, such as high prices of prescription drugs and insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 7, 2018
“I’m not looking for retribution, life is too short,” he said. While we are dealing with whatever may come in the storm of Trump, I have to keep in mind that there are people who have to live day to day.”
Cummings retained his seat representing Maryland’s Seventh District, receiving 76 percent of the vote according to the most up to date returns. He thanked his supporters as the race was called last night.
“I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve you,” he wrote.
Thank you, voters of Maryland’s seventh district for showing your faith in me and electing me to represent you in Congress. I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve you. https://t.co/j24XCohyu2
— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) November 7, 2018
Many agree that Cummings, a noted critic of the administration, will be a “force to be reckoned with” as chair of the Oversight Committee.
Elijah Cummings chairing House Oversight will be a force to be reckoned with.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) November 7, 2018
Of all the ups and downs of election night up and down the ballot, the single most consequential result could be this:
House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md.
— Gregory Korte (@gregorykorte) November 7, 2018
As Trump revels in key Senate victories, he should think about this:
— Elijah Cummings will be chair of the Oversight Cmte
— Adam Schiff will be chair of the Intel Cmte
— Jerry Nadler will be chair of the Judiciary Cmte
— Maxine Waters will be chair of the House Fin Serv Cmte
— Brian Goldsmith (@GoldsmithB) November 7, 2018
I’m looking forward to Elijah Cummings sitting @USRepGaryPalmer down and giving Rep. Palmer a civics lesson about why their Oversight Committee will proceed with massive investigations of Trump’s massive conflicts of interest. #alpolitics https://t.co/GUeSHzENWm
— Rob Shattuck (@RobShattuckAL06) November 6, 2018