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READ: Rep. Elijah Cummings Says ‘I Want to Probe Senior Administration Officials Across the Government Who Have Abused Their Positions of Power’

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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 23: Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) delivers remarks while responding to the House Republican's unveiling of their "Pledge to America" outside of the Democratic National Committee headquarters September 23, 2010 in Washington, DC. House Democrats attacked the pledge as a public relations stunt that would take the country back to the economic and tax policies of former President George W. Bush. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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.

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.

“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.

Many agree that Cummings, a noted critic of the administration, will be a “force to be reckoned with” as chair of the Oversight Committee.

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