How Democrats in the House plan to turn speech into reality

How Democrats in the House plan to turn speech into reality

Democratic resistance to President Trump is going to shift from rhetoric to reality in the wake of the midterm results.

With Democrats set to take control of the House of Representatives next year, Trump will suddenly find himself vulnerable to congressional investigations and hearings on everything from his relationship with Russia to his personal finances.

Nancy Pelosi, the previous and presumptive new House speaker, vowed Wednesday that her party would bring “accountability” to a variety of presidential policies, including the separation of migrant families detained at the Mexican border.

“We want to look into that and we would hope that we could do so by simply having oversight. If, in fact, it requires a subpoena, I hope not, but so be it,” she said.

Key House committees are likely to wind up in the hands of some of Trump’s harshest critics, including Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, who’s vowed wide-ranging investigations of the administration if he becomes chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Other Democrats poised to give Trump fits include California Rep. Adam Schiff, who’s set to take over the Intelligence Committee, which in April issued a report that cleared Trump and his associates of colluding with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

On Tuesday night, Schiff told MSNBC that he planned “to look at the work that the GOP obstructed on our committee,” accusing Republicans of being “complicit in the president’s attacks on the independence of the Justice Department, on the men and women of the FBI, on our intelligence community.”

California Rep. Eric Swalwell, said Wednesday Democrats would use their new power to get copies of Trump’s tax returns.

“The American people will see his tax returns, not because of any voyeuristic interest but because they should know if he’s corrupt,” Swalwell told NBC’s “Today” show.

But liberals hell-bent on seeing Trump impeached may wind up disappointed, with New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the likely chairman of the Judiciary Committee, telling CNN that it’s “way too early” to consider that move.

For his part, Trump warned that he’d assume a “war-like posture” if House Democrats started slapping his administration with subpoenas.

“They can play that game, but we can play it better,” Trump said.