The Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives gives the party new legal firepower to investigate the Trump administration, including the power to demand the tax returns of the president and the financial records. As soon as the Democrats officially take control of the house in January, it is expected that the new chairpersons of the main congressional committees will launch summonses and investigate and demand that the Trump administration officials publicly testify under oath on various topics.
Some of these claims are likely to face legal challenges for Trump's legal team, who will argue that certain information is protected by privacy Executive privilege.
But on Tuesday's election The results provide the White House, however, in addition to the ongoing criminals of an intense new review, which is already under investigation by the special advisor Robert Müller in a possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. What will the Democrats pursue first?
Tax returns and bank records of Trump
The upcoming chairman of the finance committee of the house, Maxine Waters, is now a thorn in the side of Trump. Deutsche Bank, where executives are already preparing to testify about their relationship with the president, is expected to use their summons to request US Treasury access to Trump's tax returns and possibly his private bank records. Waters may also request that the US Treasury release information about suspicious financial transactions between Trump and his team and the Kremlin. This type of questioning may lead to new information about the business of Deutsche Bank in Moscow and work for Russian oligarchs.
Trump's personal enrichment and alleged corruption
Hours later, when it became clear that he was the next probable chairman of the House's oversight committee, experienced Congressman Elijah Cummings said he had intended to investigate Trump for allegedly enriching himself by leaving foreign leaders in the Trump organization's hotel in Washington. Under the US Constitution, it is illegal for a president to accept payments from foreign leaders.
Russia investigation and obstruction of justice
For two years, Republicans have been monitoring issues in Congress over the possible agreement of the Trump campaign with the Kremlin to win the 2016 election. Now, Adam Schiff, the next chairman of the US intelligence committee, has pledged to make the issue his top priority, including a close look at whether Russia has an impact on the president by investing in Trump's business empire. Ship is likely to receive the support and cooperation of former intelligence and national security experts. He could also gather more information as to whether Trump had attempted to interfere with the FBI's investigation into the President's relations with Moscow when he dismissed the FBI director, James Comey.
The confirmation of the new Supreme Court nominee was one of the most controversial episodes in the first two years of Trump's presidency and one that is still surrounded by unanswered questions. Jerry Nadler, the incoming chairman of Parliament's Judiciary Committee, has promised to re-examine whether Brett Kavanaugh has condemned himself during his hearings when he was asked about allegations of sexual assault. Other members of the congress also asked why two men were at the beginning came forward and suggested that they had made a suspected attack on one of the prosecutors of Kavanaugh. Congressman Elijah Cummings, who heads the oversight body, has suggested that the seemingly false confessions could have been part of a Republican effort to shield Kavanaugh. The FBI's background check – known as "sham" by Democrats – is likely to be reviewed as well.
Other possible lines of inquiry include: Why former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, were given a security clearance when they entered the White House, although their access to classified information bothered some national security experts; how the Trump campaign spent millions on presidential donations; and whether the former lawyer of the President, Michael Cohen, improperly received corporate donations from AT & T and others in exchange for favors of the Trump administration.
The new thorns in Trump's side
The incoming 79-year-old chairman of the House's Finance Committee was a frequent target of Trump and ridiculed as a "low IQ". We'll soon understand why Trump does not like her. California has represented Waters constantly asking for information about the affairs of Trump's private banks and possible connections to Russia. She will soon have the power to demand answers from Trump's largest lender, Deutsche Bank. She called Trump an immoral "bastard" and was a target of the bombing campaign that Trump critics have singled out.
The acting chairman of the House Judiciary Committee will play an important role in a possible future impeachment case if Trump is accused of violating the law, of being conspiring with the Kremlin or of obstructing justice by Special Prosecutor Robert Müller. New York Congressman Nadler wants to investigate whether Brett Kavanaugh, the supreme court, has lied under oath during the hearings.
The incoming chairman of the House's oversight committee has many issues he wishes to investigate, including whether Trump has done so improperly in office. Cummings said he wants to investigate whether the government has profited illegally from foreign leaders at the Hotel Trump. Cummings is also trying to investigate the voting rights and the incarceration of minority voters.
The California Democrat and the new presumptive Chairman of the House's intelligence committee was the most Democratic critic of Trump's alleged ties to Russia and his investigation. Schiff wants to pursue whether Trump in Russia has financial obligations that could jeopardize the president. Hours after the Democratic House's victory, he would not rule out testifying Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., before a public hearing.