“The American people have demanded accountability from their government,” ~Representative Jerrold Nadler, the New York Democrat
I truly hope that every single one of you will start to see some good sleep again, as we set out on the eve of Democratic House control. We know that without a doubt there is going to be a microscope on every aspect of Donald Trump’s life, and stolen Presidency. Democrats are going to unleash a hell-fire of subpoenas for his administration and cabinet, as well as begin to investigate his associations and improper business dealings while in office.
While I’m all for a good Twitter beef, especially one that involves having Trump’s ass handed to him by Pelosi, it should be noted that Pelosi isn’t really the one that Trump needs to fear…the most. Let’s be honest, he hasn’t been calling her Low IQ, and “Schitt” recently. He’s nefarious for his name calling and thug behavior on Twitter, and he has a long history with one of the new House leaders in particular, but despite his chest bumping bravado and name calling, he’s not ready for what’s about to happen to him.
This set of Democrats poised to take over the house are not your grandmother’s Democratic party. These phoenixes have risen from the Republican ashes of a crumbling democracy and now have all the subpoena power in the world and are READY to use it to put an end to this madness.
“If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level. Two can play that game!”
So who are these men and women that Trump should be worried about? Let’s line them up:
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Rep. Jerry Nadler (NY)
Trump and Rep Nadler have had beef since the early 1980’s when they went head to head about a real estate transaction in Manhattan while Nadler was still serving as the New York State Assembly. Nadler wasn’t elected to congress until 1992.
Trump called Nadler, “one of the most egregious hacks in contemporary politics” in his book, “The America We Deserve”, (undoubtedly ghostwritten, in 2000).
Immigration, voting rights, and Justice Department oversight are just three of the politically charged issues under the committee’s jurisdiction.
That means Nadler, who has represented Manhattan’s West Side, the financial district, and a sliver of Brooklyn for nearly three decades in the House, controls the gavel of the committee where Congress carries out impeachment proceedings.
“If you’re serious about removing a president from office, what you’re really doing is overturning the result of the last election,” Nadler said. “You don’t want to have a situation where you tear this country apart and for the next 30 years half the country’s saying ‘We won the election, you stole it.”
Although impeachment seems to be tabled for now, or at least, a long way off – Nadler still has PLENTY to keep him busy other than twirling his gavel for the next two years. He’s made promises to look into the circumstances surrounding the departure of Jeff Sessions, Russia’s ongoing electoral interference and divisional campaigns, Russian and American “cooperation” agreements between member’s of Trump’s inner circle, including his children. Nadler has stated that no investigation will interfere or supersede that of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Nadler has made it clear that one of his major priorities is to reach bipartisan legislation on immigration, which has yet to be accomplished.
“I’m convinced he (Trump) has no idea what’s about to happen: the fact that the House now has wide-ranging authority to investigate every inch of his administration. He’ll deny six ways to Sunday that anything’s going to change, but the reality is that his world’s turned upside down as of this mid-terms,” stated Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist.
The White House can respond to committee demands by citing executive privilege in some circumstances, but that will likely result in court battles. Whatever attempt at obstruction Trump and his cronies pull, Nadler is ready for it.
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Adam Schiff (CA)
Ahhh! You know, I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but Trump calling the most powerful member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Sleazy Adam Schiff, Liddle’ Adam Schiff and most recently “little Adam Schitt” – must mean he has Trump scared “Schittless”.
“At the end of the day, what should concern us most is anything that can have a continuing impact on the foreign policy and national-security policy of the United States, and, if the Russians were laundering money for the Trump Organization, that would be totally compromising.”
As chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Schiff will direct a staff of about 25, most of whom he has planned to devote strictly to Russia investigations.
Since the beginning of the Trump Administration, Schiff has been a pervasive force in MSM, and not just on Twitter, speaking about circumstances related to the Russia investigation. Schiff has loudly, and repeatedly chastised the Republicans on his committee, led by Nunes, for their refusal to conduct a thorough investigation into Trump’s possible misdeeds, and he vindicated Mueller’s plans to bring about some accountability for the issues that fall within the special counsel’s purview. With the Democrats now in control of the House of Representatives, Schiff’s responsibilities as chair of the committee will present both great opportunities and significant peril for anyone with the last name Trump or who benefited from the stealing of an election. Schiff will no longer be able to blame the Republicans for wasting time. the ball is in his court and it’s now HIS investigation, and he’s planning to “follow the money.”
Something we, the American public, have been demanding MSM do from day 1.
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Richard Neal (MA)
“That Trump will punch back is an accepted certainty. “I expect him to fight to back tooth and nail on this. I EXPECT HIM TO FIGHT BACK TOOTH AND NAIL” ~ Tim O’Brien
Richard Neal, the incoming chairman of the House and Ways and Means committee, will have the unilateral authority to seek Trump’s returns from Steve Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary, and both sides are preparing for conflict.
Neal wants to take the civil approach, hoping that by avoiding a Twitter brawl or shouting match with Trump, he can convince him in is in the best interest of the country to be transparent. According to the I.R.S. provision in the tax code, in theory, Neal doesn’t need a subpoena to get Trump’s returns, just simply a written request will force Mnuchin’s hand. Now, there is a caveat however; While the ways and means committee is hell bent on releasing Trump’s tax returns, Neal wants to be sure this doesn’t distract from the real work at hand. Healthcare and oversight of the GOP tax bill.
Neal has all but given up hope that Trump will release his tax returns willingly, if he were going to, he would have by now. It also doesn’t help that Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani was on CNN saying that the “President” would be prepared to fight in court. When this request will be official, has yet to be determined, as I’m sure, Neal will want to keep it from distracting from the real issues American’s face and his committee can correct.
Neal isn’t the only one interested in Trump’s tax returns however. Many other chairmen are wanting the information in order to advance their own oversight initiatives. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland is expected to take over as House Oversight and Government Reform Chair, and he strongly feels, “…there’s a lot of information in them that would be of interest to my committee. For example, we’d like to know exactly what … has been the sources of income for this President.”
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Elijah Cummings (AL)
While the rest of America was wrapping Christmas presents, sipping laced egg-nog and recording our dogs with Santa Hats on, Elijah Cummings was sending out 51 letters to the White House, several federal agencies and the Trump administration, requesting they comply with all document requests by January 11, 2019.
“I am writing to request that you fully comply with the Committee’s previous bipartisan request for documents regarding the agency’s compliance with whistleblower protection laws, as set forth in the letter from Rep. Mark Meadows and Rep. Gerald E. Connelly…on February 7, 2017. I intend to continue this investigation in the next Congress.”
This particular request is set to protect whistleblowers from retaliation from the Trump administration.
Cummings has also requested a response to bipartisan requests for all communication and documentation, sent to DHS over a year ago, outlining the preparation and response to the hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read Cummings letter to the FEMA Administrator, William Long here.
Other requests and investigations include:
- The Crisis at the southwestern border – This resulted in the senseless death of 2 innocent children.
- Compliance with the Federal Records Act: this relates to Jared and Ivanka’s use of private emails and encrypted apps.
- How Scott Pruitt ran the EPA and how it functions.
- The White House security clearance process.
- Payments from foreign governments to the Trump Org.
These official requests sent as letters are Rep. Cummings’ way of saying to Trump, “your move” And now, America gets to sit back and watch how Trump and his cronies in the White House spin “alternative facts” and stall the January 11th deadline will say a lot about how lit 2019 is going to be.
There are two things that can happen here from Trump: Fight or flight. If we know anything about Trump, it’s that he is NOT a fighter…OFF of Twitter.
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Maxine Waters (CA)
I had to save the best for last. Who doesn’t love a good, Auntie Maxine clap-back to shut the party down?
“I will be the first African-American, the first woman, to chair the powerful Financial Services Committee,” she told a crowd of supporters in Los Angeles right before the election. “That’s all of Wall Street. That’s all the insurance companies. That’s all the banks.”
I so want to end this article with that “drop-mic” quote, but I can’t do Auntie Maxine like that! She is not the last and certainly not least, of these powerful Democrats set to take over the house that smells trouble for Trump, but these are the ones that could mean the end of his “presidency”. Maxine Waters is 80 years of fire and ice and as the Chairwoman of Financial Services Committee, she brings with her 13 terms as a member of Congress and ranking Democrat. (P.S. That doesn’t sound like a job/career for someone with a low IQ, but what do I know, I’m no the President).
First up on Waters agenda? Deutsche Bank AG, which has loaned money to Trump, and said that DB(Deutche Bank) is one of the biggest money laundering banks in the world. In addition, she wants to have a meeting with the CEO of Wells Fargo, Tim Sloan to discuss predatory lenders, and investigate payday lending practices and lenders.
Waters states that Trump and his administration’s deregulation of banks and financial institutions are unconstitutional and she wants to have more power placed in the hands of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, promising to raise questions about Trump and his company’s financial ties to Deutsche Bank, which has been fined by regulators for money laundering. Deutsche Bank was the only major bank willing to lend money to Trump after his string of bankruptcies at his casinos in the nineties.
For its part, Deutsche Bank says it’s ready to work with the committee.
In a statement, the bank said it “takes its legal obligations seriously and remains committed to cooperating with authorized investigations. Our recent record of cooperating with such investigations has been widely recognized by regulators. We intend to keep working in this spirit if we get an authorized request for information.”
Let the games begin. I’m going to sleep good tonight, as approach D for Democratic Takeover Day! Never stop fighting. We have only won the battle and not the war.
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