During the historic midterm elections, the Democrat Party has turned the tide and won control of the House of Representatives. This is considered a major blow to Republicans who still hold majority of the Senate seats.
With this victory, the Democrats will be able lead key committees that could initiate investigations into the Trump administration and provide a check on their policies.
Democrats now hold the key to unlock the vault of issues and scandals that have hounded the White House. This may well be the beginning of a warfare between the House and the president, which may lead to impeachment effort.
The House Judiciary Committee will now be under the chairmanship of New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who pledged to look into allegations of Trump’s unconstitutional business dealings.
He also intends to move quickly to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) made it clear before the elections that he wanted to open a more aggressive Russia investigation.
House Ways and Means Chair Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) will focus on Trump’s tax returns. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) may launch investigations on Trump’s Saudi Arabia policy in the wake of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.
The Democrats are eager to show Trump that he is not above the law. Other than investigations, the House majority has the authority to block the president’s legislative plans that they strongly oppose.
Case in point, the building of a wall along the border of Mexico.
How is the president taking the midterm elections results? On Wednesday, Trump tweeted:
“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!”
How will the United States fare under a House divided? Under President Trump, the United States’ economy has been surging with a growth rate of 4.9%. More jobs are being created and trade agreements favourable to the country are taking shape.
The Democrats have been passive leaders at best; often playing the card of “Diplomat” at the expense of Americans.
If the Democrats call their takeover of the House, “a new beginning” instead, their victory may have marked the end of America’s greatness.