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 president's tax returns and financial data. As soon as the Democrats officially take over the house in January, it is expected that the new presidents of the main congressional committees will launch subpoenas and investigate and demand that Trump officials publicly testify under various oaths.
Some of these claims are likely to face legal challenges for Trump's legal team, who will claim that certain information is protected by privacy Executive privilege.
But in Tuesday's election, the results do not only provide the White House, alongside the constant criminals, with an intense new assessment, which is being investigated by special adviser Robert Müller in a possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. What will the Democrats first strive for?
Tax returns and bank details from Trump
The upcoming chairman of the house's financial committee, 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 tax returns and possibly private bank data. Waters may also request that the US Treasury release information about suspicious financial transactions between Trump and its team and the Kremlin. These kinds of questions can lead to new information about the Deutsche Bank company in Moscow and work for Russian oligarchs.
Trumps personal enrichment and alleged corruption
Hours later, when it became clear that he was the next likely chairman of the House's monitoring committee, experienced Congressman Elijah Cummings said he was planning to investigate Trump because he reportedly enriched himself by foreign leaders at the Trump organization's hotel leave in Washington. According to the US constitution, it is illegal for a president to accept payments from foreign leaders.
Russia research and obstruction of justice
For two years, Republicans have been monitoring in Congress the possible agreement of the Trump campaign with the Kremlin to win the 2016 elections. Now, Adam Schiff, the next president of the American intelligence committee, has promised to raise the issue to its top priority, including a closer look at whether Russia influences the president by investing in Trump's business empire. The ship is likely to receive the support and cooperation from former intelligence and national security experts. He was also able to gather more information about whether Trump had tried to disrupt the FBI's investigation into the FBI's relations with Moscow when he closed the FBI director James Comey.
The confirmation of the new candidate for the Supreme Court 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 new chairman of Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs, has promised to re-examine whether Brett Kavanaugh condemned himself during his interrogations 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 may have been part of a republican attempt to protect Kavanaugh. The background control of the FBI – called "sham" by the Democrats – will probably also be revised.
Other possible lines of research are: Why former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of the president, received a security clearance when they entered the White House, although their access to secret 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, unlawfully received business donations from AT & T and others in exchange for favors from the Trump administration.
The new thorns on the Trump side
The incoming 79-year-old chairman of the House Finance Committee was a frequent target of Trump and was ridiculed as a "low IQ". We will quickly understand why Trump does not like her. California has continually suggested to Waters to ask for information about the affairs of Trump's private banks and possible connections with Russia. She will soon be given the opportunity to demand answers from Trump's biggest lender, Deutsche Bank. She called Trump an immoral "bastard & # 39; and was a target of the bombing campaign that critics of Trump have mentioned.
The Acting President of the House Judiciary Committee will play an important role in a possible future deposition if Trump is accused of violating the law, of conspiring with the Kremlin or of obstructing justice by Special Attorney Robert Müller. Congressman Nadler in New York wants to investigate whether Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court, lied under oath during the hearings.
The incoming chairman of the House's supervisory committee has many things that he wishes to investigate, including whether Trump did so in an incorrect manner. Cummings said he wants to investigate whether the government has benefited illegally from foreign leaders at Hotel Trump. Cummings also tries to investigate the voting rights and the detention of voters of minorities.
The California Democrat and the new president of the House Intelligence Commission was the most democratic critic of Trump's alleged ties to Russia and his investigation. Schiff wants to see if Trump in Russia has financial obligations that could endanger the president. Hours after the victory of the Democratic House, he would not exclude that he would testify to Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., for a public hearing.