Wednesday, as votes from the 2018 midterm elections continued to be counted across the United States, President Donald Trump returned to his tradition of seeking to contort the rest of the federal government to his will. The problem is that’s harder for him now thanks to Democrats winning control of the U.S. House for the first time in eight years, ending a losing streak stretching back towards the beginning of the Obama administration.
Still, Trump ranted:
‘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!’
In other words — the president of the United States’ chosen response to a looming possibility of investigation of his administration is to threaten the opposition with punitive investigations of his own. He seems to be under the impression that he can force Republicans in the U.S. Senate to do his bidding — and to be sure, the GOP did manage pickups in that upper Congressional chamber while they lost ground in the lower one.
Still, his impression that either chamber will simply rush to carry out explicitly politically motivated investigations remains repugnant. He offered no immediate evidence for his claim that Democrats have leaked classified information, although he’s made the claim in the past. He’s been enraged, for instance, at information in the mainstream media about the Russia investigation.
While Trump continues down that road of angry rhetoric, the Democrats face the looming pile of suspicion and wrongdoing engulfing the Trump administration that Republicans have often led the U.S. House to ignore through means like curtailing their Russia investigation — until now.
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