The House has announced that they are carrying out a full scale investigation to ascertain Trump’s ties to foreign powers.
The decision of the house to expand its inquiry came shortly after President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. The House Intelligence Committee met on Wednesday and they decided that there is need to know if President Trump is acting under the influence of Russia and other foreign powers.
During the address, Mr. Trump warned that ridiculous partisan investigations could endanger the economic health of the nation and the possibility of bipartisan legislating. To speaker Nancy Pelosi, however, Trump’s statement was more than just a speech, it was a threat, an all-out threat,” she said. Pelosi revealed that the house will not be intimidated by the president’s threat and end all investigations on his government.
Starting Thursday, Democrats will begin their quest to get hold of the President’s tax returns which have been suppressed for a long time. The judiciary committee’s chairman issued a subpoena for Matthew G. Whitaker, the acting attorney general, to prevent him from evading Democratic questioning. A subcommittee of the House has already began an inquiry into administration rule-bending during the last partial government shutdown.
Speaking on the oversight role of the house, Speaker Pelosi stated that it is their congressional responsibility to look into matters concerning the government and the nation as a whole. “If we fail to do so, we would be delinquent in that,” she added.
The house Intelligence Committee that laid out a five-point investigation opined that the President’s potential entanglements with foreign powers is far more extensive than they previously thought. Democrats say that they are reopening investigations into Russia’s interference in the last presidential election and its alleged role in Trump’s campaign. Although the Republican majority closed the investigation last year, Democrats believe that the president is not completely free of external influence and support.
Intelligence Committee Republicans have expressed disapproval for the Democrat’s move to reopen investigations on Trump’s administration. In a statement, they accused Democrats of revisiting an issue that has been resolved in order to tarnish the president’s reputation ahead of the 2020 elections.