Indeed, Representative Jerrold Nadler of NY, likely to become House Judiciary Chair in the new Congress, has suggested he would even use his new subpoena power to initiate an impeachment investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, recently confirmed after a nasty Senate battle over allegations of sexual misconduct when he was a teenager.
The first move likely belongs to Democrats.
Overturning control of the House in Tuesday's midterm elections has given the Democrats a new weapon to wield against Trump: the subpoena.
Early Wednesday, Trump warned Democrats against using their new majority to investigate his administration.
"Two can play that game!"
It was unclear what leaks he was referring to. The two-term governor, who also survived a Democratic-driven recall election in 2012 after ending collective bargaining for public workers, briefly ran for president in 2016. Though no formal war room was established, senior aides convened meetings to map out the administration's strategy for combating newly emboldened Democrats.
Republicans point to comments like those from Democrat Maxine Waters of California, a favorite Trump target of ridicule, who is likely to head the Financial Services Committee.
The House also has the important task of electing the President if no candidate wins an Electoral College majority.
Republican already are sounding warnings about obstructive partisan abuses and threats, saying the Democrats will harass and try to immobilize the Trump administration in the guise of congressional investigations.
And outside Richmond, Virginia, one-time tea party favorite Rep. Dave Brat lost to Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative motivated to run for office after the GOP vote to gut the Affordable Care Act.
"I do think they will definitely try to impeach nearly immediately", said Meadows, even though Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have downplayed that issue during the campaign.More news: Trump says Macron’s call for European Army ‘very insulting’
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi received an unlikely show of support from President Trump Wednesday in her bid for speaker of the House.
We can tell a little bit of his probable leanings from the way that he and his administration conducted the closing days of the campaign, leaning in on a friendly Senate map while abandoning a House fight which most political observers wrote off. Trump will declare himself the victor of the night and the savior of a Senate that was never in real danger of turning Democratic because he campaigned for winners in states that had voted for him (never mind the Democratic survivor in West Virginia, for example). Trump said in a tweet.
Pelosi has campaigned tirelessly this election season. And that includes passing budget measures to keep the government in operation. But White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders minimized the magnitude of Democratic gains.
The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have always been key allies, and Trump made the country his first stop overseas as president. He threw himself into the campaign, issuing warnings about a caravan of Latin American migrants headed through Mexico to the US border and condemnations of liberal American "mobs" he says oppose him.
The president phoned Pelosi on Tuesday evening to congratulate her after Democrats were officially projected to win back control of the House.
In Tuesday's elections, McConnell said, the contentious, partisan fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's nomination was "very helpful" in winning Senate seats, like an "adrenaline shot" for GOP voters.
Trump's remarks on party dynamics came after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he had spoken with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi about how they might "find a way forward" in a divided Congress next year. He called the White House accusations "a lie".
Also in the Senate, Wisconsin Sen.
"She represents the party of". DeSantis however, got a Trump rally and, in fairness, Republicans have had a stranglehold on this race since 1998. They were seen as overreaching, and that helped boost Clinton's poll numbers.
Pundits immediately began to mull what Trump has up his sleeve on the Pelosi front.
Industrial and materials stocks could be among the best performers on speculation politicians can broker an infrastructure deal, Wall Street analysts and strategists speculated before the election.
Anticipating the possibility of keeping the Senate but losing the House, aides in recent days had laid out the political reality to Trump, who could face an onslaught of Democratic-run investigations.