Progressives Salivate Over Subpoena Power While Moderates Fret About Political Costs

WASHINGTON, DC - July 12:  Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) looks on as Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen testifies before the House Financial Committee about the State of the economy on July 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. Yellen said the Federal Reserve expects to begin shrinking its $4.5 trillion bond stimulus later this year. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
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Throughout the House, Democrats are dealing with some internal division as progressives gleefully prepare subpoena grenades, while moderate Democrats fear reprisals from an electorate weary of the constant partisan feuding.

According to a Monday Politico report, this dynamic is playing out in the microcosm of the House Financial Services Committee.

There, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), a favorite target of President Donald Trump, wants to investigate the Trump Organization’s money trail and possible illicit foreign activity.

Moderates on the committee, including Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), are balking at such a brazen move.

“The American people will understand thoughtful, well-grounded investigations,” Himes told Politico. “But they will bridle at investigations that seem overtly political.”

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