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Feb 7, 2019

This Week: Administration Squirms As Congressional Oversight Swings Into Gear

During the State of the Union address Tuesday, President Trump took a jab at the spate of investigations coming his way from House committees, newly under Democratic control. “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation,” the President rhymed. Democrats were unimpressed. Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the statement an “all-out threat.” She interpreted the President’s turn of phrase to mean he “wasn’t going to cooperate” on legislation “unless we didn’t exercise our constitutional responsibility to oversight,” she told the press. This is indeed the week in which this White House is discovering the checks and balances that come along with divided government: Democrats are laying the groundwork for their legal strategy to obtain Trump’s tax returns and mulling subpoenas to get answers to their questions from Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. The House Foreign Affairs committee is investigating the role President Trump’s businesses play in the administration’s foreign policy, and the House Appropriations…

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