18 Investigations Republicans Are Terrified Democrats Will Open If They Win Midterms
The 2018 congressional midterm elections, which will take place on November 6, will see all 435 seats in the House of Representatives up for grabs, as well as 35 seats in the Senate. Despite this, Republican gerrymandering has ensured that both chambers will be hard for the Democratic Party to take back, particularly the House of Representatives. But strong campaigns, progressive values, and a general disgust with Donald Trump could contribute to what analysts have labeled a “blue wave.”
Republican leaders are aware of this, and have initiated steps to counter potential Democratic wins. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for example, cancelled the Senate’s August recess to prevent Democratic congressmen from returning home to campaign. Others, like Ron DeSantis, have engaged in public slander to demean and delegitimize progressive candidates.
The GOP is so scared of the elections that congressional Republicans have even drafted a spreadsheet listing every probe they believe the Democratic Party will open up, assuming they win control of the various House and Senate committees. Axios obtained a copy of this document and published it, revealing 18 of the feared investigations:
- President Trump’s Tax Returns- Trump’s refusal to reveal his tax returns, like every other presidential nominee in the last 40 years, was a prominent issue during the 2016 general election. It is imperative that the American people know what financial situations he is hiding.
- Trump’s family businesses- Trump has been accused of maintaining ties to his company The Trump Organization, thereby violating the the Domestic Emoluments Clause from the Constitution.
- Trump’s dealings with Russia- another facet of the Russia probe.
- Stormy Daniel’s payment- This was the issue that ultimately lead to Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, being indicted, but Trump still played a role in this affair that needs to be properly examined.
- James Comey’s termination- While Presidents are entitled to replace their predecessor’s FBI director, Trump openly admitted in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt that his firing of James Comey was partially motivated by Comey’s decision to launch an investigation into collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia.
- Trump’s firing of U.S. attorneys- In March 2017, Trump ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to request the resignations of 46 Obama-appointed U.S. attorneys. Like with the replacement of the FBI Director, this was not an unprecedented move by a new presidential administration. However, controversy arose over the firing of Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who had been reportedly investigating then-Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, as well as former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.
- The Military transgender ban- This is currently being challenged in the court case Karnoski v. Trump, but it still stands up as discriminatory move by the Trump Administration.
- Steve Mnuchin’s dealings- Similar to Trump, is it not clear whether Mnuchin completely divested himself from his business dealings. His then-fiancee was Louise Linton was appointed as the CEO of Dune Entertainment in May 2017, but resigned that same month after scrutiny from Democratic Senator Ron Wyden.
- White House staff’s personal email use- In September 2017, The New York Times reported that at least six White House advisors were using private email addresses to discuss White House business. Considering the anger from Republicans against Hillary Clinton for doing something similar, their refusal to act on this is yet another example of blatant hypocrisy.
- Cabinet secretary travel, office expenses, and other misused perks- While Tom Price and former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt received the bulk of the media’s condemnation over travel expenses and misuse of agency resources, several other members of the Trump Administration have been caught engaging in similar actions, including Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin.
- Discussion of classified information at Mar-a-Lago- In February 2017, Trump sparked controversy for discussing sensitive information about North Korean missile tests in front of his guests at the Mar-a-Lago resort.
- Jared Kushner’s ethics law compliance- Like father-in-law, like son-in-law, Jared Kushner has come under fire by Democratic congressmen for not completely separating himself from his business dealings.
- Dismissal of members of the EPA board of scientific counselors- Back when he was still in charge, Scott Pruitt refused to renew the contracts of half of the EPA’s scientists on the Board of Scientific Counselors. Unlike prior dismissals, this move was unprecedented, and a clear sign that the EPA wants to fill its ranks with more fossil fuel lackies.
- The travel ban- Trump’s executive order targeting immigration from predominantly Muslim countries has been the subject of many court cases.
- Family separation policy- ReverbPress has covered this topic extensively, but it goes without saying that the Trump Administration’s inhumane separation of immigrant children from their families is causing all sorts of problems, including child abuse allegations against ICE and CBP officers.
- Hurricane response in Puerto Rico- Trump managed to top George W. Bush’s horrible response to Hurricane Katrina through his administration’s insufficient aid to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Harvey, an analysis that was supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s own internal report.
- White House security clearances- From giving security clearances to people who have made extensive mistakes like Jared Kushner, to revoking them from former federal officials like John O. Brennan, Trump is setting a dangerous precedent here.
- Election security and hacking attempts- Self-explanatory event that has been the subject of much media scrutiny, particularly as it pertains to Russian interference.
The fact that Republicans would rather impede Democratic efforts to look into potential government corruption than help them shows just how far the GOP has fallen from the days of Eisenhower. They are nothing more than Trump loyalists at this point.
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