by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The Trump administration is preparing for House Democrats to be a constant thorn in its side for the for the next two years, launching investigations into the president, his family, and members of his administration.
House Republicans have been able to shield the president from inquiring Democratic minds. But now that the House is changing hands, the president’s allies will have less power to stop Democrats, which signals trouble for the Trump administration.
Armed with congressional subpoena power, House Democrats are expected to investigate everything from the president’s real-estate holdings and unreleased tax returns to his hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels to his termination of former FBI Director James Comey to any potential ties between himself, his associates and Russia.
And it isn’t solely the president. Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump’s use of private email for White House purposes, his son-in-law Jared Kushner’s and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s respective business dealings, his cabinet secretary travel, and his administration’s policies on immigration, health care and education are all areas Democrats are showing interest in probing.