House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is already making plans for role as Speaker of the House after the midterm elections, when she believes a predicted blue wave will hand control of Congress to Democrats.
And one of Pelosi’s first orders of business will be to take a “direct shot” at investigating and removing President Trump from office.
Pelosi told CNN’s Christine Amanpour on Monday that she’s not “measuring the drapes” quite yet, but she’s got her priorities in order for a change of power come November.
Amanpour questioned whether Pelosi plans to lead a crusade of investigations against the president if Democrats retake control of the House, and the 78-year-old career politician from San Francisco answered in the affirmative.
“We have established our ‘for the people’ … lower healthcare costs, bigger paychecks, cleaner government,” Pelosi said. “… With no presumption, no measuring for drapes – you don’t see too many drapes around here anyway – but just to be ready. We have a responsibility to be ready, so I tasked the soon-to-be chairmen – our top Democrats on these committees – to work with their committees to establish priorities for us to consider as our consensus priorities to go forward.
“In the same vein, with the oversight,” Pelosi continued. “This cannot be scattershot. We’re doing this in a very serious, responsible way to say we want to seek the truth.
“The truth about intervention in our elections, which undermines the sacred right of people to vote, oversight over the air our children breathe, and this or that. The list goes on,” she said.
“But it has to be prioritized and not scattershot, but a direct shot to get the job done. It’s all about seeking the truth. Where that takes us with the president and his performance remains to be seen.”
Democrats are expected to open dozens of investigations in 2019 if the party regains control of Congress during the 2018 election, including investigations into alleged corruption, conflicts of interest, the president’s 2016 campaign, the Trump administration’s work on the 2020 Census, security clearances, refusal to defend Obamacare in court, the hiring process for immigration judges and numerous other issues, according to The Huffington Post.
“Democratic numbers on the (House oversight) committee have asked the Republican majority to issue subpoenas related to the administration’s conduct 52 times during the first 20 months of Donald Trump’s presidency,” according to the site.
“Republicans turned down each of those 52 requests. If Democrats held the committee gavel, the subpoenas would be approved.”
“If Democrats win the majority in November, we would finally do what Republicans have refused to do, and that is conduct independent, fact-based, and credible investigations of the Trump administration to address issues like the security clearance process, conflicts of interest, the numerous attempts by Republicans to strop away healthcare from millions of Americans, postal service reforms, prescription drug prices, and voting rights,” Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the oversight committee, told the news site.