Trump says United States government will halt if House Democrats investigate him

Galtero Lara
Noviembre 9, 2018

The day after Republicans expanded their control of the Senate while losing the House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Democrats against aggressively going after President Donald Trump.

He tweeted the midterm elections - in which Democrats defeated his Republicans to control the lower House of Congress for the first time in eight years - were "a tremendous success".

They will be tearing into Mr Trump's carefully hidden personal finances and links to Russian Federation, a legal morass already being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

But Trump is not most presidents, and after making a gesture of decency, praising would-be House speaker Nancy Pelosi, he reverted back to his combative and confrontational mode in a weird press conference in which he threatened to adopt a "warlike posture" against Democrats if they used their newfound power at the House to investigate his financial and political dealings.

The suburbs are how Democrats were able to take back the House, but they ultimately still fell short in targeted House seats in North Carolina - another state Trump was able to win after it had gone for Obama in 2008 - and OH, which Trump won solidly after Obama carried it twice. Obama's first midterm vote in 2010 saw 63 House of Representative seats and six Senate seats switch from Democratic to Republican. Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado blamed his loss on resentment toward Mr Trump in his Denver-area district.

Meanwhile, Democratic leaders' resistance to embracing an impeachment effort could cause a significant backlash among the party's restive liberal flank.

More than half of all exit poll respondents - 54 percent - said they disapproved of President Donald Trump, according to National Election Pool exit polling from House races.

That will allow Mr Trump's party greater leeway over judicial and executive appointments.

Democrats say that when it comes to the administration's response, for example, to the "caravan" of Central American immigrants, they want answers about the rationale behind the troop deployments and details on the force's rules of engagement. "That was unexpected but I feel very fine".

High voter turnout for Democrats was widely expected but less expected was that Republican enthusiasm for this midterm vote was not all that diminished. "If that happens, then we're going to do the same thing, and government would come to a halt, and we're going to blame them".

Everything from Mr Trump's tax returns to discussions from his campaign's inner circle could be targeted. "I'm not so sure it will work for them".

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"They can play that game, but we can play it better".

Early on Wednesday, Mr Trump added: "Now we can all get back to work and get things done!"

Florida is ever changing, with a growing Latino population - which doesn't always vote Democratic either - and an ever-increasing influx of white retirees that lean more conservative, something Trump can exploit to his advantage. But becoming speaker requires a majority of the full House, 218 votes, and her slim majority - now at 222 - leaves her little cushion.

Fresh off re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, Peter Welch refrained from endorsing Nancy Pelosi for House speaker, saying House Democrats must "decentralize" the power of the speaker's office.

Republicans complain that Democrats are mostly interested in assembling a case to impeach Trump. The bank is among the large lenders expected to face increasing scrutiny after she takes control of the House Financial Services Committee in January.

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the first Muslim women and Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland the first Native American women to be elected to Congress.

But Republicans are on course to increase their representation from 51 to 54 in the 100-seat Senate.

And after two years of the chaos and confusion that is the Trump administration, voters were also motivated to bring back sanity and decency to USA politics.

Congress has broad constitutional authority to conduct oversight and investigations, a power that has been upheld in numerous Supreme Court cases, some of them dating to issues arising from the Teapot Dome scandal of the 1920s. "That's a firewall", GOP volunteer James Murr said.

In the upper chamber, they captured Democratic seats in Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota, won a marquee battle in Texas, and fought a Florida race to a recount.

The result was broadly in line with what many analysts projected but makes for a confusing picture.

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