Richard Neal: Democrats plan to ask for Trump tax returns

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley

Even as United States president Donald Trump celebrated Republican gains in the Senate in the aftermath of 2018 midterm election and threatened Democrats who won back control of the House (and with it the power to investigate the president's personal and professional conduct), many dailies and newspapers agreed: While the Democrats taking back one lever of power spelled some trouble for Trump, it was hardly a total victory.

But during a testy news conference, he vowed to adopt a "warlike posture" if Democrats investigated him.

Yesterday's results in OH and Florida serve as a reminder to Democrats of challenges the party's nominee could face in two states that have provided some of the most hard-fought presidential contests of the past two decades.

And, indeed, after Mr Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, putting the Mueller probe in jeopardy, Democratic Congressman Jerry Nadler warned that he meant to lead a House Judiciary Committee examination.

The Massachusetts Democrat said "yes, I think we will" when asked Wednesday at a press conference in Springfield whether the committee would seek the documents.

He suggested they could co-operate on issues such as infrastructure, trade and health.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is is likely to lead Democrats in the House next year, has also expressed a willingness to work with Trump on the issue. Young people (who typically vote Democrat) turned up in record numbers this year, but so too did rural white Americans, who may not have voted prior to supporting Trump in 2016.

In total, the Democrats lost out on the majority by seven percentto the Republicans, retaining 44 of 100 seats in the chamber. "Two can play that game!" he said.

"You have some that said, 'Let's stay away, let's stay away.' They did very poorly", Trump said.

While it's typical for the president's party to lose seats in the House in midterms, it's highly unusual for the president's party to gain seats in the Senate in the same election. "I want to probe senior administration officials across the government who have abused their positions of power and wasted taxpayer money, as well as President Trump's decisions to act in his own financial self-interest". He called CNN's Jim Acosta, with whom he has frequently spared, "a rude, awful person". We impeached President Clinton.

Shortly thereafter, however, it was announced that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had been forced out. This was a race Trump had taken a personal interest in because Tester was involved in tanking the nomination of White House doctor Ronny Jackson to become VA secretary.

The poll of 904 Democrats and 840 Republicans was conducted from October 30 to November 5, just before Tuesday's midterm elections resulted in Democrats taking control of the House, and showed 43 percent of Democrats wanted impeachment as the top priority.




Previous presidents who have suffered mid-term setbacks have professed humility and said they learned valuable lessons.

Democrats passed President Barack Obama's Obamacare plan in 2010.

The incoming class of lawmakers could have a stark impact on politics in the nation's capital, particularly within the Democratic Party, after a midterm election that was widely seen as a referendum on Trump's first term.

"Mia Love gave me no love". According to the latest media reports, Republicans hold a 52-44 seat majority in the Senate.

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

But also in Texas, Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke, a charismatic congressman and former punk rock singer who had raised an unprecedented $60 million in his mission to win in the Republican stronghold, fell short to arch-conservative former presidential contender Ted Cruz.

The GOP also got major wins in toss-up governors races in states like Florida and OH, though Democrats did manage to pick up wins in a number of states like IL and MI.

Finally, in many states Republicans flagrantly cheated in addition to their gerrymandering.

Majorities of both men and women said they were at least somewhat concerned about women not being believed when they make allegations of sexual misconduct, but women were more likely than men to say they were very concerned about this, 52 percent to 35 percent.

"Thanks to Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum and Beto O'Rourke, places where Democrats have had trouble winning for years became unpredictable toss-ups in large part because of an electorate inspired by never-before-heard bold visions for economic and racial justice", Green said.

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