Trump Threatens to Investigate Democrats if They Probe His Administration

Marcus Newton
November 9, 2018

President Donald Trump initially tried to act gracious, calling Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi to laud her victory.

Sanders isn't the first to view the President's vanity as a potential avenue for advancing his own agenda.

There are a half dozen House committees that have the power to investigate Trump - Intelligence, Oversight, Ways and Means, and Judiciary, among others.

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.

The Democrats' narrow path to the Senate was slammed shut after setbacks in Indiana, Tennessee, North Dakota and Texas. Republicans turned the tables in 2010, only to lose their majorities in the House and Senate in 2012.

Two issues more than any others were on voters' minds.

Still, about one-third of voters said Trump was not a factor in their votes.

The political and practical stakes were sky-high.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of the Democrats who is considering the 2020 presidential race, said that the two years since Trump ascended to the White House had ushered a new generation of women into public life.

Some Democrats have already vowed to force the release of his tax returns. The GOP did add to its majority in the Senate.

Fears that may be strong enough to keep Trump in power until January of 2025 - and maintain the popularity of the policies he advocates.

Liberal hearts were broken when Democratic phenomenon Beto O'Rourke failed in his bid to upset Senator Ted Cruz in traditionally conservative Texas. If the bills didn't pass, Trump could use this failure to lambast the Democrats for refusing to govern responsibly. In the Rustbelt/Midwest Democrats won Senate races in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wyoming by large margins; and also won governor's races in and Michigan and Minnesota by very large margins. The GOP's grip on high-profile governorships in Florida, Georgia and Wisconsin were at risk as well.

Early voting alone eclipsed the total number of votes in some states during the 2014 midterm.

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Media captionThe story of election night in two minutes What else did Trump say? Voters scored Trump positively on the economy and for standing up "for what he believes in".

This certainly was not a win for President Trump, but it was nowhere near as bad as it could've been.

The president's current job approval, set at 40 per cent by Gallup, was the lowest at this point of any first-term president in the modern era.

He told the nation he would love to work with Democrats - that it might, in fact, be a good thing that they won control of the House of Representatives - but he refused to back away from any of his divisive campaign rhetoric. And in New Jersey, Democrats re-elected embattled Sen.

Democrats' performance in the House battlefield was mixed. He even offered, perhaps sarcastically, to persuade Republican lawmakers to vote for her as speaker if some Democratic members refuse to support her.

In south Florida, former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala defeated Republican Maria Elvira Salazar. Democrats relied more upon women, people of color, young people and college graduates.

Similarly, many Americans understand that if Trump nastily attacks African Americans like Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. Some 35 Senate seats were in play, as were nearly 40 governorships and the balance of power in virtually every state legislature. The midterm elections were supposed to be a referendum on the president. And that could end up being bad news for leading progressive presidential hopefuls like Elizabeth Warren of MA and Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"It's all about framing for 2020", said Joel Rubin, who was the State Department's liaison to the House during the Obama administration. He and the first lady were to host an evening watch party for family and friends. Voters who considered it especially important broke for their Democratic House candidate, 56 percent to 43 percent.

The 2018 elections also exposed an extraordinary political realignment in an electorate defined by race, gender, and education that could shape US politics for years to come. McSally was slightly ahead on November 7 afternoon with some 75 percent of the ballot counted.

Democrats seized the House majority from President Donald Trump's Republican Party on Tuesday in a suburban revolt that threatened what's left of the president's governing agenda. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, Joe Donnelly in IN and Claire McCaskill in Missouri.

The White House for days has been stressing the historical headwinds it faced: In the last three decades, 2002 was the only midterm election when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

Record diversity on the ballot may have helped drive turnout.

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