Democrats are angry.
But without control of any branch of the federal government, there’s not much they can do about it.
That could all change in November, if Democrats take control of either house of Congress, writes the Washington Post.
The reason? Subpoena power.
Democrats have a long list of questions and document requests to file against the White House, various cabinet departments and businesses tied to President Trump. But if they don’t control the committee, all they can do is complain and shame their Republican colleagues.
“So far those requests have mostly been ignored by the Republican majorities in the House and Senate. But if Democrats seize committee gavels, they would regain a plethora of tools to probe Trump over the next two years,” the Post writes.
Bush-era Republican consultant Scott Jennings said that if Democrats control committees things will change in a hurry.
“There is a never-ending stream of outrage,” said Jennings. “The only difference is, now all of their outrage is directed at Twitter. But when you give somebody a gavel, they can actually hurt you.”