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House Democrats poised to wage war on Trump with a weapon the GOP created to undermine Obama

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Democrats who are chomping at the bit to go after Donald Trump’s tax returns, as well as investigate accusations of corruption, if they take control of the House after the midterms can thank a rule change pushed through by the GOP that they plan to take advantage of.

According to Politico, in 2015 the House Republican leadership changed a rule to permit many of their committee chairmen to issue subpoenas without consulting the minority party.

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In a strange twist of fate, Democrats then opposed the rule change that was then used to harass President Barack Obama.

With Democrats expected to become the majority party in the House after the midterms, committee memberships would flip to Democratic control — including the powerful chairmanship positions.

“The Republicans have set the standard and, by God, we’re going to emulate that standard,” Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) said in an interview with Politico.

In 2015 Democrats protested the move, with Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) lamenting, “I think that subpoena authority is a powerful authority and should be used only as a last resort,” now the shoe is on the other foot.

According to a prominent Republican who is stepping down, the GOP — and Trump in particular — are about to get a taste of their own investigatory medicine.

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“I thought it was a mistake then but they did it,” Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) explained. “It’s a powerful tool and you should either vote on it or it should be bipartisan.”

Of major GOP concern, would be the ascension of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) who likely would take the gavel at the powerful House Financial Services Committee which could look into Trump’s finances.

According to Politico, “One House Democratic aide said Waters would no doubt want to subpoena the Trump administration if she became the financial services chairman in January. But her decision on whether to keep the unilateral power to do so may depend on how large a majority the Democrats have after the election, and whether committee Democrats would want to have a record on subpoena votes.”

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Chad Wolf’s authority is ‘illegitimate’: Hispanic Caucus chairman demands DHS chief ‘resign in disgrace’

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Immigrant rights groups and Texas Democrats are urging a review on the legality of Trump administration immigration policies after a government watchdog found two of the White House’s top immigration officials are not legally eligible to serve in their respective positions.

The Government Accountability Office on Friday determined that Chad Wolf, acting Department of Homeland Security secretary, and Ken Cuccinelli, a senior official performing deputy secretary duties, aren’t legally qualified to hold those posts.

United We Dream, an advocacy group pushing for immigration reform, said the GAO’s conclusion calls into question the latest guidance from the DHS on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that was initiated in 2012.

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Lots of red hats — but not many COVID masks — at Bedminster ‘Cops for Trump’ event with the president

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Enhanced unemployment benefits have expired and there is still no deal on the next COVID-19 stimulus package, but the president of the United States left Washington, DC on Friday for yet another weekend at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.

"This weekend’s trip to Trump National Bedminster is the president’s 23rd since taking office, and will increase his golf-related taxpayer tab to $142 million in travel and security expenses," HuffPost White House corresponded S.V. Dáte reported Friday. "Trump has already spent 268 days on golf courses that he owns in his 1,303 days in office, of which 85 have been at Bedminster."

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Trump declares that Fox News is ‘no longer the big deal’ in the 2020 presidential campaign

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Donald Trump on Friday reflected on what he sees as the key differences between his 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns.

"The biggest difference between the Presidential Race in 2020 and that of 2016 is the 2016 candidate, Crooked Hillary Clinton, was much smarter and sharper than Slow Joe, we have even more ENTHUSIASM now, and [Fox News] has become politically correct and no longer the big deal!" Trump tweeted after arriving at his Bedminster Golf Club for the weekend.

Trump has grown increasingly frustrated by the network and its polls, which gave him more bad news on Thursday.

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