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Democratic head of House Foreign Affairs Committee creating special unit just to investigate Trump

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President Donald Trump’s White House has been bracing for aggressive oversight from the so-called “investigative committees” after Democrats won the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform, chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), has vowed investigations and has already scheduled Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen.

The Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) are both expected to provide oversight.

The three investigative committees are apparently not Trump’s only worry from a Democratic majority House of Representatives.

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, told The New Yorker that his first act will be to create a subcommittee tasked with investigating Trump.

“We just thought, if we’re going to do something relevant in this era where Congress is going to reassert itself, where there are so many questionable activities of this Administration vis-à-vis foreign policy, that it made sense to have this,” Engel explained.

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The first question the subcommittee will investigate is what Trump said and heard in his closed-door meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“It’s been many months since Helsinki, and we still don’t know what Putin and Trump talked about,” Engel said.

Other topics include whether Trump’s business interests have impacted his foreign policy, his love affair with Kim Jong-un, murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Trump family ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Trump’s Twitter announcement about withdrawing from Syria.

Engel’s new investigative subcommittee will replace the terrorism subcommittee set up in the wake of 9/11.

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Canada is taking advantage of Trump’s tariff pratfalls by scooping up new trade partners: report

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As American manufacturers reel and U.S. farmers see their economic well-being being destroyed by Donald Trump's trade wars, the Canadian government is stepping into the breach and boosting their own trade relations, reports Politico.

As part of their Global Translations podcast, Politico notes that countries -- and manufacturers -- are not standing by helplessly as Trump threatens and changes directions on trade on almost a daily basis.

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Hope Hicks told Congress that Trump was ‘serious’ about accepting foreign help: Jerry Nadler

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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks told Congress on Wednesday that President Donald Trump really does welcome foreign assistance to help him win elections, according to Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

In a statement released Thursday, Nadler revealed that "Ms. Hicks made clear that she understood the President to be serious when he said that he would accept foreign interference in our elections" and "she also made clear that even she knew that such foreign assistance should be rejected and reported to the FBI."

Nadler then put Hicks's testimony in the broader context of Trump telling ABC News' George Stephanopoulos last week that he would welcome the help of a foreign government who came to him and offered him dirt on a political opponent.

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‘It’s a disaster — and it’s getting worse’: House GOP members in a frenzy over 2020 prospects as fundraising flounders

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According to a report in Politico, GOP House members are angry with their own National Republican Congressional Committee, claiming it is doing a poor job of fundraising and is making horrible decisions that could impact the party in the run-up to the 2020 election.

The reports states that Chairman Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) was forced to attempt to calm the waters at private caucus meeting Wednesday and allay members' fears by saying the internal problems were being inflated by Democrats and the press.

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