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.
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.