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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.

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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.

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


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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.

When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.

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‘Just like Brett Kavanaugh’: GOP candidate who pleaded guilty to sexual battery claims he was the real victim

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A GOP congressional candidate in Utah is comparing himself to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh — favorably — to explain away his guilty plea to two counts of sexual battery, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Cory Green, an Army Reserve and Navy veteran and private security officer running for Utah's 1st Congressional District, was charged with forcible sexual abuse in 2010 after he allegedly brought two teenage masseuses to a Motel 6, performed a sex act with an escort in front of them, and then paid one of the teenage girls for sex. He insists that the girl lied about her age and that his victim extorted him.

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Here’s what really went down with Trump’s Taliban peace talks misadventure

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Donald Trump is not known for finessing foreign policy but for years prior to his election and during his campaign, he was mostly right about Afghanistan. He called it a “total disaster,” said it was “wasting our money” and that we should leave “immediately.”

It seemed that Trump understood the timeless – if sometimes historically inaccurate - tropes about Afghanistan being the “graveyard of empires” and home to “ungovernable” tribesmen who could outwit and humiliate the British, the Soviets – and us.

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