Set for probes


Shepparton News - - WORLD NEWS -

The top Demo­crat in the United States House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has pledged a new era of con­gres­sional scru­tiny of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, shrug­ging off White House threats of po­lit­i­cal war­fare if Democrats launch in­ves­ti­ga­tions into his af­fairs.

‘‘We have a con­sti­tu­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity for over­sight,’’ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told re­porters, a day after vot­ers gave Democrats con­trol of the House for the first time in eight years.

‘‘This doesn’t mean we go look­ing for a fight. But it means that if we see a need to go for­ward, we will,’’ she said.

In­com­ing Demo­cratic com­mit­tee chair­men are ex­pected to lead in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the pres­i­dent’s long-hid­den tax re­turns, pos­si­ble conf licts of in­ter­est from his busi­ness em­pire and any col­lu­sion be­tween Rus­sia and Mr Trump’s cam­paign team in the 2016 elec­tion.

Ms Pelosi, who hopes to re­turn as House speaker when the new Demo­cratic ma­jor­ity takes over in Jan­uary, said com­mit­tee chair­men would de­cide how to pro­ceed and make their rec­om­men­da­tions to the Demo­cratic cau­cus.

‘‘But you can be sure of one thing: when we go down any of these paths, we’ll know what we’re do­ing and we’ll do it right,’’ said the 78-year-old San Fran­cisco lib­eral.

Mr Trump ear­lier threat­ened to forego any at­tempt at bi­par­ti­san­ship and urge re­tal­ia­tory in­ves­ti­ga­tions against Democrats in the Se­nate, which Repub­li­cans re­tained on Tues­day.

Mr Trump does not have the author­ity to or­der Se­nate in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Democrats say their House ma­jor­ity will end the abil­ity of Repub­li­can politi­cians to pro­tect him from scru­tiny.

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