Set for probes
DEMOCRATS PUT TRUMP ON NOTICE AFTER HOUSE CONTROL
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.