At last, a chance of rein­ing in Trump’s ex­cesses

Warwickshire Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

ALTHOUGH not the midterm elec­tion blood­bath many had ex­pected for Don­ald Trump, his loss of con­trol of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives is much more than a vic­tory for the op­po­si­tion party.

For his first two years in of­fice, his Repub­li­can party cronies have al­lowed the Pres­i­dent to run wild as they con­trolled both of Amer­ica’s leg­isla­tive cham­bers.

But fol­low­ing Tues­day’s vote in which the Democrats seized con­trol of the lower house, Trump now faces scru­tiny like never be­fore.

De­spite hold­ing on to the Se­nate, no longer will his pre­vi­ous un­bri­dled power be al­lowed to de­ter­mine the way in which Amer­ica goes.

Now the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be in a po­si­tion to in­ves­ti­gate any num­ber of po­ten­tial ad­min­is­tra­tion trans­gres­sions and de­mand ac­count­abil­ity, in­clud­ing the un­for­giv­able sepa­ra­tion of mi­grant chil­dren from their par­ents and the Pres­i­dent’s ha­rass­ment of spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s Rus­sian elec­tion med­dling in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Per­haps, more tellingly, how­ever, Trump him­self will now be held ac­count­able as Democrats re­turn as chair­men of the House Over­sight and Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tees.

Al­ready they are sharp­en­ing their pens and pre­par­ing to drag Trump through his own swamp, none more so than over the tax re­turns he has so fiercely re­fused to re­lease.

There is lit­tle won­der, mo­ments af­ter con­ced­ing de­feat, Trump called op­po­si­tion Mi­nor­ity leader Nancy Pelosi to call for peace.

His con­ver­sa­tion came as some new mem­bers of the House ex­pressed their de­sire to have Trump in­ves­ti­gated and pos­si­bly im­peached.

Given the dis­mal dis­play so far by the US leader, the op­po­si­tion now has an op­por­tu­nity, and also a heavy re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Win­ning the House is one thing. Restor­ing some san­ity to Amer­i­can pol­i­tics is an­other.

Trump will no longer have such an easy ride

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