Last November, the American people voted overwhelmingly for oversight of the current administration, something that Republicans had refused to provide. Democrats are now providing that oversight in spades.
As the Mueller investigation, with its narrow focus and deep results, winds down, the windows it has opened into other criminal aspects of this president’s modus operandi are finally being looked into. That does not bode well for Trump or his family.
Last week, the president’s longtime attorney/fixer Michael Cohen testified before Congress for three full days, one of them an open hearing viewed live by more than 60 million Americans, and reviewed later by untold millions more. The intelligence committees determined the time they had with Mr. Cohen wasn’t sufficient, and they have scheduled another round for this week.
Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have followed that testimony, in which Mr. Cohen provided evidence of multiple felonies committed by the president and his various organizations, with requests for documents that have previously been submitted either to Special Counsel Robert Mueller or to the prosecutors of the Southern District of New York from more than 80 groups and individuals.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., says this is a preliminary list, and explained it thusly: “Over the last several years, President Trump has evaded accountability for his near-daily attacks on our basic legal, ethical and constitutional rules and norms. Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee.” Indeed.
And, that is but one avenue of accountability Democrats have opened. Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., whose Oversight Committee hosted the public Cohen hearing, has promised ongoing investigations on three fronts. Cummings promises to “take a look at” every name mentioned by Cohen in his testimony, and will be looking to determine the degree to which the president and his subordinates have engaged in obstruction of justice, public corruption, and abuse of power.
Then there’s the House Intelligence Committee, now chaired by Adam Schiff, D-Calif. He has promised to look for any financial connections this president has to Russia and Saudi Arabia that may be affecting the president’s foreign-policy decisions.
According to Schiff, “Our job involves making sure that the policy of the United States is being driven by the national interest, not by any financial entanglement, financial leverage or other form of compromise.”
These are just the three most high-profile committees. There will be many others.
Elections have consequences.
— White, a retired fire services chief in South Florida, lives in Orange City. Send email to email@example.com.