The Committee’s Monitoring and Reform Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings asks for more information about the Trumpad Administration’s handling of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, family separation policy at the border and more. | Alex Brandon / AP Photo
Democrats still have two weeks to take control of the Chamber, but a top democratic investigator already puts President Donald Trump on termination.
Incoming house monitoring and government reform Committee chairman Elijah Cummings sent Wednesday more than 50 letters to several agencies and departments, as well as Trump Organization and Trump’s personal lawyers who requested documents on a series of scandals that have plagued the White House.
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Maryland Democrat asks for more information about the administration’s handling of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Trump’s controversial family parish policy at the border, the White House decision to revoke the security clarity of senior officials who became Trump critics and more .
Cumming’s letter provided the basis for much more aggressive monitoring of the executive branch over the next two years. Democrats have long complained that the house Republicans have bled for allegations of irregularities, abuse of official funds and other alleged conflicts of interest. Cummings, a veteran of surveillance battles, plans to keep the administration’s feet to the fire.
“These are documents that even the Republicans of the Monitoring Committee – at least at some point – thought we needed to perform effective monitoring, but when the Trump administration refused to complete completely, the Republicans would not issue a single verdict,” said Cummings in a statement. “Many of these requests were bipartisan, and some are now more than a year old. As Democrats are preparing to take the intestines in Congress, we insist – as a basic first step – that Trump Administration and others follow these Republican inquiries.”  Sign up here for POLITICO Huddle
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