One of the consequences of Democrats winning the House is that they will gain control of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Over the last eight years the previous three Republican chairmen — Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) — effectively converted this powerful anti-corruption committee into a kangaroo court to harass liberal politicians and create opposition research for GOP campaigns.
Under President Donald Trump, the committee at times devolved into outright intimidation – with Chaffetz threatening former White House ethics director Walter Shaub for criticizing Trump’s financial conflicts of interest.
But now that Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is taking the wheel the Oversight Committee will be taking a different turn – reverting back to its role as a government watchdog.
And after two years of tiptoeing around Trump, Democrats plan to investigate as many as 85 issues in the Trump administration.