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Axios: House Republicans Circulating ‘Hell’ List of Possible Investigations Democrats May Initiate if They Take Over

Axios: House Republicans Circulating ‘Hell’ List of Possible Investigations Democrats May Initiate if They Take Over

Preparing for the worst.

Axios reported on Sunday night that the publication received a spreadsheet that has worked its way through House Republican offices. The item contains a list of possible investigations the Democrats may initiate if they take over the House in November.

Axios did not attach the spreadsheet to its piece, but listed a few of the investigations:

  • President Trump’s tax returns
  • Trump family businesses — and whether they comply with the Constitution’s emoluments clause, including the Chinese trademark grant to the Trump Organization
  • Trump’s dealings with Russia, including the president’s preparation for his meeting with Vladimir Putin
  • The payment to Stephanie Clifford — a.k.a. Stormy Daniels
  • James Comey’s firing
  • Trump’s firing of U.S. attorneys
  • Trump’s proposed transgender ban for the military
  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s business dealings
  • White House staff’s personal email use
  • Cabinet secretary travel, office expenses, and other misused perks
  • Discussion of classified information at Mar-a-Lago
  • Jared Kushner’s ethics law compliance
  • Dismissal of members of the EPA board of scientific counselors
  • The travel ban
  • Family separation policy
  • Hurricane response in Puerto Rico
  • Election security and hacking attempts
  • White House security clearances

The list also includes “more than 100 formal requests from House Democrats this Congress, spanning nearly every committee.” It has “requests for administration officials to be grilled by committee staff, requests for hearings to obtain sworn testimony, efforts to seize communications about controversial policies and personnel decisions, and subpoena threats.”

Basically, it will “turn the Trump White House into a 24/7 legal defense operation.” Lawyers close to the White House told Axios that “the Trump administration is nowhere near prepared for the investigatory onslaught that awaits them, and they consider it among the greatest threats to his presidency.”

The Democrats need to flip 24 Republican seats and hold the 194 seats they already hold.

Without control of the House, Democrats have largely remained mum about impeaching Trump. From Roll Call:

But Democrats are wary of prematurely brandishing the “I” word, even if they’re acting as megaphones for reports that Trump may be tied to criminal activity.

“I don’t think we should be talking about it and embracing it before we’ve seen the full body of evidence,” Schiff, a former prosecutor, said of impeaching the president. “I like to know all the facts before I make a judgment.”

Schiff and Pelosi have indicated that there would need to be a robust case against Trump for Democrats to consider impeachment because they’ll likely need more than a dozen Senate Republicans to vote with Democrats to remove him.

“Given the dearth of people in the GOP who aren’t willing to say anything about this president’s conduct, I think you’re going to need a really powerful case to entertain that kind of a sanction.”

That may change if they grab the House in November considering the number of investigations the Democrats may launch.

In all honesty, in a sea of predictions and polls, it’s hard to determine who will win the House in November. I’ve seen people predict the Democrats will pick up 60+ seats while others believe they will win just enough to get control.

FiveThirtyEight’s polling gives Democrats a 72% chance of winning the House. The Cook Political Report isn’t as optimistic for the Democrats:

There are still more races in Lean Republican than Lean Democratic, and if those races fell to the favorites and the 30 Toss Ups were to split evenly, Democrats would gain 22 seats, one short of a majority. But there’s still time for many of the races in Lean and Likely Republican to develop into more competitive contests, and in wave election years, the Toss Ups typically break disproportionately towards one party.

Democrats remain clear but not overwhelming House favorites. On the low end, it’s possible House control may not be decided until days after the election. It’s also possible a “Blue Wave” could propel Democrats to historic gains, well past the 23 they need. Right now, Democrats appear poised to gain between 20 and 40 seats, with 25 to 35 the likeliest outcome.

As for me, I wouldn’t be shocked by any result that comes in November. After November 2016 nothing shocks me when it comes to elections!


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2nd Ammendment Mother | August 27, 2018 at 3:14 pm

I’d be less concerned about that list and much more concerned about their using that list to attempt to “anul” the things that have caused economic turn around like tax reform, deregulation, conservative judges and such.

Get this put there and highlight the fact Democrats have no interest on good governance and are only interested in blood letting.

Work this 24/7/365 until November to get as many conservatives out as possible to vote!!

Lawyers close to the White House told Axios . . .

Uh-huh. “Unnamed sources.” Wake me when something real looms over the horizon.

FiveThirtyEight’s polling gives Democrats a 72% chance of winning the House. The Cook Political Report isn’t as optimistic for the Democrats:

I don’t want to hear any prognostications from any pollster or pundit who failed to predict Trump’s win in 2016. They’re losers.

    Conan in reply to tom_swift. | August 27, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    They aren’t ust Losers they are executing a plan to raise Democrat voter turnout. If you haven’t figured out by now that 538 and the Cook report are there to do work for the Democrat party turnout machine you just haven’t been paying attention to their lack of predictions in 2010, 2014 and 2016 of Republican victories.

      Colonel Travis in reply to Conan. | August 27, 2018 at 4:50 pm

      Exuding confidence 24/7 that you’re gonna win is risky. At a certain point it starts motivating people to stay at home because they think they’re not needed.

      I went to a Ted Cruz rally today and he was up front about how close that race is and said – I need your help. The left cannot shovel money in this state race fast enough. The Fake Hispanic is mostly backed by non-Texans. There are more (R)s than (D)s here, but if (R)s are not motivated, and I don’t know why the hell they wouldn’t be, that will not be good.

        Beto is 4th generation Texan. He’s a product of the state he lives in. Beto is more Texan than Cruz.

        Cruz was actually surprised by the D’s ground game in DFW. And the first effin’ thing out of his piehole after waking up to Team Beto pounding his ass is “furriners and their money are scary” (coastal progressives?)

        I’ve watched as Texans shoot their mouths off about everything under the sun and how awesomely right wing the state is and how everyone should look to them as the last conservative redoubt. And then the ice on the Texas wishing well cracked.


          Colonel Travis in reply to Tiki. | August 28, 2018 at 12:32 am

          Gee, he’s got more generations, therefore he’s more Texan. What the hell kind of idiotic argument is that? He’s also got more burglary and DWI convictions than Cruz and his mom is a tax cheat, which makes him an expert on the justice system and the IRS. Sorry, when you are to the left of Nancy Pelosi, you do not represent the state of Texas.

          The Fake Hispanic could not be in the position he is in without outside money. That’s simply a fact. Pointing this out isn’t crying about it – it’s being an honest adult about it. I’d ask you to try that sometime but I think you’ve hit top speed right here.

          Cruz has been in the lead since Day 1 in every poll. A hardcore leftist cannot win statewide office here.

The worst is already here: sessions is rat #1, and by covering for the crimes of klinton and odumbo, he is setting up the swamp to crush us.

At this point, does anybody believe there is a cobflict preventing sessions from unleashing the jistice.dept on tje most corrupt US government in our history?

Didnt think so.

Sessions needs to be canned – yesterday.

Wow, a whole bunch of stuff that isn’t illegal, just stuff that gets the Dems’ panties in a bunch. Going to be a long decade if those whack jobs get back into power anytime soon.

Don’t care about the polls. They are mostly garbage and the polsters know it.

I wouldn’t be that worried about most of this stuff because it isn’t of any national importance. But the issue that is going to hit Trump the hardest is that if the Dems take the House they will feed Mueller anabolic steroids to grow his “Investigation”. It will encompass the Trump businesses and all of his children’s business. It will look at every real estate deal he has ever made. It will use every person he has ever done business with to get at him. This could go on for years and coupled with the Dems in the House could make Trump’s effectiveness almost nil. He needs to get out every day from now until Nov and tell everyone that can hear him to get out all the votes they can. His way and style of doing his job are in severe jeopardy.

I hold a BS in Statitics and have followed poltical polling and elections for DECADES and I will be back here on every post Mary does to remind of here prediciton of 60 House seats. The Democrats under the circumstances aren’t in a position to even pick up seats no less the 60 she predicts. I hate when people who write for a living try and do numerical analysis and even worse try and make predictions from “experts” who are not trying to analayze the possible upcoming election but trying to create a Blue Wave with tamping down voter or ramping them up with their predictions. Mary if you are reading this we left true and accurate polling and analysis a LONG time ago and if you didn’t learn from the BLAZING example of this same kind of polling propaganda in 2016 you can’t see the next result of 2018.

    Valerie in reply to Conan. | August 27, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Let’s not shoot the messenger.

    We certainly saw a lot of placebo polls during the last election, along with the character assassination campaign, and violence toward American voters. Apparently the Democrats are doubling down on the full spectrum of their failed strategies.

    So, let’s push for voter Id and auditable elections while we enjoy the spectacle of a competent President in action.

    oldgoat36 in reply to Conan. | August 27, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Uh, what? She said she has seen people who are predicting a 60 seat pick up, but I don’t see where she is saying that is her prediction. How does giving a report change to a prediction when none are stated?

    Matt_SE in reply to Conan. | August 27, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    I assume the true state of affairs will be revealed more by the direction of polls than the final numbers. Wild predictions will have to come closer to reality in the end so that these charlatans are still employable.

    That doesn’t necessarily mean their final numbers will be correct, just closer to correct than they used to be.


Do any of these congress critters have any plans to legislate?

    openeyes in reply to amwick. | August 27, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    The only legislation I want to see is repealing of legislation.

    Oh…except for finally passing a proper budget.

About 2/3rds of the list makes it like they’re launching a belated investigation into the Obama Administration.

It is typical that the party who heads the WH loses seats in the mid-term election. Typical. Yet, with Trump, not much has been typical, except the insanity of the leftists.

There are a lot of open seats from Republicans leaving office in high numbers. That helps the argument that the Dems will take the House, but incumbents leaving can lead to their replacements being of the same party – and that is from the make up of the voter base they come from.

I think, given the continual attacks against Trump, that both sides are fairly motivated to get out to vote.

Polls are becoming more difficult as more switch to cell phones and many do not answer calls from numbers they don’t know. Those who do pick up may hang up when they hear it’s a poll, so the results get more and more skewed. Add to it Push Polling, and the media using polls as news, rather than opinions, which is what polls are. The polling news has always been meant to suppress voter turn out from Republicans. When it becomes a couple weeks before the election, we have seen too often of late, polls shifting toward more likely results.

The people turned quickly on Republicans when Clinton was impeached, this could be a case where it is well known by the public that the left wants to impeach him and has expressed that from almost day one. This mid-term could be influenced by those desires, and not to the benefit of the Democrats.

We shall see… plus there are always October surprises.

I’m suspecting if the Dems do manage to pull some sort of October Surprise and ram their way into a narrow majority, the Trump strategy will be two-fold:
First, peel individual Dem committee members out of tight votes with focused criticism and some “Oh, was that project supposed to go to your district? So sorry.”

Second, a great amount of slow-walking any requests with notes like “As per precedent set by former (name of boss) on (date of Obama administration), the requested information does not need to be provided to congress.” or “It has been policy since the Obama administration not to …”

Pelosi will be everything for the left that Boehner and Ryan failed to be for the right.

“FiveThirtyEight’s polling gives Democrats a 72% chance of winning the House.”

I really get a chuckle out of that.

The one thing I know for sure about House races is that you can discount the “generic ballot” measure right away. Control of the House isn’t decided by one, big national referendum but by dozens of individual races.

What happens in one district has almost no bearing on another.

I wonder if any of these Republicans ever considered trying to keep control of Congress by defying the party leadership, and actually doing the things they campaigned on, maybe even cooperating with Trump, rather than pretending to while doing their best to thwart him. There isn’t any reason they should lose control of Congress, other than their lying to voters and refusing to deliver on their promises when they have the power to. You’d think they would want to remain the majority, rather than plan for defeat — maybe not?