[Marxism] These Democrats Will Soon Have the Power to Investigate the White House. How Far Will They Go? - The New York Times

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Dec 23 13:52:46 MST 2018

(Bring it on.)

At noon on Jan. 3, the 435 members of the House of Representatives of 
the 116th Congress will convene for the first time in the Capitol. The 
chaplain will offer a prayer, the clerk will lead the chamber in the 
Pledge of Allegiance and a roll-call vote will be held to elect Nancy 
Pelosi speaker of the House. Then the new speaker will grasp the gavel 
and swear in the representatives-elect — their right hands raised, some 
of them clutching Bibles or Torahs or Qurans in their left. There will 
be speeches and family photos and, among the Democrats, who will now be 
in the majority, much celebration. But before any of that happens, 
Representative Elijah Cummings will have sent out letters.

One letter will have been jointly addressed to Health and Human Services 
Secretary Alex Azar, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and 
acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, demanding the age, gender, 
country of origin and current location of every child who was separated 
from his or her parents under the Trump administration’s immigration 
policy. Another will have gone to Pat Cipollone, the White House 
counsel, asking for the identities of any senior White House officials 
who have used — as Hillary Clinton once did — nongovernment email 
accounts to conduct official business.

The White House chief of staff will have received a letter, also 
addressed to the heads of multiple federal agencies, requesting 
information and documents about the use of government-owned aircraft for 
personal travel and private aircraft for official travel. Outside the 
government, the Trump Organization will have received one asking for a 
complete accounting of all the payments it has received from foreign 
governments or foreign-government-owned entities since Donald Trump’s 
election. Each letter will have been written on stationery bearing the 
seal of the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and 
Government Reform and signed with Cummings’s looping signature over the 
word: “Chairman-designate.”


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