The Democratic congressman about to become the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee now that Democrats won back the majority has put President Trump on notice, saying Trump is about “to learn that he’s not above the law”, according to The Hill. Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y) also said that the election yesterday was in large measure about accountability, and that while President Trump may not like it, that accountability is going to be applied to Trump’s administration.
Additionally, Nadler said the House Judiciary Committee would be looking into the Trump administration’s policies on health care, immigration, and the environment. According to The Hill:
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y), who is set to become the House Judiciary Committee chairman after the Democrats recaptured the House in the midterm elections, said on Tuesday night that President Trump is about “to learn that he’s not above the law.” “This election was about accountability,” Nadler told CNN. “Donald Trump may not like hearing it but for the first time, his administration is going to be held accountable…He’s going to learn that he’s not above the law.”
Nadler most assuredly is not the only Democrat who will now have the power to provide checks and balances to Trump since the Democrats have retaken the House majority, checks and balances that the current Republican-majority House was unwilling to pursue. According to The Independent:
On Tuesday, Mr Nadler made clear he would be willing to use the subpoena powers his party had been handed during the crucial election. “We’ll use subpoena power if we have to, when we have to,” he said…Mr Trump has a slew of Democratic opponents to face under the new House leadership, who will now head up some of the most important congressional committees. Maxine Waters (D-CA), an ardent Trump critic who has railed against the president for refusing to disclose his tax returns, is slated to become the chair of the House Financial Services committee. Adam Schiff (D-CA) will now lead the US House Intelligence Committee, as Mr (Elijah) Cummings (D-MD) chairs the Oversight committee. Each of those committees could launch major investigations into Mr Trump and his dealings, potentially leading to two years of gridlock and contentious battles between congress and the Oval Office.
What a difference a day makes, especially a day with an election. While the Democratic majority in the House won’t start until the new Congressional session begins in January, already there are signs of how Democrats will use their newly regained power to provide checks and balances to President Trump and to the Trump administration. Those checks and balances are key to the maintenance of democracy. As Nadler said, “Donald Trump may not like hearing it, but for the first time, his administration is going to be held accountable…He’s going to learn that he’s not above the law.”