A day after leading the underwhelming Mueller hearings on Capitol Hill, House Democrats are pressing forward with their investigations into President Trump, his administration, and his family.
The House Oversight and Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), voted on Thursday morning to authorize subpoenas to access to White House internal communications, personal email accounts, and messaging applications, including those of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
The committee did so under the pretext of investigating to see whether members of the administration are abiding by federal laws that govern record keeping, specifically the Presidential Records Act.
The House Oversight Committee voted along party lines to subpoena all electronic communications within the Trump White House that occurred since Trump assumed office in 2017.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) objected to the resolution, characterizing it as “an attempt to create an appearance of some type of controversy.” Jordan felt that Democrats want to “go fishing” through personal emails of Trump’s family members.
Democrats still focused on scrutinizing President Trump
Wednesday’s Mueller hearings were seen by most as a step backward for Democrats’ efforts to build an impeachment case against President Trump. Mueller, who had made it clear that he was reluctant to testify before Congress, seemed unprepared and, to a certain degree, unfamiliar with the content of the 448-page report that bears his name.
However, despite failing to gain political ground this week, Democrats remain resolute in seeking to scrutinize and criticize the president. After the lackluster hearings, Cummings joined other senior Democrats in a brief press conference. “I’m begging the American people to pay attention to what is going on,” Cummings said.
Time is running short for Democrats to substantiate claims that President Trump has abused his power and broken laws. It seems unlikely that ongoing investigations by several House committees will cool, while Democrats still search for meaningful evidence against the president.