Dems prepare to ‘count’ with all of Trump’s damage once he’s out

Joe Biden’s presidential victory will end Donald Trump’s presidency, but it will not end attempts by House Democrats to investigate what has happened in the past four years.

But Democratic lawmakers fear the transition of power itself will make this task even more infuriating than it has been in the past two years – because they fear the Trump administration will shred the revenue to the exit.

In a rare move this week, all House committee chairs signed a letter to the White House, reminding officials, “You are obligated to ensure that any information previously requested by Congress … is safeguarded and archived. appropriately in a manner that is easily retrievable. “

That Democrats felt compelled to issue such a reminder reflects their lack of confidence in the Trump administration. Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL), who helped organize the letter, told the Daily Beast the idea arose out of a late-night conversation with his colleague, Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) “Trying to figure out what these things are could go wrong” during a presidential transition.

“As Americans we all worry about what someone would do with Donald Trump’s narcissistic tendencies during a transition, and how that would endanger our democracy,” said Casten, who said the Lawmakers aimed, through the letter, to warn the administration and let officials know that Congress is backing them. “The Trump administration is acting in accordance with statutory requirements,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said when asked about the Democrats’ letter.

If the Trump administration’s documents are kept and accessible, they could form the basis of something that has eluded Democrats for the past two years: investigations that actually reveal important new information, on topics ranging from COVID-19 response to administration’s immigration policy until use. public resources.

But even so, several House Democrats have told the Daily Beast they will have to make some tough choices as a caucus about how much investigative firepower to devote to the Trump presidency and where to focus it.

“There are a number of critical investigations underway that should continue until they come to a natural conclusion,” said Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD), a member of the oversight committee of the House, but he added that House Democrats will face a busy legislative agenda next year. “There will undoubtedly be a screening and selection process, undertaken with the leadership of the House,” said the Democrat of Maryland.

Before that, however, lawmakers must face a bizarre transition in which the sitting president who has defied them for years refuses, with one last middle finger, to acknowledge defeat. That refusal spread to the federal government apparatus, with the generally obscure General Service administration dragging its feet to recognize Biden as the winner of the election.

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