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Trump Warned Democrats of War. They're Digging In

Axios cites a 'subpoena cannon' is ready to fire
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2018 11:54 AM CST
President Trump gestures at the media during a campaign rally Oct. 31, 2018, in Estero, Fla.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

(Newser) – A day after the midterms, President Trump warned that he would assume a "warlike posture" if Democrats used their new control of the House to aggressively investigate him. A slew of new stories suggests that Trump will have to assume that posture quickly. One of the phrases in circulation Monday is "subpoena cannon"—as in, that's what House lawmakers are preparing to unleash against the president, one Democratic source tells Axios. Details and developments:

  • 85 and counting: So what might Democrats investigate? Pretty much everything, from Trump's taxes, to his family's business dealings, to Russian ties, to hush-money payments, etc. Axios has compiled a list of no fewer than 85 possible oversight targets.
  • And this: Rep. Adam Schiff, incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Democrats might look into whether Trump used “instruments of state power” to punish CNN and the Washington Post, according to a report in the Post. The allegation on CNN is that Trump sought to stop AT&T from buying parent company Time Warner; on the Post, it's that Trump has been pushing for the postal service to increase shipping rates on Amazon, whose owner, Jeff Bezos, also owns the newspaper.

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