Now that Democrats control the House of Representatives, they can use their new subpoena power to function as a check on President Donald Trump.
Observers say the Democratic victory could not have come at a better time, given that Trump ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions one day after the midterms.
Not only could Sessions be one of the witnesses Democrats call to testify in the House Russia investigation once they relaunch it, but his willingness to cooperate with investigators may also have gone up following his dismissal.
“For two years, the Trump Administration has been able to operate without any check-and-balance on their affairs,” a former spokesperson for Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee told INSIDER. “Now, every meeting, email, appointment … is subject to congressional oversight. This will have a seismic effect on the Trump Administration.”
One of the defining features of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives over the last…