Dems ramp up subpoena threats

House Democrats are pushing forward with multiple investigations of the Trump administration, adopting an aggressive posture after special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation ended disappointingly for critics of the president.

The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee intensified a fight over White House security clearances on Monday, while the House Judiciary Committee announced it would vote Wednesday on authorizing a subpoena to compel the release of Mueller’s full report and underlying evidence to Congress.

The pressure comes amid growing calls from congressional Republicans for Democrats to stand down following the release of Mueller’s core findings and worries that the Democratic Party could hurt itself ahead of the 2020 election if it is seen as focusing too much on partisan investigations and not enough on governing. Yet Democrats also face pressure from their base to move forward with the probes.

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings(D-Md.) on Monday added momentum to his panel’s probe by revealing that a White House staffer informed the committee in a private interview of alleged failures in the White House security clearance process.

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