New Oversight Chairman Calls All-Out Probe of Trump ‘a Fight for the Soul of Our Democracy’

The Daily Signal | 1/14/2019 | Staff
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The new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says he will do all he can to investigate President Donald Trump and his administration over the next two years.

“We are in a fight for the soul of our democracy,” Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired on Jan. 13. “And you’ve got to understand that. This is serious business.”

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Cummings said that, as chairman of the committee, he has the authority to investigate anything he deems appropriate to examine.

“We can look at anything,” Cummings said, concurring with CBS’ Steve Kroft’s suggestion that the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency, for example, are fair game for investigation.

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Ryan Zinke, former secretary of the Interior Department, resigned Dec. 15 and left office Jan. 2, owing to “multiple probes tied to his real estate dealings in Montana and conduct while in office,” according to the Chicago Tribune. Scott Pruitt, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, resigned in July due to “unrelenting attacks” on him and his family, which “have taken a sizable toll on all of us,” CNN reported.

“The fact that we can look at anything is part of the problem,” Cummings said. “There’s so much. No, … I’m serious. There’s so much.”

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