Democrats Aim a 'Subpoena Cannon' at Trump: Did American Voters Just Unleash 85 Anti-Trump Investigations?
- The subpoenas arecoming for President Trump
and his administration.
As Democrats get ready totake control of the House
they are coming up with a long list
of all the things theywant to investigate.
- We are not scatter shot.
We are not doing any investigationfor a political purpose.
But to seek the truth.
So I think you can describe about
how Democrats will goforward in this regard
is we will be very strategic.
- [Jenna] House MinorityLeader Nancy Pelosi
who hopes to take over as Speaker
says her party will be strategic.
But some new signs suggestthat may not be the case.
Axios reports Democrats areloading a subpoena canon
with a list of at least 85 investigations
they want to pursue.
- Well I think the Democratsare very much at risk
of overplaying their hand here.
I think the Americanpeople are going to suffer
from investigation fatigue.
- [Jenna] Stephen Moore an economist
with the Heritage Foundation
and former Trump economic advisor
tells CBN news he'sactually glad Democrats
will have control of the House.
- I was kind of quietlyhoping that Democrats
would take the House
and the Republicans would keep the Senate.
Because I felt like ifRepublicans controlled
every level of power goinginto the 2020 election,
and anything goes wrong
then what party would youpossibly have to blame
but the Republicans.
Now if things go wrong,
Trump can say look it's because
the Pelosi Democrats areblocking what I'm trying to do.
- [Jenna] The Axios listcovers just about everyone
and everything close to Trump
from day one of his presidency.
Many Democrats aretalking about impeachment
as the incoming House Oversight Chairman
Representative Jerry Nadlerwould be in charge of that.
But he says his number one priority
is Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.
- Right now our top priority is to protect
the Mueller investigation.
To protect the integrityof that investigation
from the White House attempt to stifle it
and to interfere with it.
- [Jenna] The man in chargeof the investigation,
the acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker
will be among the first called to testify.
- We will make sure thatMatt Whitaker immediately,
one of our first ordersof business will be
to invite him if necessary to subpoena him
to appear before the committee.
- It does violence to the Constitution
and the vision of our founders to appoint
such a person in such a manner
to be the chief legalofficer in our country.
- And you can count on afight from the White House.
President Trump says he's ready to take on
a war like posture andlaunch investigations
into the Democrats.
In Washington, Jenna Browder, CBN News.
- At the beginning ofthis show, I misspoke.
I said 75, it's gonna be 85 targets.
And they're talking aboutpreserving the integrity
of the Mueller investigation.
Well I want you to knowladies and gentlemen
that interrogatories have been received
from the special prosecutor,
the President has givenanswers through his legal team
to the special prosecutor.
He has taken thousandsof pages of testimony,
hours and hours of discussion.
As I say an enormous amount of material
and he must wrap it up.
And I think that it'sgoing to be wrapped up
frankly before the end of this year.
Because there's no more he could do.
There's no there there.
There was no political corruption,
no relationship with the Russians.
This whole thing is nothing but a hoax.
It was started a long timeago by a phony dossier
that came out of England.
And there was no collusion.
And that was what he was charged to do.
All right and the Justice Department
has just said that the appointment of
this new Attorney Generalwas absolutely legal,
absolutely appropriateaccording to the law.
There's no problem with that.
So do we want a nationthat is totally divided
and people yelling at each other
for the next three years?
That'll be horrible.
I can't conceive of it.
And why would the Democrats wanna do that?
Do they wanna go on the recordas being the chief opposers?
What is their plan.
Let 'em give forth a plan.
Here's how we're gonnamake America good and great
and a nice place to live.
Well our Chief PoliticalAnalyst David Brody
is joining us now.
And David I understand Nancy Pelosi
is facing a strong challenge for Speaker.
What do you think of that?
- That's right Pat.
You know we've talkeda lot or there's been
a lot of talk aboutRepublicans having some issues
as it relates to trumpand certain factions
within the Republican party.
The Democrats are having a devil of a time
trying to get their act together.
And we may see it play out in January.
When the Speaker Of The House is elected.
Nancy Pelosi is expected to be the Speaker
but she needs 218 votesand right now at least
when we're talking right at this moment
they're about 232 Democrats.
So that means if I do the math,
232 minus 218 means shecan only lose 14 Democrats.
Right now it seems likeat least 17 Democrats
are opposed to her.
They have actually come out and said
I'm not voting for her.
So that's a problem.
She can only lose 14 of those 17.
We'll see times have a way of kind of
ironing all of this out.
But there is going to be a letter sent
in the next couple of weeks
by some of these disgruntled Democrats
who are against Pelosi saying
we don't want her to be Speaker.
That'll be the story going forward, Pat.
- Well they've got tohave somebody against her.
Who is the somebody do you think is gonna
would be the focal pointof that opposition?
- Well they're having a hardtime trying to figure that out.
There's been talk of a womannamed Martha Fudge possibly
Congressman Martha Fudge.
But at this point they don't really know
and that's a big part of the problem.
- Do you agree with SteveMoore that it could be
a good thing for the Republicans
that the Democrats control the House?
- I definitely agree withSteve on that point for sure
as it relates to look ifthings bog down in Washington
at least it's not allTrump's fault, right.
I mean in other words it'snot just the Republican party
controlling both the House, the Senate,
and the White House, that's true.
I also think that basicallyDonald Trump needs a foil.
And Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats,
the House of Representativescontrolled by the Democrats
would be a wonderful foilpolitically for him in 2020.
Here's part of the problem here.
With all of these investigations
that Jenna was talkingabout in the piece earlier.
Here is the issue.
We know for example withthe Benghazi hearings
that came up all thatinvestigation that went on
during the Obama administration.
Well what came out of that?
Well the Hilary Clinton e-mail server.
That was the whole big talkout of that Benghazi hearing.
So look if there are a lotof different investigations
going on here with Trumpand we have new information
that comes out,
well that's not just fodder for Democrats,
it's fodder for the media,
it'll play into 2020 and it could affect
Donald Trump's re-election chances.
- Well it looks like by the way
that the Democrats have performed better
than we anticipated.
My count is that they might win
as many as 40 seats in the House.
What do you think happened?
- Well there are a lotof things that happened.
I mean it wasn't technically a blue wave
but it was pretty close to a blue wave.
I mean look in the Senate for example,
they could be at an even draw.
I mean if Florida for somereason goes to Bill Nelson
and that's a whole 'nother(foreign language) moment.
But if that's the case it could be 51, 48
basically 51, 49 if you will.
And we're back to wherewe started again. And why?
Well look again Arizonawhich we thought at the time
was gonna go to theRepublican Martha McSally
and it ended up going to Kyrsten Sinema.
And of course Democrats haven't
they haven't voted for aDemocrat Senator in Arizona
in 30 years but that stateis going more purple.
So there's a demographicsissue that Republicans have.
There's obviously a suburbanindependent women issue
that Republicans have as well.
And as for Jon Tester in Montana
that was the other oneRepublicans were hoping to get.
Matt Rosendale ultimatelywasn't that great of a candidate
and Jon Tester was actuallywell liked in Montana
despite the fact thatDonald Trump and Mike Pence
tried to go out therequite a bit and beat him.
- The suburban womensaying that Donald Trump
reminds them of their first husband.
And that is not a good thing.
What's he gonna do to getthose suburban women back?
- Look I think the train hasleft the station on this.
In other words, here's the answer.
The answer is he has to becalm around the Twitter feed
and not being so bombastic.
And I say ha, ha, ha, good luck with that.
That's not gonna happen, Pat.
You and I know it.
So they're gonna have asuburban women problem.
And so that is whatsuburban independent want.
They don't necessarily mindthe policies necessarily.
They actually kind of like the policies,
its' the rhetoric from Donald Trump.
It's just not gonna change.
He's a New Yorker throughand through, not happening.
Now as it relates to evangelical women,
77% of evangelical womenactually support Donald Trump.
But here's the issue.What about that other 23%?
Look, 23% of white evangelicalwomen in this country
many of 'em in the suburbseither somewhat approve
or somewhat disapprove of Donald Trump.
This is the issue forDonald Trump in 2020.
Everybody talked about those evangelicals
going for Donald Trump and81% voted for him in 2016.
The problem is that is if he doesn't win
some of those white evangelical women
in the suburbs over in 2020,
that 81% could go downto let's say 79% or so
and that will not get himelected into a second term.
- If you were sitting in the White House
saying Donald here's whatI'm gonna advise you,
what would you tell himto do to win those women?
- Well, Pat that is a tricky question.
I can't give advice.I'm just a journalist.
I play one on television.
I really am a journalist.
Look, I think though Pat what I just said
they may wanna rewind the tape
and actually listen to what I just said
because it's not advice,it's analysis. And it's true.
They've gotta figure outwhat they're gonna do
in the suburbs.
And the way they've gotta do it is somehow
tone down the rhetoric.
Though we know that's not gonna happen.
So they can talk aboutpolicies all they want.
But at some point they'vegotta figure out a way
to bring those evangelicalwomen back into the fold.
- They've got Hispanics in Florida
and he appeals to them.
Said do you wanna makethis like Nicaragua.
They get the message.
But you've got people in Nevada,
you've got people in Arizona,
you've got people in New Mexico,
you've got people in California,
you've got 'em in Texas.
You have so many Hispanicsand what has he done
to turn them against him.
Really that's what that votesignifies it seems like to me
that McSally loss in Arizona and so forth.
I mean those Hispanics arevoting against Donald Trump.
- Well here's the thing.
I think it's broader than that Pat.
I think that you can make the argument
that Hispanics have unfortunately voted,
if you're a Republican,
unfortunately voted againstthe Republican party
based on one issue and that's immigration.
It's really that simple.
When a state goes more purple,
that's what's gonna happen.
I mean look we know
what the Hispanic community is all about.
They are pro-family.
Their family, the culture
it's so important to Hispanic families
all across the country.
But they get tripped up,
I say they get tripped up,
they have an issue withthis one issue, immigration.
And it's played big time in Nevada,
big time in Arizona,
to a degree in Texas.
Why did Ted Cruz have such a hard time?
Yeah, the candidate there was impressive
but at the same time Texas too.
So we're seeing this all over the country
and I think we're gonnahave to wait to see
how that plays out.