President Trump Signs the NDAA
Democrats are setting their sights on several Trump administration secretaries, with the intent of investigating them when the new Congress is sworn in. Fox News reports:
President Trump won’t be the only high-profile target on House Democrats’ investigative agenda when the new Congress is seated in January, with top officials in his Cabinet also expected to face a torrent of scrutiny.
Trump’s Cabinet has seen several shakeups this year — including the departures of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. But several controversial figures remain. And Cabinet officials generally are easier for Congress to investigate than senior White House officials and the president, who can assert executive privilege to presumptively shield both his communications and deliberative processes from review.
House Democrats have signaled a particular interest in probing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and Housing and Urban Development head Ben Carson. Other possible officials to go under the microscope include Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, though Trump reportedly has indicated she may leave the administration, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
This will be a particularly bloody fight for President Trump, who will have to keep implementing his agenda while simultaneously fighting off Democrat obstructionism.