McConnell Warns Democrats Of 'Presidential Harassment,' Doesn't Mention Trump's Threat
Senate Majority Mitch McConnell is taking a play out of First Lady Melania Trump's anti-bullying campaign: is now going on the offensive against Democrats who have taken over the House of Representatives, and with it, subpoena power.
McConnell calls any investigations into Trump "presidential harassment."
He conveniently sidestepped a question about Trump threatening to investigate House Democrats if they "wasted taxpayer money" by going after him.
If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level. Two can play that game!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
McConnell tried to make a historical case against going after Trump by bringing up former President Bill Clinton. He said investigating Trump "might not be a smart strategy."
.@senatemajldr: "The whole issue of presidential harassment is interesting. I remember when we tried it in the late '90s. We impeached President Clinton. His numbers went up and ours went down. And we under-performed in the next election." pic.twitter.com/BfEWTEJ70J— CSPAN (@cspan) November 7, 2018
Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway was asked about the prospect of the White House being under investigation and also tried to make it seem like it would backfire with voters.
Asked whether Pres. Trump is concerned about threat of impeachment, Kellyanne Conway says voters might not have "much of an appetite” for House members who spend time “investigating, instigating, trying to impeach and subpoena people.” https://t.co/pdLkjYFURf pic.twitter.com/gkdBf4QVHf— ABC News (@ABC) November 7, 2018
Right now, it's unclear what Democrats will do with their new powers, but it's said that they're already in the process of seeking to request Trump's tax returns, which he has still yet to make available. Request is a kind word. The reality is, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has the power to get anyone's tax returns, including the presidents.