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Democrats win House in setback for Donald Trump

by Purvai Dua
7th Nov 18 10:16 am

In a major blow to Trump and the Republican Party, Democrats have secured the 218 seats needed to regain control of the House of Representatives, giving them the numbers to veto Trump’s agenda and open his administration to intense scrutiny.

The newly empowered Democrats will have the ability to investigate Trump’s tax returns, possible business conflicts of interest and allegations involving his 2016 campaign’s links to Russia. They also could force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions, possibly dooming his promises to fund a border wall with Mexico, pass a second major tax-cut package or carry out his hardline policies on trade.

A simple House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaces that he obstructed justice or that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia. But Congress could not remove him from office without a conviction by a two-thirds majority in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Nancy Pelosi, the woman expected to become the new Democrat Speaker of the House, said in a celebratory speech that Wednesday would be a “new day in America”, adding: “We’ve all had enough of division.”

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