The battle is on between Trump and his Democratic foes

A clarifying week in Washington showed how ugly the war of oversight between President Donald Trump and House Democrats will become and dug new battle lines in the most intense exchanges yet of the 2020 campaign.

House Democrats swung their investigative machinery into action in the most searching examination of the Trump White House so far, showing that the special counsel’s probe is only one of the President’s concerns.

The administration and its allies made clear they will do everything possible to frustrate Democratic oversight efforts, in a way that will test the constitutional infrastructure designed to hold the executive branch to account.

The President is already warning that the Democrats’ use of Congress’s constitutional prerogative to review and monitor his administration’s activity adds up to an illegitimate attempt to oust him from office in the 2020 election.

“The Democrats in Congress yesterday were vicious and totally showed their cards for everyone to see. When the Republicans had the Majority they never acted with such hatred and scorn! The Dems are trying to win an election in 2020 that they know they cannot legitimately win!” Trump tweeted on Saturday.

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