© Bloomberg U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, center, speaks as Representative Jerry Nadler, a Democrat from New York and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, from left, Representative Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California and chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, Representative Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat from New York and chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee, Representative Richard Neal, a Democrat from Massachusetts and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, listen during a news conference announcing the next steps in the impeachment inquiry at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, one on abuse of power and the other involving obstruction of Congress.
(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump’s scrutiny by Congress won’t end with his expected acquittal in the Senate. House Democrats have a list of inquiries they plan to pursue when the impeachment saga is over.
“The investigations and oversight will continue,” said Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York, head of the Oversight and Reform Committee, the lead investigative panel in the House. “We’ve got several cases.”
Democratic-led committees in the House will keep seeking a wide range of evidence and testimony as they look into Trump’s administration, his policies and his businesses and finances. They also plan to keep a focus on his conduct in dealing with Ukraine.
In addition, there are multiple court cases running on separate tracks seeking access to his tax returns, testimony from former White House officials and financial records to show whether the president is unlawfully profiting from foreign governments. Three of the cases will be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court in the spring.
Trump’s trial is scheduled conclude Wednesday with a vote in the Senate on the two articles of impeachment adopted by the House a little more than six weeks ago. With 67 votes needed to convict Trump in the GOP-led chamber, the president is expect to be easily acquitted.
The night before, Trump will stand before both chambers in the House rostrum to deliver his State of the Union address to lay out his election-year agenda.
Illinois Representative Raj Krishnamoorthi, a member of both the Oversight and Intelligence committees, said Democrats learned some lessons from the impeachment inquiry, in which Trump refused to provide documents or allow testimony from White House officials.
“It just makes us more wizened and more knowledgeable about all the different ways the other side is going to evade oversight, and to plan accordingly,” Krishnamoorthi said.
Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the House Republican leader, said he has no doubt that House Democrats will now intensify their Trump investigations. “That’s their only agenda,” he said.