This week a number of major media headlines have given the appearance that there’s a likelihood that Congress will not have subpoena power in its investigation into the Trump DOJ spying scandal. While there is a kernel of truth to these headlines, they omit the big picture.
Because the Democratic “majority” in the Senate is actually 50-50 with a tiebreaker, the Democrats do control what each Senate committee investigates, but there is a controversy as to whether the Democrats will actually have unilateral subpoena power. But here’s the thing: even as that controversy plays out, it’s already somewhat moot.
The Democrats have an actual majority in the House. This means that whichever House committee or committees end up tasked with investigating the Trump DOJ spying scandal, they will have subpoena power whether any Republicans vote with them on it or not – and they will use it.
So as a statement of fact, yes, Congress will have the ability to subpoena people in the Trump DOJ spying scandal. Even if the Senate can’t do it, the House can and will do it.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report