No matter who wins the White House on Tuesday, the next president is likely to enter office under the threat of investigation by the rival party. Without a doubt, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are deeply polarizing figures unlikely to enjoy a period of goodwill from the other side of the aisle.
Multiple Republicans this week have predicted impeachment could be on the table if Clinton wins, a possibility Trump has mentioned in a late effort to boost his bid for the White House.
The Hill reports,
And while Republicans are likely to control at least one chamber of Congress next year, Democrats would almost certainly seek to launch their own inquiries into Trump, should he triumph on Tuesday.
“The climate the atmosphere, the vitriolic nature of our politics does not change on Nov. 9,” warned one former top Democratic House staffer.
Rep. Michael McCaul, the Texas Republican and House Armed Services chairman, has repeatedly warned of a rocky road for Clinton if she wins.
This week, he called Clinton’s handling of classified information “treason.” A day later, he suggested she could be impeached if elected.
A handful of other Republican lawmakers, including Sen. Ron Johnson (Wis.), who is up for reelection, have recently entertained investigations or impeachment proceedings for Clinton.
Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, told a local paper this week that Clinton’s conduct at State would meet the standard for removal from office if she were elected.
But some top Republicans, such as Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), have tried to throw cold water on the impeachment talk.
“Using that word before an election is just very premature,” said GOP strategist and former top House Republican aide Ron Bonjean, who characterize impeachment talk as “overreach.”
But he echoed Republican lawmakers who say that simply investigating Clinton shouldn’t be seen as partisan, particularly if there’s an active FBI investigation into the next president.
“As long as there’s an official FBI investigation, it remains nonpartisan,” Bonjean added.
“If Republicans don’t appear to be overreaching, there will be very little sympathy for the fallout of an investigation.”
If Trump wins the White House, Republicans will almost assuredly control both houses of Congress. That would make it very difficult for Democrats to launch investigations into his administration or business dealings, since such inquiries would require GOP cooperation.
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