Trump Threatens to Investigate Democrats if They Probe His Administration

If these more economically populist bills passed the House (presumably with a good deal of Republican support), it would divide the Democrats, setting up intraparty squabbles heading into 2020. They included New Jersey Sen. Beto O'Rourke's Democratic campaign for Senate in Texas fell short by less than 3 percentage points in Texas, a GOP-heavy state that hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994.

Trump's team immediately sought to give him credit for retaining their narrow Senate majority, even as their foothold in the more competitive House battlefield appeared to be slipping.

In a statement, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders called Acosta's behavior "absolutely unacceptable" and said his White House press pass would be suspended "until further notice". They need to be reminded why.

Two other sources close to the White House said that Trump is already blaming retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan for the loss of the House.

The President said: "They can play that game, but we can play it better, because we have a thing called the United States Senate".

The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to subpoena Mr Trump's long-hidden tax returns amid suspicions the billionaire has paid minimal amounts for years and possibly expose hidden foreign ties.

But he said the Senate's chief priority will be confirming Mr. Trump's nominees, including judicial picks.

Democrats Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will become the first Native American women elected to Congres.

Long lines and malfunctioning machines marred the first hours of voting in some precincts, including in Georgia, where some voters reported waiting up to three hours to vote in a hotly contested gubernatorial election. Republicans in the state legislature voted a year ago to undo an anti-corruption plan approved by voters in a ballot referendum.

Those backgrounds created a sense of authenticity voters responded to, said Maeve Coyle, a spokeswoman for EMILY's List in Washington, D.C., a group that works to elect Democratic women to office.

Midterm elections typically do not hinge on economic concerns and a CNN exit poll showed the economy ranked third among the most important issues for voters nationwide, behind health care and immigration but ahead of gun policy. For former President Barack Obama, midterm elections in 2010 and 2014 were catastrophic compared to Trump's moderate losses.

Despite losing his majority in the House of Representatives, bookmakers still think the controversial president is set to remain in the White House for a second term.

At least 113 women won seats in the House of Representatives, many of them Democrats who helped their party win back a majority in the House.

Democrats' performance in the House battlefield was mixed.

Of the out-standing races, most look likely to go Democratic.

Also, four Democrats who are military veterans won House seats.

In Tuesday's elections, McConnell said, the contentious, partisan fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's nomination was "very helpful" in winning Senate seats, like an "adrenaline shot" for GOP voters.

The vote was seen as a referendum on the president, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Trump "may not like it, but he and his administration will be held accountable to our laws and to the American people".

And in the aftermath of Tuesday's midterm elections, the Republican Party is increasingly exclusively the party of Trump. Democrats are relying more upon women, people of colour, young people and college graduates.

"We will conduct the investigations Republicans didn't want to conduct".

Also striking was how numerous House races were decided by margins of five points or less.

A majority-Democrat House threatens to stymie Trump's agenda and could lead to the investigation of his administration.

The Republican party has now been pushed into a minority, but they gathered strength in the Senate.

In the suburbs outside the nation's capital, Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock - among the most endangered GOP incumbents, branded Barbara "Trumpstock" by Democrats - lost to Jennifer Wexton, a prosecutor and state legislator.

History was working against the president in both the House and the Senate: The president's party has traditionally suffered deep losses in his first midterm election, and 2002 was the only midterm election in the past three decades when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

  • Aubrey Nash