Americans on both sides of the aisle woke up with mixed feelings Wednesday morning after Tuesday night’s election results showed major wins and losses for Republicans and Democrats. But one big question loomed in the minds of many: What happens if the Democrat-led House starts opening a bunch of investigations on Trump in hopes of impeaching him?
The Washington Post pointed out that Democrats could go after the president on everything from immigration policies to his personal finances to alleged collusion with Russia. They could subpoena people left and right, Politico noted, although Pelosi’s camp claims they’re not gunning for Trump.
The president gave his response to that on Twitter, writing, “If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level. Two can play that game!”
Former Hillary Clinton adviser Mark Penn also addressed how the president could fight back.
Speaking to “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday, Penn pointed out that “Trump can now appoint an attorney general who might appoint a second independent counsel, and so subpoenas could fly every direction.”
A new attorney general, he added, could “investigate the investigators.”
But Trump is posing an alternative.
During a noontime press conference Wednesday, a reporter brought up that anticipated fight by asking, “You said earlier in this press conference that Democrats had a choice that you would not work with them on legislation if they were investigating you. Do you not have a choice in the matter as well? Do you not have a responsibility—”
“No, no, I think it’s very inappropriate. I think we should get along and get deals done,” Trump replied, extending a hand of cooperation toward Pelosi.
But he pointed out if they’re not willing to work together, “we can investigate, they look at us, we look at them, it goes on for two years. Then at the end of two years, nothing’s done.”
“Now what’s bad for them is, being in the majority, I’m just going to blame them.”
And then Trump revealed that the tweet he sent out earlier endorsing Pelosi to be elected Speaker of the House again was not intended to be snide or sarcastic.
“A lot of people thought I was being sarcastic or was kidding, but I wasn’t. I think she deserves it. She’s been fighting long for it. [My tweet] was really meant with really good intentions,” he explained.
“She’s a very capable person, and you have other people shooting at her, trying to take over the speakership,” he continued.
“I also believe that Nancy Pelosi and I can work together and get a lot of things done.”
Watch that part of the press conference below: