How to Not Screw Up a Democratic Majority

| Walter Pincus
Walter Pincus
Columnist, The Cipher Brief

OPINION — Democrats controlling the House next January should see an Armed Services Committee that supports some reduced defense spending in fiscal 2020, and an Intelligence Committee that protects, rather-than-attacks, the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Both committees will open aggressive inquiries into Trump activities in their separate areas of interest.

The prospective Democratic chairmen of both committees have already given clear indications of what they each have in mind.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who – as ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence – is in line to become chairman, recently told National Public Radio (NPR) that one of the first things he will investigate is whether Donald Trump Jr., informed his father of the Trump Tower pre-election, June 6, 2016, meeting with Russian nationals and whether his father, then a presidential candidate, approved that meeting.

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The Author is Walter Pincus

Walter Pincus is a Columnist and the Senior National Security Reporter at The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics from nuclear weapons to politics.  In 2002, he and a team of Post reporters won the Pulitzer Price for national reporting. He also won an Emmy in 1981 and the 2010 Arthur Ross Award from the American Academy for Diplomacy.  He can be reached at wpincus@thecipherbrief.com.

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