Ocasio-Cortez, other progressives land spots on powerful committee poised to investigate Trump
January 21, 2019 11:54 pmFollow
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and numerous other progressive Democrats have been appointed to the influential House Oversight and Reform committee, according to a Tuesday release from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Ocasio-Cortez — who has emerged as the face of a new movement of young, liberal-leaning Democrats — is set to join the investigative committee that will serve as “a check on the executive branch,” Chairman Elijah E. Cummings said in the days following the 2018 midterm election.
Among the other progressive Democrats appointed to the committee: Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who grabbed headlines in January for using a profanity in her call to impeach President Donald Trump.
The committee was ranked one of the most influential in Congress in 2014 by The Atlantic, which noted that the committee investigates allegations of fraud and abuse within the federal government.
When asked about the outspoken nature of several new appointees to the committee, Cummings was dismissive, Politico reports: “If I based the choices going on the committee based on what people said or their reputations or whatever, I probably wouldn’t have a committee.”
Calling the committee “a powerful check on the Trump administration,” Axios has gathered a list including dozens of potential subpoena targets for the committee.
The Associated Press, citing two Democratic congressional staffers who spoke on condition of anonymity, reported in November that the committee would likely seek Trump’s business tax returns and other company-related financial records.
Trump’s personal income taxes, which he withheld during the 2016 campaign and during his two years in office, were at that time expected to be sought by the House Ways and Means Committee.