Trump says government will halt if Dems investigate him

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Trump dissected the elections in a combative White House news conference that stretched to almost 90 minutes as he put a defiantly glossy sheen on the mixed midterm results and stressed his party's victories in the Senate. They talked on election night about doing an infrastructure package and lowering health care costs, particularly around prescription drugs, priorities for both sides.

Libby noted that often the only way the Legislature was able to extract information from LePage's administration was to use the Government Oversight Committee's subpoena powers to compel witnesses to appear before them.

"The expectation is that we will behave as a real branch of government and not just a supplicant to Trump, which this current Congress has been for the last two years", said Representative Raúl Grijalva, Democrat of Arizona.

A Democratic House isn't going to put the United States back in the Iranian nuclear accord or the Paris climate agreement, and is unlikely to challenge Trump's protectionist line on trade.

"The Trump thing works", says GOP pollster Frank Luntz.

Trump also dismissed the suggestion he could move to end Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation of whether his 2016 election campaign colluded with Russian Federation to get him into the White House.

"Mia Love gave me no love", the president said. The alleged crime is attempted obstruction of justice, which Democrats will argue the president committed by interfering with a federal criminal investigation for venal - i.e., dishonest or self-protective - purposes.

Trump reeled off a shopping list of disadvantages he claimed that the Republicans had faced going into Tuesday's vote, including "wealthy donors and special interests" for the Democrats, and "very hostile media coverage". White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sought to minimize Democratic gains in that chamber, but called retaining control of the Senate a "huge moment and victory for the president". "CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them". He called CNN's Jim Acosta, with whom he has frequently spared, "a rude, awful person".

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Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who ran against Pelosi past year as a centrist alternative, said colleagues want to do what's best for the new members coming from districts that just flipped from Republicans.

Even in the Senate where Democrats lost ground, they won the popular vote in those races by 15 points (they got 57 percent of the popular vote; the Republicans - just 42 percent). Already the only woman to have held the job, she would also become one of the few lawmakers to reclaim the gavel after losing it.

The House Judiciary Committee will focus on whether Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because Comey declined to go easy on Mike Flynn - the president's friend and national security adviser - as Comey has said the president demanded.

The results, Trump argued, were proof of his ability to turn out voters. The two houses of Congress write the laws, and the president enforces them. "We have to make sure that we are advancing a common sense majority platform that America wants, and let's hope that we can bring Republicans aboard with us".

"John Faso. Those are some of the people that decided for their own reason not to embrace, whether it's me or what we stand for", Trump said. Today, his chances for re-election look much more hard than they did just a few months ago.

A debate about whether Trump's rhetoric encouraged extremists erupted in the campaign's final weeks after pipe bombs were mailed to his top political rivals allegedly by a Trump supporter who was arrested and charged, and 11 people were killed in a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. "The fact is we'd like to work together".

A nation deeply divided along geographic and cultural lines delivered a split verdict in an election cast as a referendum on the president. President Trump wants as much as $5 billion to fund the southern border wall, but senior House Democratic advisers have told ABC News that Democrats, with a newly-reclaimed majority - will be loathe to provide one cent for that kind of funding.

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