Democrats who surged to power in the House are salivating over subpoena power and a long menu of potential investigations to cudgel President Donald Trump and his administration.
But anticipation of a blue wave of subpoenas is about to meet reality: it could be months before Democrats launch their most high-profile investigations, and even longer before they get results.
“One of the misimpressions is that things start as soon as the election is over,” a senior Democratic official familiar with Democratic leaders’ oversight plans. “That’s not how it works.”
That’s sure to be a point of contention for a Democratic base hungry to put Trump and his administration under a microscope after two years of accusing Republicans of shirking their responsibility to hold the president accountable.