President Donald Trump issued a threat to Democrats in an interview Wednesday over the possibility that they will use the subpoena power of the House of Representatives after seizing power in the new year.
“I will hit them so hard”
The president said that if Democrats tried to “play tough” with him that he would use his executive power to declassify documents in order to damage them politically.
“If they go down the presidential harassment track, if they want go and harass the president and the administration, I think that would be the best thing that would happen to me,” he told the New York Post.
“I’m a counter-puncher and I will hit them so hard they’d never been hit like that,” he explained.
The president explained to the Post that the documents would expose a conspiracy between the Hillary Clinton campaign, the FBI, and the Department of Justice to frame him.
The possibility that Democrats will investigate the president is not purely theoretical. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) made it clear that she would use her new powers as chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services to head several probes into Trump’s business relations and practices.
“If they want to play tough, I will do it”
“I think that would help my campaign,” he explained. “If they want to play tough, I will do it. They will see how devastating those pages are.”
Trump says however, that he will wait until the right time to release the documents.
“It’s much more powerful if I do it then,” Trump said, “because if we had done it already, it would already be yesterday’s news.”
Later in the interview, the president appears to reconsider his threat, saying, “Maybe it’s better that the public not see what’s been going on with this country.”
“Following the Trump money trail”
Waters directly cited the president in a letter about her plans for the House Committee on Financial Services.
“I am committed to strong oversight and following the Trump money trail,” Waters wrote, “starting with Deutsche Bank and suspicious activity reports (SARs) filed with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN.”
“To date, I have joined with my subcommittee Ranking Members to write numerous letters to our regulators, Chairman Hensarling, and Deutsche Bank on this matter,” she concluded.
Here’s more about Waters’ plans for the financial committee: