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  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez addresses the Women's March NYC demonstration at Foley Square in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., January 19, 2019.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez addresses the Women's March NYC demonstration at Foley Square in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., January 19, 2019. | Photo: Reuters file

Published 23 January 2019

The new Democrat majority has vowed to strengthen their ability to investigate Trump.

Democrat Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez has been named to the United States' House Committee on Oversight and Reform which has authority to investigate the executive branch.

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The Commission’s Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland recently told media he plans to use subpoena power to request documents and testimony from President Donald Trump’s Administration.

Until recently, the Commission had been limited in scope under the previous Republican majority congress. “Basically what the president has done and the Republicans have done, they’ve joined hands. And the Republicans have been, basically, not only blocking but [have] been, basically, not only blocking but [have] become the defense counsel for the president,” Cummings said.

The new Democrat majority vows to investigate Trump. Recently, a “little-noticed change” consisting of allowing testimony to be taken from subpoenaed witnesses without the presence of an attorney is considered as a step forward, according to Reuters.

Ocasio-Cortez is set to inaugurate her post by questioning Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former attorney, on Feb. 7. before he serves a three-year federal prison sentence.

The lawmaker, who is the youngest U.S. Congress member, was elected and also won the primaries for her activism and her work with grassroots bases, and also for not playing by the "normal" corporate rules.

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