Trump warns House Democrats against investigating his administration

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Additional Senate races have yet to be called.

"If that happens, we will do the same thing and government comes to a halt and I'll blame them", Trump told reporters. The Republican Party extended its 51-49 majority to 54-46 in the Senate, which elects two lawmakers per state (big or small) ensuring geographic and cartographic representation. In addition to confirming two conservative Supreme Court justices, the Senate has confirmed an unprecedented number of conservative judges to the lower courts during Trump's term, potentially reshaping America's judicial system for decades.

Trump boasted a growing economy but campaigned aggressively in the closing days on a hardline anti-immigration message.

The White House news conference was punctuated by Trump's escalating attacks on the media.

The President had dinner with his family and watched the results, which could have a profound impact on the rest of his term and could reshape Washington's balance of power, in the residence of the White House. The Republicans' three-seat expansion is a contrast to the 18 total seats lost by the Democrats in midterm elections in the Senate since 2010.

Now with Democrats in control of the House, if Trump's companies or other interests ignore their subpoenas or try legal maneuvers to delay or spurn them, they could face a contempt citation to the House floor. He was quick to distance himself from losing GOP House members who had been critical of his heated rhetoric, citing Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo and Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman, among others.

The vote was seen as a referendum on the president, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020. Lindsey Graham, who led an effort to impeach President Bill Clinton, warned his Democratic colleagues of the perils of that approach.

Mr Trump has threatened to retaliate for any Democratic investigations with his own probes in the Senate into alleged "leaks of classified information".

"The Democrats in the House will have to decide just how much presidential harassment they think is good strategy.

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Two can play that game!" the president wrote on Twitter on November 7.

In theory, the new Democratic majority would have the capacity to initiate impeachment proceedings against Trump should there be sufficient grounds in Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation. After almost 18 months, Mueller has not brought any indictments related to collusion with Russian Federation, the central theme of his investigation.

But without overwhelming numbers, Democrats will not have the strength to push numerous initiatives their left flank ran on: a single-payer health care system, boldly expanded college access and an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency that is at least reined in. Holding the Senate gives Trump the opportunity to continue the historic pace of judicial nominations that have dominated the chamber's calendar in recent months.

Democrats also captured governorships in Michigan, Illinois and Kansas.

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For example, Cummings and other Democratic lawmakers a year ago filed a federal lawsuit demanding disclosures of records to determine how Trump was approved by the General Services Administration to maintain the lease of the Trump International Hotel in Washington after he became president.

He was joined by Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson, Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman and the President's ex-campaign aides, David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski, a source familiar with the guest list said.

"Now is the time for members of both parties to join together, put partisanship aside, and keep the American economic miracle going strong", Trump said.

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