THE Democrats have seized the US House of Representatives in the crunch midterm elections in a hammer blow to Donald Trump.
Seizing the lower chamber of Congress for the first time in eight years, the Democrats are now expected to hit the US president with dozens of investigations into his business dealings, as well blocking his plans for the country – including building the infamous border wall with Mexico.
But despite promises of a complete bloodbath for Trump and his Republican party, the so-called ‘blue wave’ of Democratic success emerged as little more than a trickle as the party slowly crept towards the crucial 218 seats needed to take the House rather than storming it.
And in news that will no doubt cheer the US president, the Republicans actually managed to keep control of the Senate, gaining three seats from the Democrats as of 6am (GMT), with six states still to declare.
With many billing the midterms as a referendum on Trump’s first two years as president, a defiant Donald took to Twitter to declare the election a “tremendous success”, even as Republicans faced up to losing dozens of seats to the Democrats.
The White House struck a similar tone, with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders telling reporters that “the president’s agenda isn’t going to change regardless of whose party [controls the House].”
Within hours of it becoming clear the Democrats would seize control of the House of Representatives, talk turned to what the fallout would be for Trump himself.
Sharpening their knives for the president, Democratic representatives Elijah Cummings and Jerrold Nadler declared they “probably will” demand to see the president’s tax returns now that the House in their hands.
“He’s going to learn that he’s not above the law,” Nadler reportedly told CNN.
The Democrat also refused to rule out eventually impeaching Trump but declared it “way too early” to have a plan on how to do it.
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