Ocasio-Cortez and Freedom Caucus ready for battle
Their democratic colleagues rejected concerns about the possibility of a circus-like atmosphere when the freshman legislators face Jordan, Meadows and other Trump loyalists in such a high profile.
"Some people want only Republicans to have the right to become passionate about politics. It's not just Republicans. It's also democrats," Rep said. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), A Liberal Member of the Supervisory Committee. "The Progressives are fighting crazy for what the Trump administration has done with America. So if they don't like it, they just have to learn to live with it."
The Republicans are also very aware of what the new additions mean to the committee That will soon begin to explore a wide range of Trump administration scandals and controversies.
"I don't know any of them will be foolish about expressing their opinions," said Meadows, the chairman of the Freedom Caucus with a smile.
The hard lines in each party do not necessarily dislike each other.
Meadows and Rep. Ro Khanna from California, a new democratic member of the committee, talked to each other in separate conversations with journalists on Wednesday as they passed each other.
"Talking about Ro Khanna – there he is," said Meadows. "I say fine things!" He quipped to Khanna.
The rare moment of life even in the midst of the verdict and gloom of a state rejection was not surprising for two lawmakers participating in playing with their wives and working closely with foreign policy initiatives. But they recognize that they will soon face the Monitoring Committee.
"I think there will be fireworks just because of the political nature of the first consultation we have," added Meadows, referring to ex- Trump lawyer Michael Coh's appearance originally planned for next month. A Cohen spokesman announced on Wednesday that he was postponing his testimony because of "ongoing threats to his family" from Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, although some democratic lawmakers are discussing whether to force Cohen to testify with a summons.
While Meadows earned a reputation as a conservative bomber on Capitol Hill, he pointed out that he has close relationships with lawmakers across the board. In addition to Khanna, Meadows has a good relationship with the Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).
Meadows said he hopes things will not be heated on a personal level in the committee. But Meadows, one of Trump's designated "warriors," also warned that he is not afraid to stop his faith.
"I'm not shy about calling it out," Meadows said.
There was a high interest in participating in the review panel, according to democratic sources. The judiciary, which has jurisdiction over everything from persecution to arms policy, is typically seen as a greater price for lawmakers. But with Democrats who promised to launch a lot of new surveys, a spot on the Supervisory Committee suddenly became even more sought after.
Democrats say they are not interested in simply scoring political points, but that the GOP-controlled House neglected to investigate myriad issues of discomfort during Trump, focusing instead on trying to find evidence of anti-trumpet disturbances within for the FBI and Justice Department.
"[The new members] will be able to model some behavior for our Republican counterparts who completely failed to oversee the last two years," Rep. David Cicilline from Rhode Island, member of democratic leadership.
Ocasio-Cortez won a seat at Oversight, although she was already named the Financial Services Committee, an exclusive panel. But after she told managers that she was interested in a place at Oversight, she received a waiver allowing her to serve both.
In an interview, Ocasio-Cortez said that she was talking to Cummings about "some of the most pressing and about issues in the administration, adding:" It's really what we focused on and less the political dynamics. "
Heather Caygle contributed to this report .