President Trump and the GOP are in for a rude awakening. For two years a GOP-led Congress turned a blind eye to Trump’s actions. A Democratic-led House will provide civics lessons as follows: The Constitution empowers the House of Representatives with oversight of the executive branch including power to impeach federal officials for “treason, bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

A Democratic-led House will conduct transparent investigations into Trump’s electoral collusion with Russia and obstructing justice by firing Attorney General Comey. Investigatory committees can subpoena Trump's tax returns and interview Flynn, Manafort, Donny Jr., Jared Kushner and others. Concurrent but separate from House committees, Mueller's special investigation will continue publishing indictments and sentencing recommendations for "We The People" to read.

America's pre-2019 concern that a GOP-led Congress would not release Mueller's final report will abate. While the GOP-led House or Senate denied bringing it to a floor vote, House Democrats will pass legislation protecting Mueller's investigation from Trump's meddling. Post-2018 Senate and House Republicans have two simple choices beginning Jan. 3. Continue ignoring Trump's treasonous behavior or act as the check and balance on the executive branch the Constitution intended regardless of party affiliation.

President Trump, who has been dismissive and/or willfully ignorant of federal government's functions, will be schooled and tested. If GOP congressional representatives continue choosing party over country, the 2020 election will become a blue tsunami part II in the Senate and White House.

Jeff Akins