In the same chamber that has vast oversight power over him, President Donald Trump decried “ridiculous partisan investigations,” during his second State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
Speaking to a joint session of a divided Congress, Trump called for an end to any investigations into his administration.
“An economic miracle is taking place in the United States,” Trump said. “And the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations.”
Democrats retook a majority in the House of Representatives during last year’s midterms and could present a significant risk to Trump’s presidency as they take control of committees with sweeping investigative power. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has vowed to use the full power of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to fully investigate Trump’s past financial ties.
Trump’s remarks come just a day after his inaugural committee was subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for financial documents.
Since taking office, the Trump administration has been under scrutiny for the president’s past financial dealings, including his charity foundation, which was dissolved after prosecutors found the organizations had been self-dealing for years.
The specter of the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential also hangs over the White House. Last year, Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, his personal lawyer Michael Cohen and former advisor Michael Flynn have all pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the special counsel’s investigation.