Republicans are bracing for a potential tidal wave of Democrat-led investigations into President Donald Trump and his administration should the GOP lose control of the House of Representatives in November, according to Axios.
Axios's Jonathan Swan reports that a Republican-authored spreadsheet has been circulating through the Hill, listing all the investigations House Democrats have requested, but which have gone nowhere due to Republican control of the House.
According to the report, the spreadsheet was created to prepare the GOP for the "investigatory onslaught" that could await the party after midterms.
"Publicly, House Republicans are putting on a brave face about the midterms. But privately, they are scrambling to prepare for the worst. This document, which catalogs requests Democrats have already made, is part of that effort. It has churned Republican stomachs."
He also presents it as a serious threat to Trump:
"Lawyers close to the White House tell me the Trump administration is nowhere near prepared for the investigatory onslaught that awaits them, and they consider it among the greatest threats to his presidency."
What's on the list?
The spreadsheet includes many of the political controversies that have made headlines since Trump took office, including the president's tax returns, his dealings with Russia, his immigration policy, the Stormy Daniels payment, and the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
According to Axios, the spreadsheet originated in the office of a senior House Republican, and includes more than 100 official investigatory requests from Democrats, including calls for congressional hearings and sworn testimony.
Ocasio-Cortez jumps on board
Shortly after Axios published the report on the investigations spreadsheet, House hopeful Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted the article with a list of items from it she wanted to see investigated, including her own addition: "Corruption, corruption, corruption."
The Democrats need to flip 23 seats in order to gain control of the House of Representatives. Some groups are already using the potential investigations as a campaign point to build support for the "blue wave" they have been hoping for.