Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has won a spot on the prestigious House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which has the power to investigate President Donald Trump.
And she’ll start off by questioning Michael Cohen at his highly anticipated testimony before Congress scheduled for February 7.
She will also play a major role in questioning any Trump administration officials that are investigated by the powerful panel.
The 29-year-old Democratic-Socialist joined the prestigious committee on Tuesday and is joined by fellow liberal Congress freshmen Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Ro Khanna of California.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, (center) has joined the House Oversight Committee, which has the power to launch investigations into President Donald Trump and his administration
Her spot on the prestigious committee was confirmed on Tuesday evening. She retweeted this post announcing her new committee membership
Speaker Pelosi announced the new appointments to House committees on Tuesday saying: We are thrilled that these outstanding Members will join these critical committees, where their fresh vision and powerful voices will be critical as Democrats deliver our ambitious agenda For The People’.
Ocasio-Cortez confirmed it by retweeting posts about her membership Tuesday evening.
‘Confirmed: @AOC wins a spot on the high-profile House Oversight committee, giving her a potentially huge platform to interrogate Trump administration officials in next two years,’ White House New York Times correspondent Shane Goldman wrote in a post she retweeted.
The House Oversight committee is currently led by Democrat Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland and Ranking Member Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio.
Cummings said he’s excited about the new class joining the committee.
‘If I based the choices going on the committee based on what people said or their reputations or whatever, I probably wouldn’t have a committee,’ he said to Politico.
‘I am excited — there were a lot of people that wanted to come on our committee,’ he said to Politico.
She will join the committee along with Rep Rashida Tlaib of Michigan who has vowed to ‘impeach the motherf***er’ in reference to Trump. Once on the committee, she’ll have the power to launch an investigation into his administration
Liberal Congress freshmen Democrat Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts (left) and Democrat Ro Khanna of California (right) will also reportedly join the committee
The Oversight Committee, established in 1816, is the main investigative committee in the House and will have the power to investigate Donald Trump and his administration, something Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow freshman peers have sworn to do.
The four freshmen joining the committee are fierce critics of the president and have pledged to launch investigations into Trump and his administration.
Tlaib even promised to ‘impeach the motherf***er’ in an impassioned speech before Congress.
Chairman Cummings said to 60 Minutes earlier this month he plans to exercise his subpoena power by demanding documents and testimony from the Trump administration on a wide range of issues, according to CBS.
The House Oversight Committee is currently led by Democrat Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland who has previously said he’ll subpoena documents and testimony from the Trump administration on a wide range of issues
‘The American people and the Congress [are] insisting that [President Trump] allows us to do our job. Basically what the president has done and the Republicans have done, they’ve joined hands. And the Republicans have been, basically, not only blocking, but [have] become the defense counsel for the president,’ he said.
The Oversight Committee’s first major hearing is scheduled on February 7, when Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen is scheduled to testify before the public.
Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, is also set to join the House Financial Services Committee, which oversees banks and the financial sector under Representative Maxine Waters.
‘Financial Services is one of just four exclusive committees in the House. It oversees big banks, lending, & the financial sector. I am very grateful for the opportunity to sit on this committee as a freshman, and look forward to working under the leadership of @RepMaxine Waters,’ she tweeted on January 15.
She said once on the committee she’d like to address today’s student loan crisis. She’s also been a outspoken critic of big banks, demanding they be broken up.
‘Personally, I’m looking forward to digging into the student loan crisis, examining for-profit prisons/ICE detention, and exploring the development of public & postal banking. To start,’ she tweeted with a smiley face.