TRUMPED: One-party rule ends in USA as Democrats recapture House

Democrats seized the House majority from President Donald Trump's Republican Party on Tuesday in a suburban revolt that threatened what's left of the president's governing agenda.

His take-no-prisoners approach troubled many Republicans seeking to appeal to moderate voters in suburban House districts, but Trump prioritised base voters in the deep-red states that could determine the fate of the Senate. Such citations could be taken to federal court for possible legal action.

The guest list included major donors Sheldon Adelson, Harold Hamm and Stephen Schwartzman, Cabinet members like Steven Mnuchin of Treasury and Kirstjen Nielsen of Homeland Security, evangelical leader Jerry Falwell, top aides like Conway, his wife, Melania and children Ivanka, Eric and Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka's husband, Jared Kushner, and Vice President Mike Pence. Then he asked the reporter to change the subject.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump's agenda remained the same, and that he would be willing to work with Democrats on immigration, the opioid crisis and funding infrastructure projects. He acknowledged, though, that the Treasury Department might not quickly provide the information, setting up a legal battle.

"We have a duty to look into government and to try to figure out what might be wrong and try to correct it and make things better", said Rep. Elijah Cummings, who will now chair the key oversight committee.

But the president warned he would not hesitate to retaliate if House Democrats use their committee powers in the next Congress to investigate members of his administration or his personal finances. Trump and his daughter Ivanka, a senior White House adviser, both retained their stakes in the property.

Treasury Department officials have been noncommittal about what would happen if Mr Neal submits the request, and an agency spokesperson on Wednesday said, "Secretary Mnuchin will review any request with Treasury's General Counsel for legality".

Trump boasted a growing economy but campaigned aggressively in the closing days on a hardline anti-immigration message. Mr Neal said, adding, "tax staff over at Joint Tax (Committee), they're pretty capable people".

"I think it's pretty obvious these are going to be complex documents", Mr Neal said.

Representative Nancy Pelosi, who is likely to return as speaker of the House despite opposition from some centrist Democrats, promised that the party will serve as a counterweight - but also work with Trump.

The investigations, he said, would destroy any prospect of bipartisan cooperation next year.

After two years of being blocked by the White House and the Trump Organisation at every turn, Democrats hope the new year brings a new day on such issues as foreign government spending at Trump properties, Trump's foreign licensing deals, Trump administration ties to lobbyists and special interests, and spending by Trump's charitable foundation.

In first calling on Mr Trump to disclose the records voluntarily, Mr Neal could be setting up a scenario where Mr Trump can disclose a limited amount of records and avoid having Congress comb through all of his past tax returns.

This week was the American electorate's first opportunity to render a national verdict on Trump's presidency, and the national vote did not follow the aforementioned script. Turnout and enthusiasm were high, but the results were mixed: although the Democrats have won enough seats to regain the House of Representatives, Republicans have strengthened their hold on the Senate.

The news for the next year or longer seems likely to be dominated by a steady stream of coverage of the people closest to Trump as they testify before Congress under duress, or under a grant of immunity, or coverage of their refusal to speak at all for fear of incriminating themselves.

"Divisiveness is really tearing the country apart", Koutsogiogasi, a Democrat, said as he voted with his wife.

"She didn't go on to have any embrace", Trump said of Comstock. Ms Mays is now a managing director of tax policy services at PwC. White women were evenly split that year, too.

With winners called in all but one statewide race, Republicans were on pace to gain three seats in the Senate and defended their lead in governorships by a two-seat margin.