And in the Senate, the Democrats were facing the worst map in at least two decades, with a large proportion of their caucus up for re-election and those elections happening to take place in states Trump won. The California Democrat was the nation's first female speaker from 2007-2011.
The Kremlin says the results of Tuesday's midterm elections are not going to hurt ties between Russian Federation and the US because they are bad as it is. Aides had been quietly prepared for this outcome for weeks and will now kick into overdrive before the new Congress takes office in January.
Neal promised the committee would hold hearings on the $1.5 trillion tax cut pushed through by Republicans past year.
In the Senate, Republicans expanded their majority, which Trump declared a "tremendous success". The president welcomes that fight.
Japan's Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters Wednesday that Japan-U.S. alliance is "unwavering" despite mixed election results for President Donald Trump. "Two can play that game!"
It wasn't clear what leaks he was referring to.
Even as Trump mused about working with Democrats, he was quick to promise a "warlike posture" if the Democratic controlled House opens investigations into his administration.
Before "endorsing" Pelosi, Trump announced he will hold a victory-lap news conference at the White House at 11:30 AM ET, warning, "To any of the pundits or talking heads that do not give us proper credit for this great Midterm Election, just remember two words - FAKE NEWS!"
The central strategy: play defense by going on offense and turning the public against Democratic investigations by painting the probes as overreach created to cause gridlock. He called the White House accusations "a lie".
Though a separate case involving similar allegations filed by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia is further along, the D.C. case is the only one that has congressional Democrats as the plaintiffs.
Democrats have regained control of the House from President Donald Trump's Republican Party in the midterm elections, powered by a suburban revolt that has threatened what's left of the president's governing agenda.
Now with Democrats in control of the House, if Trump's companies or other interests ignore their subpoenas or try legal maneuvers to delay or spurn them, they could face a contempt citation to the House floor. Trump said in a tweet. Pelosi said Democrats will make their top campaign issue - healthcare - a priority. Those potentially include Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY atop the Judiciary Committee and Elijah Cummings of Maryland, incoming chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to VoteCast, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump. According to VoteCast, women voted considerably more in favor of their congressional Democratic candidate: About 6 in 10 voted for the Democrat, compared with 4 in 10 for the Republican.
And, it should be noted, the Democrats got the majority back by winning the total national raw vote for House candidates by several points.
Several ambitious Democrats easily won re-election, including presidential prospects Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY.
Trump showed he is mindful House Democrats likely will use their new powers to look into his presidency.
In suburban areas where key House races were decided, female voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin.
He took at a jab at "grandstanding" congressmen from his own party whom he said would have made it hard to get legislation through the House, had Republicans eked out a narrow win in the chamber. DeSantis however, got a Trump rally and, in fairness, Republicans have had a stranglehold on this race since 1998. They were seen as overreaching, and that helped boost Clinton's poll numbers. Any laws dealing with revenue must also originate in the House. Nadler, accusing Senate Republicans of having conducted a "whitewash" investigation, said he would probe the whole thing all over again.
The result is ongoing political instability-rather like what we've been experiencing only more so.