Democratic lawmaker Raja Krishnamoorthi became the first South Asian to join the powerful intelligence committee of the US House of Representatives, which has oversight over the 17 intelligence agencies and will play an aggressive role in investigating president Donald Trump going forward.
Krishnamoorthi, a two-term member of the House from Illinois, is among four freshmen on the panel headed by chairman Adam Schiff. Schiff is an outspoken critic of the president, who has returned the hostility typically belittling the Democrat with a pejorative nickname, “Little Adam Schiff”.
The House committee on intelligence was front and centre in the previous Congress under Republican chairman Devin Nunes, as the president’s chief defender, turned into, according to most critics, a pliable tool for the use of the White House to weather the intense congressional scrutiny that was expected to follow.
Krishnamoorthi, who was born in Delhi and immigrated to the US when he was three, is one of the four Indian American members of the House of Representatives.