House Republicans, who are increasingly convinced they will regain a majority next year, say they will launch strict scrutiny inquiries into the Biden administration and hold accountable Democratic lawmakers who abused it. majority rule against GOP members.
Republicans told the Washington Times they would launch a series of committee inquiries, including digging into the Justice Department’s coordination with the White House to investigate parents protesting their school boards, handling the pandemic COVID-19 and issues related to Hunter Biden.
Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, a leading member of the House Judiciary Committee, has put together a list of issues he would like to address if Republicans get the hammer after next year’s election.
“Thousands of American tax returns have been made public. We better understand how it happened, ”he said, referring to the disclosure of a treasure trove of tax records from America’s richest people that was somehow obtained by the newspaper. investigative nonprofit ProPublica.
He also had his sights set on President Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci.
“Dr. Fauci has misled the country for over a year and a half. We have to understand how it happened and what, what happened with the virus,” he said.
Republicans on the Oversight Committee are also keen to investigate issues with first son Hunter Biden’s artwork that sold for six figures to unknown buyers.
Representative Darrell Issa, who led the oversight committee when the GOP last had a majority, said a new Republican majority should probe the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and the policies and behaviors that have oppressed Americans on the home front.
“It always comes down to whatever stifles America’s freedom that should be looked at first. Whenever Americans die or are injured as a result of policies or activities, we must investigate. And these should be a priority, ”said Mr. Issa, Republican of California.
Mr Issa said the investigations he launched under the Obama era into the deadly attack on Benghazi, the Fast and Furious gun scandal and the Internal Revenue Service targeting the Tories all focused on death or oppression of American citizens.
“After the terrible situation in Afghanistan, the destruction, over the past summers, Democrats are focusing on January 6 to the exclusion of further loss of life and damage,” he said. “Obviously, they’re not looking at the oppression of Americans, both in the guise of COVID and in other ways. “
Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, another Republican on the Oversight and Judicial Committees, wants to turn the tide on Democratic lawmakers who have applied scrutiny to GOP members, including probing Democrats’ support for racial justice rioters who set fire to and looted cities across the country in the summer of 2020.
Mr Biggs is currently being targeted by House Democrats who claim he is linked to the January 6 rioters.
“I think there are a lot of places that we will have to look at. I think a lot about the political turmoil that took place last summer and the encouragement and support given by members of Congress to this turmoil, ”he said. “I’m not ready to name anyone at the moment. I imagine there will be a series of inquiries that will take place. “
Republicans’ anger runs deep at the treatment they say they have suffered under President Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team since Democrats won a majority in 2018. The Times asked Ms Pelosi if she was concerned about a majority. Republican does not launch investigations into the Biden administration. The speaker declined to comment.
The most prominent example cited by GOP lawmakers came in February when Democrats removed a Republican member, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, from all of its committees due to her offensive social media posts directed against the Democrats. The posts were created before she joined Congress.
It was the first time in congressional history that the majority party removed commissions from a minority party lawmaker.
Democratic leaders are now considering removing the committee duties from another Republican lawmaker, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, because of an anime video he posted that featured a giant with the face of the Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, killed in sword fight.
For now, a censorship resolution is in preparation.
“It is interesting that Speaker Pelosi set many precedents that I never thought I could set in this House. They kicked Marjorie off her committees. It was a terrible decision, and unfortunately that precedent has now been set, ”said Rep. Rodney Davis, Republican of Illinois.
“And then they kicked Jim Jordan and Jim Banks out of the [Jan. 6] Select Committee, when they knew that there was a very well balanced group within this select committee of Republicans, but they did not want this balanced voice, ”he continued. “We see this playing out with the fictional circus that the January 6 select committee has become.”
Asked if he thinks a Republican would suggest removing a Democrat from his committee if he gets a majority, Mr Davis said Democrats set the stage for these kinds of actions.
“I would bet there will be proposals once the majority does that. Now if that happens, who knows? But, it is unfortunate. It is unfortunate that President Pelosi and the majority Democrats have decided to set precedents which will reverberate in the fabric of this House for decades to come.
Rather than worrying about repaying a GOP majority, House Democrats are focusing on passing the multibillion-dollar social protection and climate bill, which forms the bulk of the agenda. by Mr. Biden. Democrats hope the passage of the massive package will energize the grassroots and help them retain a majority in the House in the 2022 election.
Representative Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Democratic and Progressive Washington Caucus, said a Republican majority targeting Democrats with inquiries would be nothing new. She said it happened when Republicans were in the majority under the Obama and Trump administrations.
“We’ve been through four years of this. We know exactly what it looks like, ”she said in an interview. “And it was very, very painful and destructive to our democracy. And that’s why we have to hang on to our majorities.