The idea of House Republicans to investigate the weaponization of government law enforcement and national security services has been given fresh life by the compromise between moderate Speaker McCarthy and conservative House members.
According to Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy promised to form a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee and provide it with at least as many resources as the committee investigating the Capitol invasion of January 6, 2021, under former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Roy stated on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Friday night, just hours before McCarthy was elected speaker, that the panel would be akin to the well-known Church Committee, which Democratic Sen. Frank Church established in 1975 to examine abuses by U.S. intelligence services.
According to him, the new subcommittee would investigate “the weaponization of government, the FBI, the intel agencies, DHS, all of them.”
“We got more resources, more specificity, more power to go after this recalcitrant Biden administration,” said Roy, who was one of the most high-profile opponents to McCarthy becoming speaker.
He also noted the need to reign down the expenditure that nourishes the Washington bureaucracy, singling out funding for a new FBI headquarters contained in the $1.7 billion omnibus package passed by Congress in late December.
“We can do all the hearings we want in the world, but if we can’t limit the spending that funds the bureaucrats, and stop buying the FBI a $400 million new headquarters that [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell just funded, then we can’t win the fight. You cannot win the fight for freedom if you don’t stop the bureaucrats. That’s what this entire fight this week was about,” Roy told Hannity.
Roy pointed out that you can’t stop the corruption with just hearings. “You stop it by not giving them the money to continue to do it. You gotta hold them accountable, limit their funds, and hold them accountable through the power of the purse.”
Ohio Republican Representative Jim Jordan, the new head of the House Judiciary Committee, will lead the subcommittee.
The New York Times reported, “The text of the resolution establishing the subcommittee would give the panel essentially open-ended jurisdiction to scrutinize any issue related to civil liberties or to examine how any agency of the federal government has collected, analyzed and used information about Americans — including ‘ongoing criminal investigations.’”
Utilizing the subpoena’s authority may be more challenging than anticipated by committee members. The Times projected that this committee and several agency officials will battle over document demands. Congress is charged with overseeing agencies, but agencies have a long history of opposition.
As Western Journal analyzes:
The article links to a rambling seven-page letter dated Jan. 27, 2000, from Robert Raben, assistant attorney general under then-President Bill Clinton, to the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Rules and Organization explaining why the DOJ has “traditionally resisted making information about open criminal investigations available to Congress.”
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(Leave it to the Times to bring up a more than two-decade-old letter from the Justice Department of a notoriously scandal-ridden Democratic administration to a Republican congressman to make the case for a current Democratic administration preparing to resist a Republican-controlled House.) CONTINUE READING…