House Judiciary Committee Republicans Focus on First White House Target

With the House Judiciary Committee’s gavel-and-subpoena powers on the horizon, Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan is preparing to launch the first investigation into the Biden administration Friday. parent directive. What the White House describes as a political motivation is the type of demand from House Republicans, as Republicans prepare to take control of the House.

and letter As CBS News obtained, Jordan and Republicans on the panel were the first to demand testimony and documents from the Biden White House since Republicans took control of Congress. I wrote to the Chief of Staff asking him to testify to White House officials at the beginning of the next Congress.Parents at a Board of Education meeting. ”

House Judiciary Republicans want to know more about the actions taken by the Biden administration Notes for October 2021 Attorney General Merrick Garland Meets with Federal, State, Local, Tribal and Territory, Noting “Disturbing Spike in Harassment, Intimidation and Threats of Violence Against School Administrators, Board Members, Teachers and Staff” instructed the FBI and US attorneys to Leaders addressing strategies to deal with these threats.

The memo follows a September 2021 letter from the National Association of School Boards to investigate threats of violence against school board members that “could amount to a type of domestic terrorism or hate crime.” I asked the administration.

Jordan and Republicans on the commission believe that employees within the president’s office were involved in a debate over the National Association of School Boards letter, demanding documents and information about the White House’s “collusion with the NSBA” earlier this year. I’m here.

Republicans on the committee argue that the administration uses law enforcement to “chill” parents’ First Amendment rights, as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy argues. , the letter does not refer to parents protesting school board meetings as “domestic terrorists.” As a fact-check for the Associated Press OK.

“The American people … deserve more accountability and transparency about the Biden administration’s pro-opposition directives,” Jordan wrote in a letter to Crane on Oct. We asked that all records relating to the matter be preserved.

Jordan’s letter Friday called for testimony from Mary C. Wall, a senior adviser to the COVID-19 response team. Julie C. Rodriguez, Director, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Catherine Pantanco, Policy Advisor, Office for Intergovernmental Affairs. Nesley Silva, Senior Policy Analyst at the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Requests for testimony are voluntary — for now. But if officials don’t agree to provide testimony and records in January, when Republicans take control of the House, “commissions could be forced to resort to compulsory processes to obtain the materials they need.” Jordan’s efforts to obtain records related to the National Association of School Boards letter and the Justice Department memo have so far been unsuccessful.

The White House suggested Republicans in Congress had not put their priorities in the right place.

“Instead of working with President Biden to address issues that matter to the American people, such as low costs, the top priority for Republicans in Congress is a politically motivated attack filled with long-debunked conspiracy theories. It’s about going after President Biden in the US,” said Ian Sams. Spokesperson for the White House Attorney’s Office. “President Biden will not let these political attacks distract him from the priorities of the American people. We hope you will join us.”

Jordan’s letter to the White House on Friday is just the beginning of a series of investigations the House is expected to conduct after the 118th Congress wins seats and Republicans take the lead. Republicans on Jordan’s committee and the House Oversight and Reform Committee also plan to investigate Hunter Biden and the president himself. Jordan has written to the White House asking for testimony and information on a number of topics, even though Republicans have no subpoena powers since Biden took office.

it remains to be seen exactly Number of seats held by Republicans In the 118th Congress, CBS News predicts Republicans will have 218-223 seats. It takes 218 to overwhelm the House of Commons.

Not every Republican thinks the multiple investigations into the Biden administration are focused and that’s the way Hunter Biden should go. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week, Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney urged the party to avoid those kinds of hearings, instead focusing on inflation, debt, spending, entitlements and immigration. Seemed to focus on. Reform.

“There are two ways to go before we get a potential Republican majority,” Romney said last week. A common and historically frequent route is to pursue pointless investigations, message bills, intimidation, and government shutdowns.”


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