What to Know in Washington: House GOP Prepares Payback for Biden
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The new Republican majority in the US House is readying a fusillade of investigations into President Joe Biden, his family and his administration, upholding a key promise of the midterm election campaigns following Democratic-led inquiries of former President Donald Trump.
The GOP probes will be spread among several existing House committees as well as newly created panels, including one focused on the Justice Department and intelligence agencies that conservatives accuse of targeting them. In the runup to the 2024 presidential race, Biden and his allies will be forced to counter attacks broadcast during numerous televised hearings.
Those targets for Republicans include:
- Hunter Biden: The House Oversight Committee, led by James Comer (R-Ky.), is examining the Biden family’s domestic and international business dealings to determine if they pose a threat to national security. Biden’s son Hunter Biden is at the center of the investigation.
- Justice Department: House Republicans voted Tuesday to establish a subcommittee to scrutinize what they call the “weaponization” of the federal government. The panel, led by Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), will examine Justice Department investigations, potentially including the current one into Trump.
- Afghanistan Withdrawal: The House Oversight Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee, led by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), is expected to continue probes into the August 2021 withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
- US-Mexico Border: Republicans have blamed the Biden administration’s border policies for the increasing number of migrants at the US-Mexico border and have singled out Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
- Internal Revenue Service: House Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith (R-Mo.) has repeatedly pledged to investigate the Internal Revenue Service.
- Coronavirus Origins: Republicans are directing a special committee on the Covid-19 pandemic on longstanding complaints about the nation’s response.
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