Here are 5 major investigations House Republicans plan to launch

Here are 5 major investigations House Republicans plan to launch
Here are 5 major investigations House Republicans plan to launch

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Earlier this week, CNN predicted Republicans would win a majority in the House. Soon after, they made it clear what their priority would be: to investigate President Biden and his administration on a variety of fronts.

“In just 47 days, House Republicans will have the gavel and we’ll be ready to hold the Biden administration to account on day one,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Thursday. “Our investigations are just beginning.

So what exactly are they planning to investigate? Well, a bunch of things. Here is a list of domains:

1) The southern border. On Friday, Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a

to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, telling him and other department officials to be prepared to provide testimony once the 118th Congress convenes in January. At a hearing earlier this week, Republicans on the Homeland Security Committee asked Mayorkas about the number of migrants entering the United States through the southern border. US border officials encountered more than 2 million migrants in fiscal year 2022, an increase from 1.7 million encounters in 2021. In announcing his 2024 presidential bid earlier this week, Donald Trump focused heavily on immigration. “Our southern border has been obliterated and our country is overrun by millions and millions of strangers, many of whom are coming in for a very bad and sinister reason, and you know what that reason is,” Trump said. (He did not explain what he believed to be the rationale.)

2) Withdrawal from Afghanistan. President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan last year around the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks turned into a disaster. The pullout led to a frantic attempt by many Afghans to flee the county, with devastating scenes of people clinging to the wings of planes as they tried to escape before the Taliban government officially took over. A bombing outside Kabul airport in August 2021 killed 13 US service members and around 170 Afghans. CNN previously reported that Biden made the decision to withdraw his troops despite the objection of several of his top military advisers.

3) The origin of the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2019, Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee launched their own investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus. At that time, they sent a letter to Frances Collins, who was head of the National Institutes of Health, asking for “an independent and expert investigation into the origin of COVID-19″, which they said was ” of paramount importance for public health”. and biosecurity. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce panel, said “how the pandemic started is probably the most important public health question that needs to be answered.” Two studies published in July both concluded that a seafood market in Wuhan was most likely the epicenter of the virus.

4) The Ministry of Justice. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, who is expected to chair the House Judiciary Committee when Republicans officially take a majority in January 2023, sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on November 2, requesting a slew of documents about everything of the Ministry of Justice. the alleged “targeting” of Project Veritas on the search for classified documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. In a November 4 report, Jordan insisted that “the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland, is broken.”

5) Hunter Biden. Kentucky Rep. James Comer, who is expected to chair the House Oversight Committee in January, said this week that “during the 118th Congress, this committee will assess the state of Joe Biden’s relationship with his family’s foreign partners.” and if he is president. that is compromised or influenced by foreign dollars and influence. At the center of this future investigation is the president’s son. As CNN noted earlier this week, “At the heart of Comer’s investigation is a series of suspicious activity reports that Republicans claim banks have filed regarding Hunter Biden’s financial activities. Hunter Biden has denied any wrongdoing.

This is far from a complete list of investigations that various Republican-led committees will undertake over the next two years. But it gives you an idea of ​​the extent to which they plan to investigate the Biden administration, and how that will complicate efforts to do anything on a bipartisan basis.

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