McCarthy Appoints Republicans to Head an Expansive Investigative Panel!

McCarthy names GOP members to run sweeping investigative panel

Representative Jim Jordan, who represents a middle ground between conservative hardliners and leadership loyalists, has been appointed by Speaker Kevin McCarthy to head the Republicans’ expansive inquiry group.

Investigating Tuesday night, the California Republican named a dozen Republican congressmen, including Jordan, to a select subcommittee on the “weaponization” of the federal government. The Republican Party will likely use it to investigate the FBI, the Justice Department, and the intelligence community, all of which have been at the core of their most recent complaints.

McCarthy negotiated the panel with his right flank over the course of weeks in order to secure the 15 votes he needed to become speaker. Republicans in the House compromised with conservatives by establishing a subcommittee under the House Judiciary Committee, which Jordan also chairs.

The Justice Department is likely to fight back on the bill since conference leaders negotiated to include language giving the panel jurisdiction to assess “ongoing criminal investigations” and access information shared with the Intelligence Committee.

Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.), one of the newly appointed members of the panel, told POLITICO on Tuesday, “As long as we keep it tight and know what we’re doing before we go in, which is where Jim Jordan comes into play — nobody’s better at this, we’ll be okay.”

McCarthy has to strike a balance between groups within his conference, and the newly appointed panel members reflect those that are in conflict with one another. McCarthy might try to keep it under control by designating Jordan as the panel’s chair and by appointing other allies to the committee.

McCarthy names GOP members to run sweeping investigative panel

However, he must also keep critics like Representatives Chip Roy (R-Texas) and Dan Bishop (R-North Carolina) happy in order to prevent a rebellion from even starting. It’s clear from the diversity of the House GOP that concerns about possible political bias at the FBI and Justice Department are not on the fringe.

Since the Republicans on the panel will have the authority to investigate everything from the investigations surrounding January 6 to the search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence last year, it is likely to be at the forefront of conflicts with the Biden administration, especially the Justice Department.

The Republican Party has given indications that it may investigate additional entities and topics, such as the Department of Education and the technology industry at large.

Members of the panel included some of McCarthy’s closest allies. Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Mike Johnson (R-LA), two members of the GOP leadership team, will also serve on the subcommittee, as well as Armstrong, a McCarthy supporter who helped nominate him for speaker during a closed-door meeting last year. Jordan was widely expected to serve as the group’s chair. The Intelligence Committee also includes Representative Chris Stewart (R-Utah), with whom Stefanik serves.

Roy and Bishop, two of McCarthy’s former opponents who are now on his side, are the only ones to be elected. Bishop was an early proponent of a select committee within the conference, and Roy was instrumental in the transaction that handed McCarthy the gavel.

Besides Hageman and Issa, other Republicans on the committee will be Reps. Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Greg Steube of Florida, Kat Cammack of Florida, and Harriet Hageman of Texas (R-Wyo.). One of the two Republicans on the Democratic-led Jan. 6 committee, former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), lost to Hageman.

The panel won’t be complete until the Democrats propose their own members. Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), as the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, is guaranteed a place on the panel as a result of the resolution that authorized it.

Along with Jordan and Nadler, McCarthy was tasked with naming a total of 13 people in the resolution, with no more than five of those people being chosen without input from House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries.

Other than Jordan, McCarthy’s list on Tuesday night includes 11 Republican members, filling most of the panel’s 13 vacant places due to high demand within his caucus.

However, two McCarthy aides with knowledge of the proposal have stated that McCarthy plans to approve a second resolution increasing the size of the panel to accommodate the larger number of Republican appointments. The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that the proportional raise will also be given to the Democrats.

The panel, which was authorized by the House earlier this month along party lines, is already under fire from Democrats, the Biden administration, and their allies who see it as a way for Republicans to get political revenge.

“Jim Jordan and Kevin McCarthy say they want to look into how the federal government has been weaponized, but this new select subcommittee will be the very tool they use to do so. “It is explicitly meant to introduce radical politics into our justice system and insulate the MAGA movement from the legal repercussions of their acts,” Nadler said in a recent statement about the panel.

To conduct oversight over the FBI and the Justice Department, two of the party’s top targets in recent years, Republicans have defended the choice to set up the panel. They also cite an inspector general’s report that says the FBI abused its surveillance authorities to snoop on a former adviser to the Trump campaign.

McCarthy claimed that the Democrats had “targeted political opponents” during their two years in power in Washington.

Additionally, he stated, “The government has an obligation to serve the American people, not go after them.”

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