House Republicans are in the process of establishing a new Judiciary subcommittee that will investigate how the Executive Branch has gathered information on American citizens and how the Federal Government has been weaponized. It has been reported that the committee will be led by Republican Representative Jim Jordan (OH).
If formed, this subcommittee will be officially named the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government and it will have up to 13 members.
According to Fox News, “The subcommittee would look into not just how the Executive Branch gathered information on citizens, but how they worked with other bodies including private sector companies ‘to facilitate action against American citizens.’ ”
It is assumed that the subcommittee will be going after the agencies that have been targeting Donald Trump, such as the FBI which raided Mar-a-Lago and took classified documents from Trump’s private Florida residence.
Axios reported that this subcommittee was partially inspired by Elon Musk’s “Twitter Files,” which exposed the White House’s collaboration with social media companies to suppress rhetoric that opposes their agenda and ban those who question the Democratic narrative.
It has also been reported that potential focuses of this subcommittee could include the FBI’s politicization, Dr. Fauci’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the DOJ’s involvement in cases of parents who opposed school board members, treating them as ‘domestic terrorists’ who are responsible for ‘hate crimes.’
The lawmakers on the 13-member panel would be granted access to the information that is provided to the House Intelligence Committee, which includes some of the most secretive information given to members of Congress.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) shared his optimism for this new subcommittee in an interview with Fox News, saying, “We got more resources, more specificity, more power to go after his recalcitrant Biden administration.”
Democratic lawmakers, however, have not taken so kindly to the formation of a new GOP-led subcommittee.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) bashed the committee, calling it a “reckless partisan exercise fueled by conspiracy theories.”
“Jim Jordan and Kevin McCarthy claim to be investigating the weaponization of the federal government when, in fact, this new select committee is the weapon itself,” Nadler told ABC News. “It is specifically designed to inject extremist politics into our justice system and shield the MAGA movement from the legal consequences of their actions.”
The subcommittee would work to execute “a full and complete investigation and study” of the aforementioned topics and would submit a final report by January 2, 2025.
Over the weekend, Jordan tweeted a message to his followers, appearing to be ready to take on the challenge of leading this initiative. He said, “Time to get to work.”
Time to get to work.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) January 7, 2023