House GOP’s plan to lure Biden through investigations is ‘fantastic show on steroids’

Even before federal agents marched into Mar-a-Lago grounds Monday, congressional Republicans were eagerly preparing their plans to investigate President Joe Biden and his administration ahead of the expected seizure of Capitol Hill after the November elections.

But the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s estate in South Florida — reportedly to enforce search warrants related to preserving official documents — immediately shifted the investigation from a top priority to the potential major event for a Republican-controlled Congress next year.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) — the supposed speaker in the House in the event of a Republican takeover of the chamber — did not wait for more details about the raid to emerge before calling on Attorney General Merrick Garland to testify next year.

“When the Republicans take over the House, we will immediately oversee this department, follow the facts, and leave no stone unturned,” McCarthy said Monday night. “Attorney General Garland, keep your documents and clear your calendar.”

said Aaron Cutler, a former House Republican attorney who now heads the congressional investigations working for law firm Hogan Lovells.

But Cutler said Monday’s FBI raid, and the lack of public knowledge of the unusual move, “really angered” the Republican Party. “It makes Republicans want to go deeper into the administration,” he said.

This spirited dig is not prepared to simply stop at the doors of the Ministry of Justice. Over the past year, Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate have publicly identified dozens of areas they want to investigate with the Biden administration.

Some of these areas are straightforward and could even invite some bipartisan cooperation. Republicans want to delve deeper into the US’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan last year and the often confusing COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Some Democrats could be involved in those investigations.

But with the Republican Party Mom so far on their legislative agendawhat appears to be intriguing Republicans right now about the Capitol Hill takeover is something else: the investigations are designed primarily to hit Biden where it hurts — and damage his political prospects ahead of the 2024 election.

Before Biden took office, Republican lawmakers began laying the groundwork for an extensive investigation into the business dealings of the president’s son, Hunter, and pledged to investigate another: the House Select Committee’s Jan.

Meanwhile, regular Republican members have publicly called for Biden’s impeachment, along with Garland and other ministers such as Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mallorcas.

“What we see from what they are saying is not about any legislative agenda if they are in the majority,” said Norman Ornstein, a senior fellow emeritus at the American Enterprise Institute. “It’s all about getting revenge on the people in the Biden administration, from Merrick Garland to Anthony Fauci.”

Representative Jared Hoffman (D-CA) had another description of the possibility that the Republican majority would exercise supervisory powers. “It’s going to be a poor bid on steroids,” he told The Daily Beast.

Playing outside GOP censorship schemes is hardly an academic or recreational exercise of far-fetched assumptions. Given historical trends, redistricting, and Biden’s low approval rates, Republicans are widely expected to easily control the House of Representatives; Control of the Senate is more than defeat.

Republicans need only turn one room, though, to get to the committee’s hammer — and with them, a massive injection of resources to hire lawyers and investigators — in order to start creating the daily headache of the Biden administration.

They can do this on a number of fronts. Investigations into the Biden family will be the most politically sensitive and the most partisan; Second will be investigations into how Biden and congressional Democrats themselves will investigate abuses of the Trump presidency on January 6.

Moreover, Republicans are more eager to investigate the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the public health policies of COVID-19, the origins of the virus, and the Department of Homeland Security’s handling of immigration at the US-Mexico border.

Among the ordinary, there is a serious desire to use their powers in Congress to indulge in an investigation into Trump’s obsession – the 2020 election – that leaders have not yet approved.

The last time Republicans were able to investigate a Democratic administration, they followed in the footsteps of their base — a move that has only aged poorly over time. From 2014 to 2016, House Republicans formed a committee to investigate the terrorist attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

There were legitimate questions to be answered about the government failures that led to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi. But the leaders of the Republican Party –McCarthy in particularIt was admitted that the investigation was simply there to harm Hillary Clinton, the hypothetical Democratic presidential nominee in 2016.

Some Republicans concede that there is a danger of going too far again. “I don’t think the leadership wants to see Hunter Biden alone on a witness panel getting beaten up for hours on end,” Cutler said. “Benghazi example, I think people will understand that’s not really what the American public wants to see.”

Cutler argued that McCarthy would “ensure the conference is measured and will not voluntarily send subpoenas” if they take the gavel next year. The Democrats, in the eyes of many Republicans, have gone too far in their oversight of the Trump administration.

They identified dozens of potential investigations before taking over the House in 2018; Within six months of taking control of the Chamber, 14 House committees launched at least 50 investigations into the Trump administration, According to NBC News.

Although senior Republicans have used their censorship plans primarily as a way to dump red meat on the GOP base, they have also at least indicated that they want to pursue sober, bread-and-butter issues.

Representative James Comer (R-Kentucky), to serve as Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, I promised to Politico To return the painting “to its original intent”.

“We’re going to spend a lot of time in the first three or four months doing investigative hearings, and then we’ll be very active in the subcommittee process, focusing on material waste, fraud and abuse type cases,” Comer said.

Spokespersons for Comer and Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) — who chairs the House Judiciary Committee — did not respond to requests for comment from The Daily Beast on their oversight plans.

It’s fair to say that Democrats don’t expect serious oversight in the coming year. Ornstein argued that any suggestion that Democrats’ oversight of the Trump administration – “the most scandalous in the country’s history” – could not be remotely compared to what Republicans are now plotting.

With Republicans seeking a tie and putting political points on the board against Biden, Ornstein said even legitimate methods of oversight such as Afghanistan or COVID-19 policies can be tainted. “I don’t have much hope that we will have legitimate oversight,” he said.

White House It is said that it has already begun Laying the groundwork for responding to GOP demands and demands for oversight, by increasing staffing in the chancellor’s office and talking about restructuring offices to better face their opponents on Capitol Hill should they take over.

Democrats in Congress, still fighting to maintain control of both the House and Senate, hate openly manipulating how the minority role is handled — and engage the Republican Party in scrutinizing their case before the electorate.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, told The Daily Beast that the committee’s Republicans “have made it clear that they are more interested in promoting former President Trump’s extremist agenda, including spreading and launching electoral conspiracy theories and political attacks on President Biden.” and his family members.”

“I am proud of the committee’s strong record in this Congress, and I believe the American people see Democrats working to improve their lives while our colleagues on the other side focus on political point scoring,” Maloney said.

Hoffman argued that Democrats “should not spend any time developing a game plan for dealing with being in the majority.”

“We should do everything in our power to serve the American people and make our case to the electorate as to why these people are unfit to govern,” Hoffman said.

Democrats happily seized on comments made by Republicans in response to the Mar-a-Lago raid — such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green’s call to “defund” the FBI — to support the cause.

Greene’s comments foreshadow a broader problem for McCarthy and his Republican aides as they near a majority in the House: Can they stay in the driver’s seat of sensitive investigations, or will they simply stay along?

Rep. Matt Gates (R-FL), a McCarthy critic, suggested last December that the Benghazi days would look strange compared to what he and his allies planned for Biden.

“There will be no Paul Ryan and Trey Judy days, no real oversight, and no real subpoenas,” Gates said. “It will be the days of Jim Jordan, Marjorie Taylor Green, Dr. Gosar and me.”

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