GOP Launches Multi-Faceted Attack Against DOJ & FBI

GOP Launches Multi-Faceted Attack Against DOJ & FBI

( – Speaker Kevin McCarthy and House Republicans are considering punitive measures against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a new push to impeach Attorney General Merrick Garland and remove FBI Director Christopher Wray. Some conservative lawmakers in Congress may soon work to slash the law agencies’ budget.

House Republicans could even attempt to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas or even President Biden; however, the rate at which impeachment is to be considered will be heavily influenced by any potential for political repercussions if the process appears too swift.

While the extreme right wishes to pursue this, it could stoke further division within the already slim house majority between conservatives and moderates on this issue. Republicans sit at 222 members, with 218 required for a majority. This means that any effort from House Republicans that won’t rely on Democratic votes will need to be on a unified front.

Politico quoted Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado as saying, “I’m not in favor of cutting DOJ,” which could curtail the level to which conservative house members pursue measures against the FBI and DOJ if they have to reach common ground with other party members.

The judiciary committee will be having Christopher Wray testify in July. Chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, one of the founding members of the House Freedom Caucus, which is known for its staunch conservatism, questions could span a variety of topics. These will likely include questions on the Durham report, allegations that the FBI has been targeting Catholic Americans, and further developments on potential ethical misconduct in the Biden family on domestic and international business dealings to determine whether U.S. national security was compromised. This could set the stage for further subpoenas from House Republicans to parts of the Biden administration.

While House Republicans have a slim majority, if unified, they can accomplish the objectives many conservative representatives are pushing for.

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