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Federal prosecutors and the police in the eyes of congressional Republicans

Finally on the battle line, elected Republicans began their crusade against President Joe Biden’s administration in Congress on Tuesday, establishing a commission of inquiry … its investigators.

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A new Republican majority in the House of Representatives has approved the creation of a “Special Commission on Instrumentalization” of federal agencies.

The committee will investigate “how the executive branch collects information about U.S. citizens, including in ongoing criminal investigations,” according to the adopted resolution. In the viewfinder: Federal prosecutors, FBI, tax services…

Donald Trump’s allies do not hide that it is a question of questioning the reasons that justified the opening of several investigations of the former president of the Republican party. White House Archives.

The Justice Department and the federal police were “tooled by the Biden administration against its opponents, especially during the unprecedented raid on President Trump’s home,” declared Elise Stefanik, referring to the raid on his home in August. In Florida.

The commission was established at the center of demands by Trump-elects who blocked the election of Kevin McCarthy as “speaker” for four days last week.

Thanks to this arm-wrestling not seen in more than 160 years, “we’ve got more evidence, more precision and more power to target Biden’s revisionist government,” boasted one of the slingers on Fox News, Chip Roy.


According to him, the new body will have the same room for maneuver as the “Commission of Inquiry on January 6, 2021” with a Democratic majority. The latter, during high-profile investigations, exposed Donald Trump’s responsibility for the attack on the Capitol, before recommending criminal prosecution against him.

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Similarly, the new committee, expected to be led by the notorious Jim Jordan, will be able to issue subpoenas and subpoenas to all state agencies and their representatives, who will be forced to comply.

However, the Judiciary must, as a matter of custom, seek to protect the confidentiality of its investigations, particularly those still ongoing.

Before the vote, Democrat-elect Jerry Nadler denounced it as a “dangerous attack on the institutions responsible for enforcing the law.”

According to him, the commission could conduct “endless investigations into any conspiracy theory in view in far-right circles” and “use its broad powers to protect Donald Trump and his allies.”

Afghanistan, Migrant and Hunter

This commission is only the first in a long series. After his election, in the 15th round of voting, Kevin McCarthy promised to examine President Joe Biden’s record.

He cited the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan or investigations into migration policy along the Mexican border, where migrant arrivals are at historic levels.

Republicans want to see Democrats handle the Covid pandemic, including restrictions they say have hurt the U.S. economy and infringe on American liberties.

On a more personal level, they are threatening to open an investigation into the president’s son, Hunter Biden, who is accused of using his father’s name to do business in Ukraine and China.

House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries accused them of wanting to create “vindictive investigations” disconnected from the concerns of Americans.