The incoming Republican majority in the House is setting its sights on investigations. Having had enough of the Democrat administration investigating former President Donald Trump to no avail, the list of Democrats to investigate is led by no other than current President Biden.
Some House Republicans have been clamoring to impeach Biden if the GOP takes control of the House. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., one of the Republican Conference’s most fiercely outspoken members, has introduced articles of impeachment against Biden multiple times.
Some House Republicans are being cautious with impeachment and are proceeding carefully. Such a move would garner high media attention and could backfire if voters disapprove since several of them were in office during the 1990s when the GOP impeachment of Bill Clinton led to the loss of some GOP congressional seats and boosted the president’s popularity. If Biden were impeached in the House, the Senate would hold a trial that would require a two-thirds majority to convict Biden, a challenging threshold to meet.
Other patriotic Republicans are ready to let the axe drop on those who have broken laws and ignored the U.S. Constitution.
But Biden is not the only Democrat being scrutinized by the House. In wake of securing the House majority, GOP lawmakers on the Committee have begun rolling out their investigative plans for next year. Their plans include questioning nearly a dozen individuals within Democrat President Joe Biden’s DHS, including Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Mayorkas’ handling of the record migrant surge on the Southern border has unquestionably been unsuccessful, as it has not contained the flow of illegals and drugs under his watch; rather it has grown and expanded.
Republicans are planning to summon Mayorkas to testify before the House Judiciary Committee for the coming border investigation. On Friday, Republicans, led by ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), sent a notice to Mayorkas requesting “prompt testimony.” Not only Mayorkas, but others as well.
The note summons Mayorkas and ten others with key roles in immigration and cybersecurity.
According to Breitbart:
Republicans stated in the notice that they “anticipate requiring testimony” early next year from individuals who work in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
They called for the following officials to testify:
Ur Jaddou, USCIS
Tae Johnson, ICE
Kerry E. Doyle, ICE
Blas Nunez-Neto, CBP
Chief Raul L. Ortiz, CBP
Jennifer Daskal, Office of the General Counsel
Adam Hunter, Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plan
Jen Easterly, CISA
Geoff Hale, CISA
Julia Treanor, CISA
Republicans will have the authority to arrange the hearings once they take control of the Judiciary Committee in January. The testimonies will occur in Committee hearings or in transcribed interviews. Rep. Jordan is expected to serve as House Judiciary Committee chairman.
In their letter Friday, Republicans warn they “may be forced to resort to compulsory process to obtain” the requested documentation if Mayorkas fails to provide it before January, Slay News reports.
Another possible impeachment target would be two of Biden’s Cabinet members: Attorney General Merrick Garland, for the Justice Department’s investigation into Trump’s possession of documents slated for his presidential library; documents that he himself declassified as president before he left the Oval Office.
Current House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has vowed to immediately open an inquiry into the FBI’s unprecedented search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. the raid occurred as the FBI was concurrently ignoring other matters of national security.
“When Republicans take back the House, we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts and leave no stone unturned,” McCarthy said.
Republicans are not short on leadership who want to take on these matters. If McCarthy becomes speaker (an official vote won’t happen until Jan. 3), he will lead the majority, some of whose members are demanding an aggressive accounting of the Biden administration.
There are challenges to McCarthy’s leadership, most recently on Tuesday where McCarthy was selected in a closed-door conference meeting after being challenged by Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ), who is a former chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. McCarthy won 188 to 31 but the Hill reported that “In the Eyes of Biggs and His supporters, the goal was merely to demonstrate that McCarthy lacks the support to seize the gavel when the full House meets to choose the Speaker early next year.”
Conservative Republicans want McCarthy to take a hard line in investigations.. He does have support from the conservative base. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene stated, “We have to elect Kevin McCarthy. I can’t support a challenge that will allow the Democrats to elect their own Speaker by pulling some of ours.”
The GOP majority has not forgotten the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the other numerous actions by Department of Justice in the last two years, and could also open investigations into these matters as well, reported USA Today.