With the House Judiciary Committee’s divestment and subpoena power looming, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Republican of Ohio, is preparing to launch his first investigation into the Biden administration on Friday, which he recently called the administration’s “adversaries.” “What is as Parental Guidance.” It’s the kind of request from House Republicans that the White House is describing as politically motivated, as Republicans prepare to take control of the House.
In a ___ Letter Obtained by CBS News, Jordan and Republicans on the panel made their first request for testimony and documents from the Biden White House since the GOP took control of the chamber. He wrote to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klein to ask White House officials to testify at the start of the next Congress, as part of a House GOP investigation into what he says is bias against the administration. from “the misuse of federal criminal and counter-terrorism resources to target individuals”. Parents at School Board Meetings.”
House Judiciary Republicans want to know more about any action taken by the Biden administration. October 2021 memo Attorney General Merrick Garland noted a “disturbing increase in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers and staff” and urged the FBI and U.S. Attorneys to file federal, state and federal charges. , directing leaders to meet with local, tribal and regional officials to develop strategies to address these threats.
The memo follows a September 2021 letter from the National School Boards Association asking administrations to investigate threats of violence against school board members that “tend to be a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” can.”
Jordan and Republicans on the committee believe that employees of the President’s Executive Office were involved in discussions about the letter from the National School Boards Association and the White House’s “collusion with the NSBA” earlier this year. I requested documents and information.
Republicans on the committee charged that the administration was using law enforcement to “chill” parents’ First Amendment rights, though the letter called parents protesting at school board meetings “domestic terror.” “around” is not, as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has claimed, As the Associated Press fact-checks noted
“The American people … deserve greater accountability and transparency about the anti-parental directives of the Biden administration,” Jordan wrote in an Oct. 17 letter to Klein, asking the White House to preserve all records related to the matter.
Jordan’s Friday letter requested testimony from Mary C. Wall, a senior adviser to the COVID-19 response team. Julie C. Rodriguez, Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; Catherine Pantangco, Policy Advisor, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; and Nesli Silva, senior policy analyst at the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.
The request for testimony is voluntary – for now. But if officials don’t agree to testify and provide records, in January, when Republicans control the House, “the committee may be forced to resort to compulsory process to get the materials we need,” he said. Friday’s letter said. Efforts by Jordan to obtain records related to the National School Boards Association letter and the Justice Department memo have so far been unsuccessful.
The White House suggested that congressional Republicans’ priorities are not in the right place.
Ian Sams said, “Instead of working with President Biden to address important issues for the American people, like lower spending, congressional Republicans’ top priority is to attack President Biden with politically motivated attacks.” Along with a long history of failed conspiracy theories”. A spokesman for the White House Counsel’s Office. “President Biden will not let these political attacks distract him from focusing on the priorities of the American people, and we hope that Republicans in Congress will support us in addressing them instead of wasting time and resources on political vendettas. “
Jordan’s letter to the White House on Friday is just the beginning of a series of investigations expected to begin after the 118th Congress sits and Republicans take control of the House. Jordan’s committee and Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee also plan to investigate Hunter Biden and the president himself. Since Mr. Biden took office, Jordan has sent letters to the White House requesting testimony and information on a variety of topics, despite Republicans’ current lack of prior authorization.
That remains to be seen.In the 118th Congress, though, CBS News predicts the GOP will win between 218-223 seats. They need 218 to control the lower house. A handful of races are yet to be decided.
Not all Republicans believe that focus on the multiple investigations of the Biden administration and Hunter Biden is the way to go. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week, Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, appeared to urge the party to avoid such hearings, and instead focus on things like inflation, the debt, spending, and entitlements and immigration. Pay attention. correction
“Two roads diverge before this potential GOP majority,” Romney wrote last week. “A ‘less traveled’ bill would have to be passed that would make things better for the American people. A more attractive and historically more frequent road would be the pursuit of pointless investigations, messaging bills, threats and government shutdowns.” “