Jan 31, 2023

Upcoming House GOP Investigations Include Southern Border, Biden Family, COVID-19, and More

The Republican-controlled House is gearing up to begin its long-awaited investigations into the Biden family, COVID-19 origins, censorship, and more.
Upcoming House GOP Investigations Include Southern Border, Biden Family, COVID-19, and More

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Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is leading the House GOP in pursuing an expansive agenda of committee investigations he has teased about since being elected Speaker of the House. This agenda, set to begin on February 1, includes a host of investigations into:

The southern border: Amid the highest number of illegal border crossings recorded and a surge in human trafficking along the southern border, the House GOP will investigate Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas “over ‘complete failure’ to lead DHS.”

The Biden family: Next week, the House Oversight Committee will investigate President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. The investigation will center on any direct connection between the president and his son’s business dealings with foreign nations and on whether Hunter had access to any of his father’s classified information, which may have aided in his business dealings.

Twitter and election interference: This investigation will look into Twitter’s blocking of the New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story and the FBI’s potential interference in the 2020 presidential election.

The FBI and DOJ: The House is also setting up a subcommittee and subpanel chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) focused on the “weaponization” of the federal government. The panel will likely look into the use of Department of Justice and FBI resources against conservatives, in the raiding of Donald Trump’s residence, in the arrests of pro-life activists, and more.

COVID-19: The GOP will set up a subcommittee to look into government funding for the pandemic's origins and investigate U.S. funding into gain-of-function research of the virus.

Foreign policy: The House GOP will also set up a select panel to look into a series of foreign actors. The panel will focus on U.S.-China relations, particularly as it pertains to TikTok and supply chain issues; the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan; and the oversight of aid sent to Ukraine.

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