US GOP Vote for Investigation of Biden Presidency

The new Republican-controlled US House of Representatives on Tuesday voted along party lines to launch a select subcommittee to investigate what they describe as Pres. Joe Biden's "weaponization of the federal government."

US GOP Vote for Investigation of Biden Presidency
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Facts

  • The new Republican-controlled US House of Representatives on Tuesday voted along party lines to launch a select subcommittee to investigate what they describe as Pres. Joe Biden's "weaponization of the federal government."
  • The investigation will include probing claims that the Biden admin. pressured Big Tech to censor views that run against its policies.
  • As the result of concessions made by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to reach the required votes to secure his new role, the panel will be housed under the Judiciary Committee and will have access to the same highly classified material given to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
  • Having been compared to the Church Committee of the 1970s, it will look into how executive branch agencies "collect, compile, analyze, use, or disseminate" information about US citizens. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has also emphasized her party's desire to probe the FBI and Dept. of Justice.
  • Republicans have vowed to investigate many other issues, including Hunter Biden's business dealings, the border, the origins of COVID, and the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Democrats claim the committee is a fishing expedition without merit.
  • This comes as the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability launches its own investigation into revelations that classified documents from when Biden was vice president were found at his private Penn Biden Center office.

Sources: Reuters, Al Jazeera, CNN, FOX News, and Daily Wire.

Narratives

  • Democratic narrative, as provided by CNN. To secure the speakership, Kevin McCarthy granted concessions to the House GOP's most militant and conservative faction. While conservative activists have cheered the outcome and insist that a more right-leaning agenda is necessary, the historically Republican voters from well-educated suburbs are distancing themselves from this side of the culture war, which could devastate the party in 2024.
  • Republican narrative, as provided by New York Post. Biden's corruption was a well-known Washington secret long before Donald Trump ran for office, and these so-called far-right Republicans pushed McCarthy for concessions. The GOP faction understands not only that it's Congress's duty to keep the executive branch in check but also that American voters from all sides are eager to learn what their leaders have been doing behind closed doors.
  • Cynical narrative, as provided by Forbes. The start of the newest session of Congress highlights the pain of what happens when parties fail to collaborate as Republicans and Democrats become increasingly at odds. With the speaker technically not required to be a House member, per the Constitution, it may be best to pursue a third-party neutral figure next time to help calm the growing chaos in Washington.

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