McCarthy appoints GOP members to lead sweeping commission of inquiry

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As part of the internal conference haggling, conference leaders also added language that gives the panel the authority to access information shared with the Intelligence Committee and review “ongoing criminal investigations” a prospect. which could lead to the withdrawal of the Ministry of Justice.

“As long as we stay tight and know what we’re doing before we go in, that’s where Jim Jordan comes in – nobody’s better at it – we’ll be fine,” the rep said. Kelly Armstrong (RN.D.), one of the newly appointed panelists, told POLITICO on Tuesday.

The newly appointed panelists represent the sometimes-discordant groups McCarthy must balance within his conference. While Jordan can get behind the wheel and name other allies, McCarthy can help control him, he also has to keep out opponents like Reps. Chip Roy (R-Texas) and Dan Bishop (RN.C.) would like to suppress any rebellion before it begins. The membership also reflects that suspicion of political motives within the Justice Department and FBI is far from marginal within the House GOP.

He is expected to spearhead skirmishes with the Biden administration, particularly the Justice Department, as Republicans on the panel will be given the power to review everything from investigations related to Jan. 6 to the search last year to former President Donald Trump. . Residence Mar-a-Lago. Republicans indicated they could broaden their scope of inquiry to include agencies and issues such as the Department of Education and big tech.

Some of McCarthy’s closest allies got stuck on the panel. Jordan was long expected to lead the group, and Reps. Elise Stephanie (RN.Y.) and Mike Johnson (R-La.), two members of the GOP leadership team, will also receive seats on the subcommittee, along with Armstrong, a McCarthy supporter who helped designate him as a speaker at a closed meeting. closed last year. Stefanik and Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) are also both members of the Intelligence Committee.

Only two of the defectors turned McCarthy supporters get a seat: Roy and Bishop. Bishop was an early supporter of the select committee conference, while Roy helped close the deal that gave McCarthy the gavel.

The other GOP members of the committee will include the representative. Darell Issa (R-California), Thomas Masse (R-Ky.), Greg Steube (R-fla.), Kat Cammac (R-Fla.) and Harriet Hageman (R-Wyo.). Hageman defeated former Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), one of two Republicans on the Jan. 6 Democratic-led committee.

Democrats have yet to recommend their own members to the panel. As part of the resolution that relieved him, Rep. Jerry Nadler (DN.Y.) gets an automatic seat due to his status as a top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

In addition, the resolution stated that McCarthy would nominate 13 members in addition to Jordan and Nadler, including no more than five in consultation with the House Minority Leader. Hakeem Jeffries.

Outside of Jordan, McCarthy’s list Tuesday night included 11 GOP members, who filled most of the panel’s 13 available slots amid strong interest in his conference. But two aides familiar with the plan said McCarthy planned to pass a second resolution to expand the size of the panel to accommodate the increased number of Republican appointees. Democrats would also receive a commensurate increase, aides said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

The panel, which the House approved in a partisan vote earlier this month, is already a lightning rod for Democratic critics, the Biden administration and their allies, who see it as a way for Republicans to use their newfound majority to exact political revenge. .

“Jim Jordan and Kevin McCarthy claim to be investigating the militarization of the federal government, when in fact this new select subcommittee is the weapon itself. It is specifically designed to inject extremist policies into our justice system and protect the MAGA movement from the legal ramifications of their actions,” Nadler said in a recent statement to the panel.

But Republicans have defended the decision to establish the panel as needed to oversee the FBI and Justice Department, two of the party’s biggest targets in recent years. They also pointed to a report from an inspector general that showed the FBI abused its surveillance powers to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser.

McCarthy argued that Democrats have used their last two years of unified control of Washington to “attack political opponents.”

“The government has a responsibility to serve the American people, not to persecute them,” he added.

Olivia Beavers and Kyle Cheney contributed to this report.

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