Democrat Rep. Jim McGovern: “This committee is deranged. It’s a bad idea.”
Today the 118th Congress voted and adopted H. Res. 12 in a party-line vote of 221-211. The Resolution creates a Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government as a Judiciary subcommittee.
The House adopted H. Res. 12 – Establishing a Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government as a select investigative subcommittee of the Committee on the Judiciary by a vote of 221-211. https://t.co/BGcGBymb4q
— House Press Gallery (@HouseDailyPress) January 10, 2023
It’s reported that the subcommittee was part of the concessions to help Kevin McCarthy become Speaker of the House.
The subcommittee, part of the House Judiciary Committee, is expected to be chaired by the full panel’s chair, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).
Such a move would give broad authority to an ally of Donald Trump who has railed against current and prior investigations of the former president.
“This is about the First Amendment, something you guys used to care about. And I’d actually hoped we could get bipartisan agreement on protecting the First Amendment — the five rights we enjoy as Americans under the First Amendment,” Jordan said during debate on the House floor Tuesday.
“We don’t want to go after anyone, we just want it to stop. And we want to respect the First Amendment to the Constitution that the greatest country in the world has. That’s what this committee is all about, and that’s what we’re gonna focus on, that’s what we are going to do,” he later added.
Heads are exploding on the left:
Rep. Jim McGovern on the proposed subcommittee to investigate weaponization of the federal government:
"This committee is deranged. It's a bad idea … it will be in the same category as the Joseph McCarthy Committee on Un-American Activities." pic.twitter.com/B6XYnnS2lY
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) January 10, 2023
Rep. August Pfluger explained on the floor why the subcommittee is so essential, “Americans are fed up with the weaponization of the federal government against our own citizens.”
Americans are fed up with the weaponization of the federal government against our own citizens. Republicans are not standing idly by. NEW Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government will deliver accountability and oversight and protect all civil liberties. pic.twitter.com/Azam1Vczyv
— Rep. August Pfluger (@RepPfluger) January 10, 2023
The subcommittee would have extraordinary power to investigate any part of the Justice Department and FBI for perceived wrongdoing against Americans:
The panel will have the authority to investigate how the federal government and private companies collect and analyze information on Americans, along with “ongoing criminal investigations” and civil liberties issues, according to the text of the resolution. The mandate could set up new fights with the Justice Department and national security agencies over sensitive records and probes — including those involving former President Donald Trump.
The panel would also get access to highly classified information typically only shared with the House Intelligence Committee.
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