House Judiciary Committee Republicans are preparing for a litany of investigations into the Biden administration following next week’s midterm elections, should the GOP pull out enough victories to retake the chamber.
Axios reported exclusively late Thursday that Republicans on the committee, led by ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, have prepared a 1,000-page document laying out allegations of politicization within the Justice Department and the FBI that will be released on Friday.
“The report…will serve as the basis for one of House Republicans’ top oversight investigations if they take back control of the majority in next week’s midterm,” the outlet reported.
“It’s an eleventh-hour political move by the minority members of the Judiciary Committee to stir up former President Trump’s base days before the election,” the report continued, adding: “Trump’s grievances against the FBI — reignited by federal agents’ search of Mar-a-Lago in August — have long been an obsession on the right.”
That said, leftist Democrats and Biden’s Justice Department have been obsessed with Trump, though he hasn’t been in office for nearly two years.
While one former top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, Geoffrey Berman, claimed in a memoir that Trump’s Justice Department demanded “that I use my office to aid them politically,” Jordan and Republicans on the Judiciary Committee have been collecting testimony from more than a dozen current FBI whistleblowers documenting heavy politicization within Biden’s Justice Department, much of which has formed the basis of the thousand-page report.
“Jordan has made clear he will use the committee to make the next two years of Biden’s presidency as painful as possible for Democrats, with this document serving as a road map for how he’ll navigate one of his key priorities,” Axios reported.
The report notes five main whistleblower allegations that Republicans say denote a “systemic culture of unaccountability” and “rampant corruption, manipulation, and abuse.”
— “Artificially inflating statistics about domestic violent extremism.”
— “Abusing its counterterrorism authorities to investigate parents who spoke at school board meetings,” by creating a special “threat tag” to track school board-related cases.
— Abusing its “foreign intelligence authorities to spy on American citizens, including people associated with the campaign of President Trump in 2016.”
— “Clearing the Bureau of employees who dissent from its woke, leftist agenda.”
— Prioritizing cases that have political implications over actual criminal cases, thereby taking resources away from “real law enforcement duties.”
“This report is a road map of where [Jordan] will go,” a House Republican Judiciary staffer told the outlet. “Lots of whistleblowers are coming out of the woodwork to complain about the FBI. Jordan is pursuing these vectors into the FBI.”
“This is just the information that Jordan accumulated while in the minority. Just wait until he has the full power [of the chairmanship] to gather real information,” the staffer added.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who is in line to become Speaker if the GOP wins control, has already signed off on his party taking an aggressive oversight approach.