McCarthy Vows to Launch 7 Investigations into Biden on Day 1 of GOP Taking Back House
House minority leader reveals plans for Republicans winning control in 2022
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has vowed to launch multiple investigations into Democrat Joe Biden's administration if Republicans win back control of the House of Representatives in 2022.
As the midterms approach and the GOP looks set for a red wave, McCarthy said Republicans will launch at least seven probes into the Biden admin on "Day 1" of taking back power.
“McCarthy plans to beef up staff, counsel and other resources to be ready to extract information beginning Day 1 if the GOP gets the gavel,” Axios reported on Sunday.
The report notes that McCarthy’s office already has several investigations planned.
The investigations at the top of McCarthy’s list, according to Axios, include:
- IRS: Leak of a “vast cache of IRS information” about billionaires to ProPublica.
- National Security Agency: Tucker Carlson last summer accused the spy agency of targeting his show’s communications. The NSA said he was never an “intelligence target.”
- Parents: Attorney General Merrick Garland’s vow to mobilize the FBI against “threats of violence against school board members,” after the National School Boards Association used the phrase “domestic terrorism.” The association apologized for its letter.
- Border: Record levels of illegal immigration.
- COVID: Origins of the virus, and CDC communications about school closures and mask mandates.
- Afghanistan: Decisions behind the withdrawal, and an accounting of Americans who remain stranded.
- JEDI: A disputed cloud-computing contract.
"…[McCarthy] is not only preparing to turn the tables on the majority in the 2022 midterm elections, but he is also beefing up efforts for subsequent retribution for Democrats hunting down the Trump administration officials in investigations," Newsmax reported on Sunday.
McCarthy is planning “preservation notices” for Biden’s Cabinet, which instructs them to save communications and documents for future oversight in Congress.
"The investigations will not be able to be carried out in a Democrat-led Congress, but in the event Republicans take over, McCarthy’s preservation notices to the Biden administration might prove fruitful to spur probes of Democrats like they have conducted of the Trump administration, including the Mueller Report, Ukraine, COVID-19, and Jan. 6,” Newsmax added.
Axios noted that as a “prelude” to possible future actions, House Republicans sent Biden a request in August to “preserve all records related to your Administration’s withdrawal … from Afghanistan.”
"McCarthy plans to beef up staff, counsel and other resources to be ready to extract information beginning Day 1 if the GOP gets the gavel,” Axios continued.
This isn’t the first indication that Republicans plan to treat Democrats the way they’ve been treated in the Trump era.
In September, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) warned Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) he’ll be going after her phone records if the GOP takes the House next year.
“The reason Nancy Pelosi is doing this is because they want to cast this cloud of criminality,” Gaetz said.
“Nancy Pelosi better be careful what she wishes for because if the new tradition when one party gains power in the House of Representatives is that you investigate the personal records and the personal lives of the people who are out of power, well then 2022 and 2023 are going to be very difficult years for the Democrats,” Gaetz added.
“Maybe we ought to look at Nancy Pelosi’s phone records with her husband, who benefited millions of dollars off of stock trades and technology bills that were moving through the legislative process,” he continued.
He was even blunter just last week.
“We are going to take power after this next election,” Gaetz said.
“When we do, it’s not going to be the days of Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy [when there was] no real oversight and no real subpoenas.
“It’s going to be the days of Jim Jordan, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Dr. [Paul] Gosar and myself,” he added.