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House Republicans Launch Controversial Investigation into FBI, DOJ

U.S. Capitol

By Steve Neavling

The Republican-led House narrowly voted on Tuesday to launch an investigation into the FBI, Justice Department and other federal agencies involved in the probe of former President Trump and his supporters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. 

With all Democrats opposed, the vote was 221 to 211 to create the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, The New York Times reports.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a staunch supporter of Trump, will chair the panel. He said the goal was in “protecting the First Amendment.”

Republicans, once the party of law and order, allege federal law enforcement has become politicized.

“We don’t want to go after anyone,” Jordan said. “We just want it to stop.”

The creation of the panel enables Republicans to seek access to highly classified documents and inside information on criminal inquiries. 

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., compared the panel to the House Un-American Activities Committee, which investigated Americans accused of being sympathetic to communism. 

“I call it the McCarthy committee, and I’m not talking about Kevin; I’m talking about Joe,” Mr. McGovern said, adding: “This committee is nothing more than a deranged ploy by the MAGA extremists who have hijacked the Republican Party and now want to use taxpayer money to push their far-right conspiracy nonsense.”

House Republicans Turn up Volume on Impeaching DHS Secretary Mayorkas

Homeland Security Director Alejandro Mayorkas.

By Steve Neavling

House Republicans are ramping up calls to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, saying he has mishandled immigration at the border. 

Republicans are pressuring House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who is expected to be the next Speaker, to begin impeachment  proceedings next year. 

“Now that we have the majority in the House of Representatives, I expect our party to pursue impeachment next Congress,” Rep. Andy Bigg, R-Ariz., how is running as a protect challenger to McCarthy for Speaker, told reporters, The Hill reports.

“Secretary Mayorkas has committed high crimes and misdemeanors. His conduct is not incompetent. It is not negligent. It is willful and intentional,” Biggs said.

McCarthy has been critical of Mayorkas and has called for him to resign, but he has stopped short of firmly demanding his impeachment. 

Rep. Kevin Hern, R-Okla., said House Republicans are going to continue to call for Mayorkas’ impeachment. 

“You’re going to see a lot of sentiment across the conference to have Mayorkas removed from that job and put somebody in to do the job and do it,” Hern told reporters. “Obviously it’s not going to happen instantaneously, but you have to point out that issues are out there.”

Republicans will have majority control of the House.

Former FBI Agents Publicly Support Suspended Agent Stephen Friend

By Steve Neavling

Thirty former FBI agents are publicly supporting suspended agent Stephen Friend, who claims to be a whistleblower. 

The agents, including a retired deputy assistant director, head of counterterrorism and five SWAT team members, allege the FBI has been politicized, The New York Post reports.

“It’s time to stop the FBI from being the enforcer of a political party’s ideology,” Ernie Tibaldi, a retired agent from San Francisco, said. “We need to reestablish the FBI as the apolitical and independent law enforcement entity that it always was.”

He credited Friend “for having the courage to stand up to the corruption that has taken over the leadership of the FBI.”

Friend was suspended without pay earlier this month after he refused to participate in SWAT raids that he alleged violated FBI policy. 

He claimed in a whistleblower complaint to the Justice Department’s inspector general that the bureau was manipulating case-filed management to exaggerate the threat of domestic terrorism. 

He has gained the support of many Republicans. 

The bureau has repeatedly countered that it did nothing wrong and denied politicizing the bureau. 

Wives of Border Patrol Agents Run for Congress to Give Voice to Husbands’ Frustrations

By Steve Neavling

As migrants flood the border, the wives of three Border Patrol agents are running for Congress to give voice to their husbands’ struggles. 

The three Hispanic women have secured the Republican Party nomination for the general election, the Washington Examiner reports. One of them, Cassy Garcia, defeated six other Republicans in the primary.

“The support they’re not receiving from the administration — it’s unbelievable,” said Garcia, whose husband is a 26-year veteran of the agency. 

Garcia is facing nine-term Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar in a district that near the border city of Laredo to San Antonio.

Rep. Mayra Flores won a special election in June to secure a seat left vacant by the incumbent and is running for a full term in November. 

Married to a Border Patrol agent, Flores has focused on border security. 

“We have a border that is completely out of control,” Flores said. “It’s not just a humanitarian crisis. It’s also a national security crisis. … Our Border Patrol are focused on women and children. They’re not able to focus on the terrorists coming in.”

The third candidate, Irene Armendariz-Jackson, is facing Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar. Her husband retired after serving 24 years as a federal agent and chaplain. 

“Due to Biden’s tyrannical vaccine mandate, he has had to take an early retirement. He has served El Paso & America well — he truly loved his job. This is a sad day for our family,” Armendariz-Jackson tweeted in December 2021.

“My husband was lucky enough to be able to take an early retirement, but many are simply having to quit. It is wrong & pitiful,” Armendariz-Jackson added. “What we inject into our bodies is our choice. This is a major part of why I’m running for Congress in Texas’s 16th district. Our country deserves better than this. The men and women who served us at CBP & in the armed forces deserve better.”

Pence Calls on Republicans to Stop Attacks on FBI

Former Vice President Mike Pence

By Steve Neavling

Former Vice President Mike Pence chastised Republicans for attacking the FBI after agents searched former President Trump’s home. 

Republican lawmakers have also lashed out at the FBI, and some even called for the bureau to be disbanded.

At a political event in New Hampshire, Pence said Republicans Republicans “can hold the attorney general accountable for the decision that he made without attacking the rank-and-file law enforcement personnel at the FBI.”

“Our party stands with the men and women who stand on the thin blue line at the federal and state and local level, and these attacks on the F.B.I. must stop,” Mr. Pence said. “Calls to defund the F.B.I. are just as wrong as calls to defund the police.”

The remarks from Pence, who appears to be preparing to run for president, come as the FBI has become the target of attacks. 

Last week, the FBI and Homeland Security warned of an “an increase in threats and acts of violence” directed at bureau employees. 

A man wearing body armor tried to attack the FBI’s Cincinnati Field Office last week. He was eventually killed in an hours-long standoff.

A Pennsylvania man was charged Monday with posting multiple violent threats against the FBI online after the bureau searched former President Trump’s house in Florida. 

Republicans Respond with Fury to FBI’s Raid of Trump’s Home: ‘We Must Destroy’ the Bureau

By Steve Neavling

Law-and-order Republicans lashed out at the FBI for raiding former President Trump’s house in Florida, with some suggesting the bureau should be defunded.

Without citing evidence, Republicans insisted the raid was political retaliation. 

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., called the raid a “brazen weaponization of the FBI by Biden’s DOJ against his political opponent.”  

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, demanded testimony from FBI Director Chris Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland before the House judiciary Committee on Friday. 

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., went further. 

“The GOP majority must defund all forms of tyranny throughout Biden’s government,” Boebert wrote on Twitter, before adding, “Weaponizing the FBI to raid President Trump’s home makes Watergate look like nothing.”

Not to be outdone, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., tweeted, “We must destroy the FBI. We must save America.”

U.S. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy pledged to retaliate against Garland and the Justice Department. 

“When Republicans take back the House, we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts, and leave no stone unturned,” he tweeted. “Attorney General Garland, preserve your documents and clear your calendar.” 

 The impetus for Monday’s raid appears to be boxes of White House documents that Trump took after he left office.

The FBI and Justice Department have not commented on the raid. 

In other words, Republicans are making the comments without knowing whether the FBI and Justice Department had adequate justification to conduct the raid. 

This doesn’t sound like the party of law and order.

Republicans Warn That a DOJ Investigation of Trump’s Actions on Jan. 6 Could Backfire

President Trump at a rally. Screen grab via Trump campaign.

By Steve Neavling

The Justice Department risks a messy political battle if it decides to pursue charges against former President Trump, Republican lawmakers warned, The Hill reports.

The warning comes as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol could make a case for prosecution. 

If the committee recommends charges, GOP lawmakers and strategists say, Trump could become more popular within in the Republican Party, and the Justice Department would be accused of being “politically motivated.” 

If the House makes a criminal referral, Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., said it “would probably have as much political taint as you can get.”

“To me, it’s clearly politically driven,” he said. 

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., added, “Everybody is going to perceive the referral as a conviction on one side and they’re going to view it as the continuation of a witch hunt on the other side. The bar that the House committee has is far lower than anything that would ultimately result in moving forward with a federal investigation and a conviction.” 

FBI Investigating Postmaster General DeJoy Over Campaign Fundraising Activity

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

By Steve Neavling

The FBI has launched an investigation into Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s campaign fundraising activity while he was working in the private sector. 

The Washington Post first reported that FBI agents have interviewed current and former DeJoy and New Breed Logistics employees about their political contributions and have issued a subpoena to DeJoy.

“Mr. DeJoy has learned that the Department of Justice is investigating campaign contributions made by employees who worked for him when he was in the private sector,” DeJoy spokesman Mark Corallo told The Post. “He has always been scrupulous in his adherence to the campaign contribution laws and has never knowingly violated them.”

DeJoy is a prominent GOP fundraiser who was selected by former President Trump to lead the U.S. Postal Service last May.

The Post reported in September that DeJoy, when he led New Breed Logistics from 2000 to 2014, was accused of pressuring employees to donate or attend fundraisers for Republican candidates and then reimbursing the employees using company bonuses.