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Thursday, December 08, 2022

Biden’s investigation, a priority for Republicans in Congress

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – The majority won by the Republican Party in the House of Representatives, while narrow, will soon change the agenda in Washington, empowering its lawmakers to pursue conservative goals, strongly challenging Democratic President Joe Biden’s policies. and dive into the Washington investigation with your new powers to issue subpoenas.

Republicans have made it clear that starting next year, the Democratic-led commission probing the 6 January uprising will cease to exist. Instead, a public inquiry will be launched against Hunter Biden, the president’s son. In addition, Republican priorities such as border security, parental rights and major tax cuts will be expedited on the House floor.

It’s a familiar scenario, as it happened after midterm elections in 2010 and 2018, which also ended single-party control in Washington, the first time to the advantage of Republicans and the second time to Democrats. This time, however, the lower-than-expected Republican result in last week’s election will complicate his plans to aggressively take on Biden with the law.

Kevin McCarthy, the next Speaker of the House of Representatives, will have a narrow margin of votes to guide the agenda of the lower house. And very few Republican goals that pass the House will stand a chance in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

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But after two years of investigations into Donald Trump and the Jan. 6 attack on the federal Capitol, Republicans have made it clear that one of the main priorities of their majority is to launch one investigation after another, this time against Democrats. They are framing a wide range of Democrats’ scrutiny from Hunter Biden’s business deals to the chaotic withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, illegal immigration along the border with Mexico and billions of dollars in pandemic spending. Theft or wasteful spending.

“This is really about getting answers to the questions that everyone in this country has been asking for the last two years and for various reasons, the government refuses to be clear,” Rep. said Steve Scalise, who is about to become majority leader in the lower house, during an interview ahead of the election.

Republican leaders said during a conference call on Thursday, hours after securing a majority in the House of Representatives, that an investigation into the Biden family would be the first item on the agenda.

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Rep. James Comer, the incoming chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said there are “troubling questions” about the business dealings of Hunter Biden and James Biden, one of the president’s brothers, that require further investigation.

In fact, Republican lawmakers and their staff are investigating messages and financial transactions that were found on Hunter Biden’s laptop over the past year. He has discussed issuing congressional subpoenas to foreign entities that did business with him, and recently called James Mandolfo, a former federal prosecutor, to help with the investigation as general counsel for the Oversight and Reform Commission. was.

Hunter Biden’s taxes and his work in companies overseas are already under federal scrutiny, and a grand jury in Delaware has heard testimony in recent months. Although he never held a presidential campaign or White House position, his membership on the board of a Ukrainian energy company and his efforts to close deals in China have long raised questions about whether he took advantage of his father’s position.

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Associated Press writers Eric Tucker and Colleen Long contributed to this report.

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