Democrats seem to be increasingly nervous about Republicans taking over the House of Representatives. Given the vows made by the party’s leadership in the lead-up to the congressional elections, they probably should be. House Republicans, led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), have promised to launch a series of investigations into matters that might not reflect well on the Democratic Party. On Thursday, they sent shockwaves through the chattering class when they announced their impending probe into the extent of Joe Biden’s knowledge of and involvement in his son Hunter’s business affairs, along with other matters that might be embarrassing to Democrats.
At least one official in the White House is already pushing back on the impending scrutiny. However, given the actions Democrats took when they had control of the White House and legislature, they might not have a leg to stand on.
Biden Adviser Sends Message to House Republicans
Anita Dunn, a senior adviser to President Joe Biden, said during an interview on Face the Nation that she hopes House Republicans will not pursue politically motivated investigations and instead focus on working with the administration. She indicated the president will seek to work with GOP lawmakers to address issues important to Americans.
“He believes that at the end of the day, there are going to be things that Republicans and Democrats can work on together as they did over the last two years,” she said. “Control of the Senate is hugely consequential both for judiciary nominations and appointments, the most diverse group of judicial nominations ever under the first two years of President Biden, but also for controlling the agenda in the U.S. Senate, and that means continued progress for the working families, middle class of this country.
After the midterms resulted in Democrats maintaining control of the Senate and the GOP controlling the House, Dunn said “[President Biden] is going to reach out his hand to work with the Republicans, and the question is whether they will reach out their hand to his.”
House Republicans are expected to launch inquiries into Joe Biden’s involvement in his son Hunter’s business dealings, the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, political bias in the Justice Department and FBI, and possibly the flawed military withdrawal from Afghanistan, among other issues. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will also be a target due to his handling of the border crisis.
On Thursday, McCarthy and Rep. James Comer (R-KY), who will chair the House Oversight Committee, told reporters that investigating Hunter Biden will be one of their top priorities after they take over next year. The objective is to determine whether the family business’ actions “compromise US national security and President Biden’s ability to lead with impartiality.”
“Hunter and other members of the Biden family have a pattern of peddling access to the highest levels of government to enrich themselves,” Comer explained in a written statement. “The American people deserve to know whether the President’s connections to his family’s business deals occurred at the expense of American interests and whether they represent a national security threat.”
The lawmaker also said they would ascertain whether the president was “directly involved with Hunter Biden’s business deals and is he compromised?”
Dunn contended that such probes reveal a political motivation on the part of House Republicans.
“The White House has and will continue to comply with fair and legitimate oversight because we are a White House that respects norms and the rule of law,” she said. “But I think that the American people didn’t vote for Congress being used to conduct political vendettas over the next two years. They voted for working together to make progress on the issues they care about. The president is going to be focused on the priorities of the American people.”
She added: “We would hope that the Republicans who’ve just suffered a substantial defeat in terms of both their expectations and what historically midterm elections tend to do, would also listen to the American people, focus on the priorities of the American people.”
But the past few years have shown that the Democrats know a thing or two about politically motivated actions.
Democratic House Select Jan. 6 Committee
In the aftermath of the 2021 unrest at the US Capitol building, Democrats pounced to weaponize the fracas against former President Donald Trump. Along with their friends in the activist media, they began perpetuating the narrative that he had incited the violence and even launched another impeachment attempt against the former president after he left office.
Despite scant evidence that Trump directly, or indirectly, inspired some of his supporters to attack the Capitol, Democrats put together a committee ostensibly to get to the bottom of the impetus behind the “riot.” In so doing, they managed to keep the matter in front of the public for as long as possible. They did this even though the FBI indicated the assault was a spontaneous occurrence and was not planned beforehand.
Now that the committee’s days are numbered, Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans in the lower chamber decided to subpoena the former president. However, Trump has defied the summons, much to their consternation. “Republicans are expected to dissolve the panel if they win control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the mid-term elections,” according to Reuters. It appears the left isn’t going to get their Trump show after all.
Russia Collusion Hoax
Democrats also decided it was a good idea to drag the nation through a public investigation of one of its favorite conspiracy theories: the Russia collusion hoax. The left spent millions of dollars for special counsel Robert Mueller to conduct a probe into the matter, hoping it would prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Orange Man Bad™ had colluded with the Kremlin to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Of course, Mueller’s investigation only proved what most already knew: There was no collusion. At least, it failed to uncover evidence to the contrary. Nevertheless, Democrats had thought it wise to use the hoax to attack their feared boogeyman in what is widely seen as a politically motivated move.
What Are They Afraid Of?
These are just two of several examples of the Democrats in Congress using the government to attack a political opponent. As it turns out, they have absolutely no problem with engaging in “vendettas” when it suits their purposes. If House Republicans fulfill their promises, the left will cry foul and insist it is nothing but politics.
However, Dunn’s comments might reflect the reality that Democrats are deeply concerned about what might be discovered in these investigations. The probes are likely to produce information that will cast a negative light on the Biden administration’s activities. If current developments are any indication, the Dems had better be prepared.
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