McCarthy names GOP members to run sweeping investigative panel
Speaker Kevin McCarthy has named a mixed bag of members to Republicans sprawling investigative panel, including conservative hardliners, leadership allies and Rep. Jim Jordan who represents a combination of both to lead it.
The California Republican, on Tuesday evening, appointed a dozen GOP lawmakers, including Jordan, to a select subcommittee on the weaponization of the federal government. Republicans are expected to use it to probe, among other targets, the FBI, Justice Department and the intelligence community agencies at the center of some of their biggest recent gripes.
The panel is the product of the weeks-long negotiations between McCarthy and his right flank as he locked down the votes to ultimately win a historic, 15-ballot fight for the speakers gavel. Conservatives had initially pushed for a select committee, but GOP leadership instead offered a subcommittee housed under the House Judiciary Committee that Jordan also leads.
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As part of the inner-conference haggling, conference heads also added language that gives the panel authority to get access to information shared with the Intelligence Committee and review ongoing criminal investigations, a prospect thats likely to spark push back from the Justice Department.
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