Democrats have “sown the wind” and are about to “reap the whirlwind.”
For the last six years, as the Democrat-controlled House launched a series of investigations against President Donald Trump, Republicans have warned that the rule of reciprocity will be applied when they assume office. That day has come.
As Republicans prepare to take control of the House, key members are signaling that multiple investigations are forthcoming — including investigating Biden administration officials for gross misconduct.
Among Republican leaders calling for action are Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Jim Jordan (R-OH). Key issues include:
- The southern border.
- Hunter Biden’s laptop.
- Inappropriate dealings with foreign countries.
- The management of the COVID pandemic.
A summary of several expected investigations follows.
Joe Biden and the Afghanistan withdrawal
President Joe Biden’s September 2021 decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan is widely viewed as a disaster. In addition to the reported 13 American and 200 Afghan deaths, America abandoned her partners, left billions in military equipment, and put into question America’s resolve to stand up against despot leaders.
Some have argued that recent belligerent moves by China, Russia, Iran and North Korea can be attributed to how America withdrew from the Afghan theater.
Rep. James Comer (R-KY) has noted his interest in investigating the matter. Comer is the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee and has accused the Biden administration of blocking his official requests for documents and information pertaining to the Afghan withdrawal.
The Oversight Committee has indicated they will investigate Biden’s decision to conduct airlifts out of Hamid Karzai International Airport, permitting the Taliban to be responsible for the airport’s security, and the lack of vetting and oversite regarding refugees transported out of Afghanistan.
Dr. Anthony Fauci and the COVID-19 pandemic
Dr. Fauci’s management of the COVID pandemic will likely be a primary topic of investigation in 2023. Key points of interest include the virus’ origins, “gain-of-function” research, the suppression of evidence contradicting the administration’s narrative concerning COVID, the efficacy of mask and vaccine mandates, lockdown decisions, and the suppression of information regarding the adverse effects of the vaccine.
Republicans have ordered the NIH (National Institute of Health) to preserve all records and communications related to the pandemic in advance of a coming formal investigation.
Hunter Biden and his laptop
Hunter Biden’s business dealings and reported ties to key Democratic officials, including Joe Biden, will likely be investigated in 2023. Suspicions of wrongdoing escalated after the discovery of data on an abandoned laptop belonging to Hunter Biden.
Infuriating Republicans, the Biden administration and their proxies, including left-leaning media outlets, intelligence officers, and big tech, allegedly actively suppressed information on the laptop story and purposely mischaracterized the story as Russian misinformation.
The Washington Examiner reports President Joe Biden insists he “has never even considered being involved in business with his family, nor in any overseas business whatsoever.”
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and the southern border
Republicans have expressed concern regarding the administration’s open border policy. Record numbers of illegal crossings were reported in 2021 and 2022.
Confounding Republicans is that Vice President Kamala Harris (reportedly given charge of southern border issues) and Alejandro Mayorkas have declared the southern border secure. GOP leaders are reportedly considering moving to impeach Mayorkas for gross misconduct and subpoena at least 10 other Dept. of Homeland Security Officials.
Merrick Garland and bias within the Department of Justice
Former President Donald Trump and several leading Republicans have charged the DOJ of operating with significant political bias. Reportedly, when Republicans take control of the House this month, they will investigate U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and at least 15 DOJ officials.
Republicans will review the DOJ’s investigation of Donald Trump, including the summer raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home and the FBI’s subsequent leaking of documents and photos to the press.
The Washington Examiner’s presentation of the 42 Biden administration officials who will reportedly be summoned to testify in upcoming GOP-led investigations is noted below.
White House staff
The House Judiciary Committee has requested testimony from:
- Mary C. Wall — Senior adviser of the COVID-19 Response Team
- Julie C. Rodriguez — Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
- Katherine Pantangco — Policy adviser for intergovernmental affairs
- Nezly Silva — Senior policy analyst for intergovernmental affairs
Department of Education
House Republicans have requested testimony from the following Department of Education officials as part of an investigation into the Biden administration’s alleged involvement with a letter sent to school boards from the National School Board Association.
- Kimberly Watkins-Foote — Director of the national engagement division
- Larry Bowden — Senior adviser to the secretary
- Nicholas Simmons — Special assistant to the Office of the Secretary
Department of Homeland Security
The House Judiciary Committee will request testimony from:
- Alejandro Mayorkas — Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
- Ur M. Jaddou — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- Tae Johnson — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- Kerry E. Doyle — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- Blas Nunez-Neto — U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- Raul L. Ortiz – Chief of U.S. Border Patrol
- Jennifer Daskal — Office of the General Counsel
- Adam Hunter — Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans
- Jen Easterly — Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
- Geoff Hale — Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
- Julia Treanor — Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Department of Justice
The House Judiciary Committee will request testimony from the following DOJ officials as part of their investigation into mismanagement and political bias in the department:
- Merrick B. Garland — Attorney general
- Lisa Monaco — Deputy attorney general
- Vanita Gupta — Associate attorney general
- Kenneth A. Polite Jr. — Assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division
- Matthew G. Olsen — Assistant attorney general for the National Security Division
- Kristen Clarke — Assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division
- Jonathan Kanter — Assistant attorney general for the Antitrust Division
- Brian Boynton — Principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Civil Division
- Jacqueline C. Romero — U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- Mark H. Wildasin — U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee
- Matthew M. Graves — U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia
- Mark A. Totten — U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan
- Susan Hennessey — Senior counsel, National Security Division
- Margy O’Herron — Office of the Deputy Attorney General
- David Neal — Executive Office for Immigration Review
The House Judiciary Committee is also requesting testimony from the following FBI officials:
- Christopher A. Wray — FBI director
- Paul Abbate — FBI Deputy director
- Timothy Langan — Executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch
- Jennifer L. Moore — Executive assistant director of the Human Resources Branch
- Steven M. D’Antuono — Assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office
- Carlton L. Peeples — Deputy assistant director of the Criminal Investigative Division
- Kevin Vorndran — Deputy assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division
- Laura Dehmlow — Section chief of the Foreign Influence Task Force
- Elvis Chan — Special agent with the San Francisco Field Office