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December 7, 2022

House GOP Prepares to Investigate the Investigators

With Republicans soon to take control of the House, we can expect plenty of oversight from the lower chamber’s Judiciary Committee.

A recent flurry of letters from the office of Ohio Republican Jim Jordan, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, indicates that the 118th Congress, which convenes on January 3, will be full of investigative activity. Jordan and his colleagues intend to leverage their slim House majority to look deep into corruption allegations against the Biden administration and the intelligence community — allegations that have thus far been buried by Democrats and the media.

Jordan is poised to become chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and he’s already known in Washington as a bulldog who relishes a good fight. Maybe it has something to do with his background as a two-time NCAA wrestling champion. He’s already moved forward on several fronts since the end of November, seeking answers to long-ignored questions and preparing to open several investigations.

The FBI’s scandal-ridden Confidential Human Source program recently received a call from Jordan demanding information and documentation. The program manages all the FBI’s informants, and apparently not very well according to a 2019 report by the Justice Department’s inspector general. Public records indicate that informants have been allowed or even directed to commit crimes. There is little accountability or reliability for many of these informants, and no way of determining how many of them are of any real intelligence value. Few, if any, of the FBI top brass even know how many total informants exist. The taxpayer-funded payroll for these sources was $42 million per year between 2012 and 2018. Among the program’s stars are Christopher Steele, the author of the thoroughly debunked Steele dossier, and his main source for that dubious document, Igor Danchenko.

Jordan also reached out to the FBI seeking answers to whistleblower complaints that the bureau routinely purges conservatives from its ranks at the behest of the Biden administration. Jill Tyson, assistant director of the bureau’s Office of Congressional Affairs, indignantly challenged Jordan’s allegations.

“It is important to emphasize that allegations against one or a very small number of employees do not reflect a widespread political bias or a lack of objectivity by the FBI’s 38,000 employees who perform their jobs objectively, rigorously, and with professionalism,” Tyson wrote. “Nor do such allegations fairly call into question the FBI’s motivations and actions to fulfill its mission, which reflect the collective judgment and effort of our workforce.”

Jordan intends to call Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray to testify before the committee about this and other abuse-of-power allegations — among them the Biden administration’s “misuse of federal criminal and counterterrorism resources to target concerned parents at school board meetings.”

But that’s not all. Jordan plans to dig deeper into the Hunter Biden laptop controversy. He will continue his pursuit of information from former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper as to why they were so adamant that the October 2020 New York Post story about Biden’s laptop was Russian disinformation. Brennan and Clapper led a carefully orchestrated disinformation campaign of their own, getting the story suppressed in the crucial days leading up to the 2020 election. Left-leaning news outlets dutifully went along with their hoax, only returning to the story more than a year after Joe Biden was safely in the White House.

(We all know the answer, of course. Hunter’s laptop revealed Joe’s corruption, and voters were not allowed to know such things before the election.)

Jordan will also subpoena Nina Jankowicz, the short-lived executive director of the Biden administration’s equally short-lived Disinformation Governance Board, to learn more about what the board’s true role was meant to be and how it intended to go about its work. Jill Sanborn, former executive assistant director of the FBI’s National Security Branch, can also expect to be subpoenaed after having backed out of a voluntary interview to discuss allegations that agents were ordered to falsely label cases as “domestic violent extremism” by their superiors.

Jordan and the Judiciary Committee will have their hands full next term. Democrats and the media are sure to portray their work as a vengeful turnabout and a distraction from the work they should be focusing on for the American people. What the Dems and their media lackeys fail to understand is that rooting out corruption and keeping our elected officials from abusing power are part of the oversight work that Congress does on behalf of the American people. We hope Jordan and his colleagues will make some progress.

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