As recent polls continue to suggest that Republicans will likely retake control of the House this November, lawmakers are preparing to make good use of Congress’s subpoena power to investigate various aspects of the Biden administration.
Senator Ron Johnson (R, WI) told The Hill that he wanted to investigate “like everything.” He added “It’s like a mosquito in a nudist colony. It’s a target-rich environment.” Senator Johnson would chair the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, as well as Senate Homeland Security Committee, should Republicans take control of the Senate in November.
“There’s so much more in terms of what happened with our federal health agencies that we need to explore.” Senator Johnson added.
Sen. Mike Braun (R, IN) was more circumspect in his remarks, saying “I’m sure there will be plenty of ingenious individuals thinking about what to do on those committees.”
Senator Rand Paul (R, KY) was much clearer on who he wanted to target. “If we win in November, if I’m chairman of a committee, if I have subpoena power, we’ll go after every one of [Dr. Fauci’s] records.”
“We’ll have an investigator go through this piece-by-piece because we don’t need this to happen again.”
Should Republicans win in November, Senator Paul would take control of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee. Many of the other Republicans on the committee, including Senator Susan Collins (R, ME), Senator Lisa Murkowski (R, AK), and Senator Mitt Romney (R, UT), however, may be reticent in supporting Senator Paul’s investigations of Fauci. For instance, they recently voted against his amendment which would have eliminated Dr. Fauci’s position.
But it’s not just the pandemic response that Congress will be investigating. Senator Rick Scott (R, FL) plans to focus on the border crisis.
Senator Josh Hawley (R, MO) wants the Senate to focus on the administration’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. “The American public wants and deserves accountability for what transpired in Afghanistan last year,” he wrote. Adding “A rigorous and public review of the Central Command investigative report is the necessary and appropriate next step to ensure accountability for the disaster in Afghanistan and prevent another like it.”
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Senator Cruz, meanwhile, discussed the Russia investigation and promised to investigate the complicity of members of the intelligence community in the episode. He told the New York Post that “The most basic accountability requires firing those responsible for the ‘Russian disinfo’ lie about the Biden family’s corruption, including and especially the former intelligence officials who were elevated to the top of cable news because they pushed wild and unsubstantiated Russia conspiracy theories about President Trump.”