Just the News reports that House Republicans, with their incoming majority, are “warming” to the idea of conducting a top-to-bottom investigation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Per Just the News:
Amid mounting allegations against the FBI and Justice Department — often from whistleblowers within their own ranks — House Republicans are increasingly convinced a dramatic top-to-bottom review of America’s most storied law enforcement agency is warranted.
Church-style committee is possible
For its report, Just the News relied on recent statements made by current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).
McCarthy is likely to become the next House speaker, while Jordan will be the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
Both McCarthy and Jordan have suggested that House Republicans, here, may launch an investigation into the FBI that is modeled after the U.S. Senate’s 1970s Church Committee, a committee that exposed FBI and CIA abuses.
During a Fox News appearance, McCarthy said, “we’ve got to get to the very bottom, and I think just subpoenas are starting, but you’re almost going to have to have a Church-style investigation to reform the FBI, the more that we are learning.”
Jordan seconded the idea in a subsequent interview with Just the News, saying, “we’ve been looking at a Church-style committee to look at this.”
The grounds for investigating the FBI are manifold. But, they all center around the idea that the agency has been heavily politicized and corrupted.
The most recent allegations stem from the “Twitter Files” – internal communications of former Twitter executives – that have been released by Elon Musk, Twitter’s new owner.
These communications, at the very least, show an extremely close relationship between the FBI and Twitter – a relationship in which the FBI routinely urged Twitter’s former management to censor users. It appears that other government agencies were involved as well.
But, the relationship between the FBI and social media platforms is only a small part of what House Republicans would be looking to investigate.
They would also look to investigate the FBI’s involvement in the Russia-Trump Collusion Hoax, the agency’s handling of the Capitol protests of Jan. 6, 2021, and much more.
The FBI responds
The FBI has pushed back against a lot of the claims of politicization and corruption that it has been facing. In response to the recent revelations about its relationship with Twitter, for example, the FBI said that it is “unfortunate that conspiracy theorists and others are feeding the American public misinformation [to] discredit the agency.”
If true, then the FBI should have nothing to fear from the Church-style investigation that House Republicans are contemplating.