GOP Announces Its List Of Investigations
So far, what Republicans want to do with their newly-acquired congressional power is repeal health are reform and investigate the White House. Is this what the American people elected them to do? Incoming House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa announced six major investigations for the first three months of the year.
Issa, who will have power to subpoena government officials to appear before the committee, said he intended to conduct inquiries into the release of classified diplomatic cables by Wikileaks; recalls at the Food and Drug Administration; the role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the foreclosure crisis; the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission’s failure to identify the origins of the meltdown; as well as business regulations and alleged corruption in Afghanistan.
And Issa isn’t the only Republican calling for investigations.
Other incoming Republican committee chairmen are planning investigations into the Justice Department’s civil rights division, the radicalization of Muslims in the United States, homeland security grant money and air cargo and port and chemical plant security.
Congressman Peter King already announced his plans to investigate Muslims to see how radical they are and if they are properly cooperating with authorities.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), who is taking over the House Judiciary Committee, is planning investigations of the Justice Department, including allegations that the civil rights division is not fairly enforcing voter rights laws, according to a senior aide.
The ranking Democrat in Issa’s committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, is skeptical of Issa’s agenda, suggesting it could be more of a witch hunt, especially after Issa already proclaimed the president is “one of the most corrupt” we’ve had.
“Corruption basically says people are criminals, and I think that’s a pretty strong statement having not one scintilla of evidence, having not heard one hearing or had one testimony,” Cummings said in an interview. “I think that if we have concerns, then what we should do is in a bipartisan way bring witnesses before our committee, depose them and hear what they have to say, and then draw conclusions.”Click here for reuse options!
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