“I call it the McCarthy committee, and I don’t mean Kevin. I’m talking about Joe,” said Rep. Jim McGovern.
A divided House of Representatives voted Tuesday to launch a far-reaching investigation into federal homeland security agencies and law enforcement, in what some fear could be the start of a new McCarthyism in America, with McCarthy’s name being referred to. not to Kevin, the new president of the legislative body, but to the ill-fated Joe.
During their election campaign, Republicans vowed to use their newfound power in Congress to scrutinize what they said was a concerted effort by the government to silence and punish conservatives at every level, from protesters at school board meetings to former President Donald J. Trump.
In a 221-211 party-line vote, opposed by all Democrats, the House approved the formation of a subcommittee on using government as a weapon, to be chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who he will also be the new chairman of the powerful judicial committee and that he is a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump, reports The New York Times.
Jordan was deeply involved in Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, and has been investigating for months what he says is a use of federal law against conservatives. Now that Republicans have a majority in the House, Rep. Jordan plans to use his gavel and subpoena power to elevate and expand that investigation, including seeking evidence that federal officials have become politicized and demanding documents on criminal investigations in course.
The process—some might consider persecution—is already underway. A deeply divided legislative chamber voted Tuesday to launch a wide-ranging investigation into federal homeland security agencies and law enforcement, as Republicans vowed to use their newfound power in Congress to examine what they said was a concerted government effort to silence and punish conservatives at every level, from protesters at school board meetings to former President Trump.
For Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) the new subcommittee reminds him of the notorious House Committee on Un-American Activities, which demonized Americans suspected of communist sympathies.
“I call it the McCarthy committee, and I don’t mean Kevin. I’m talking about Joe,” McGovern said, adding: “This [sub]committee is nothing more than a deranged ploy by MAGA extremists who have hijacked the Republican Party and now want to use taxpayer money to further their senseless far-right conspiracy.”
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) echoed that sentiment, arguing that the subcommittee’s goal was to “allow House Republicans to interfere with the free running of businesses they don’t like, inhibit the fight against national terrorism, solve political problems and carry out transfers of accounts in the name of Donald Trump”.
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