New House Judiciary Subcommittee on Weaponization of Federal Government Holds First Hearing   

( – House Republicans held the first subcommittee on Weaponization of the Federal Government held its first hearing on February 9, to begin inquiries into the “weaponization” of government.

The Weaponization of the Federal Government subcommittee investigates claims of biases in the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other federal agencies are “biased against conservatives,” NPR News reported. Republicans have listed a series of concerns about biases and discrimination from federal officials on a partisan basis.

The subcommittee falls under the House Judiciary Committee and has “subpoena power” NBC reported. The subcommittee was approved by the House GOP in January, The Hill reported. Rep. Jim Jordan, who is the current chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said that the express purpose of forming the subcommittee is to support the First Amendment rights of conservative Americans.

Jordan said that the subcommittee had no intention of “going after anyone” but that they wanted the discrimination “to stop.”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R. Ohio) started the meeting of the House Weaponization of Government subcommittee by asking Rep. Matt Gaetz (R. Florida) to lead the subcommittee members in the pledge of allegiance. Then, members heard testimony from the first panel of witnesses, NBC reported. Committee members include Senators Chuck Grassley (R. Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R. Wisconsin) as well as former Democratic Party member Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.

Only one Democratic Party member was invited to speak at the House Weaponisation of Government subcommittee. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D. Maryland), the manager in the second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump, was also on the House committee to investigate the January 6 events at the Capitol.

The White House responded critically to the hearing, saying that House Republicans were using “Cold War” era “McCarthyism”, referring to the tactics of Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s to find suspected communists, Bloomberg reported.

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