House Republicans suggest investigation into FBI in vein of 1970s Church Committee

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who is hoping to become the next speaker of the House in the new Republican majority, leaves the chamber after railing against the massive $1.7 trillion spending bill that finances federal agencies and provides aid to Ukraine, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) J. Scott Applewhite/AP

House Republicans suggest investigation into FBI in vein of 1970s Church Committee

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House Republicans are suggesting a top-to-bottom investigation of the FBI ahead of the party retaking the lower chamber of Congress in January.

The move comes amid growing accusations against the agency, specifically of being politicized and corrupt. Incoming House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) is the most recent prominent GOP lawmaker to back the idea of investigating the agency in the same style as the Church Committee in the Senate, which exposed abuses by both the FBI and CIA in the 1970s, according to Just the News.

“We’ve been looking at a Church-style committee to look at this,” Jordan told the outlet on Wednesday night.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has also expressed interest in a similar inquiry, with the intent of it being not only to expose the FBI, but also to impose reforms on the agency.

“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,” McCarthy told Fox News on Monday.

The interest in a Church Committee-style investigation into the FBI has grown after Twitter released internal documents relating to censorship decisions at the social media platform, including possible censorship of news relating to President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, ahead of the 2020 election. On Tuesday, Twitter owner Elon Musk wrote, “Hear, hear,” in retweeting a statement that called for a Church Committee to investigate the FBI.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1605247858030317568?s=20&t=tpMTzq0WHRlVTL93hYXkQg

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In response to the recent “Twitter Files” that Musk has released through several journalists since the start of December, the FBI released a statement on Wednesday, saying it is “unfortunate that conspiracy theorists and others are feeding the American public misinformation” with the intent to “discredit the agency.”

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