(PartiallyPolitics.com) – House Republicans are exploring potential courses of action that Congress can take against the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI in response to the recent indictment of former President Donald Trump. Some House Republicans, who are rallying to support Trump in the Mar-a-Lago documents case, are now considering the use of congressional funding and oversight authority as a means to address their concerns.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has called for the defunding of the DOJ, specifically targeting the defunding of Special Counsel Jack Smith’s office, which is overseeing the two Trump investigations. Greene argued on the House floor that the federal government is being weaponized to target a political opponent, referring to Trump as the frontrunner in the GOP presidential primary. She emphasized the need to prevent the weaponization of the federal government.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has also criticized the DOJ for what he perceives as its “weaponization” and has not ruled out the possibility of issuing a subpoena to compel Smith’s testimony regarding the alleged misuse of federal law by his office. Jordan informed reporters that all options are still being considered.
However, there is currently no consensus among House Republicans on whether funding and oversight should be employed as a retaliatory measure in response to the ongoing Mar-a-Lago documents case.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) stated that he has not received any requests from the House Republican Conference to defund the FBI. McCarthy even expressed support for discontinuing funding for the construction of a new FBI building headquarters in the outskirts of Washington, D.C. He acknowledged the FBI’s desire for a new facility but questioned whether it aligned with taxpayers’ expectations. McCarthy stressed the House’s oversight role and endorsed Jordan’s potential investigation into Smith.
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