Republicans Plan Aggressive Biden Probes If GOP Wins House


House Republicans have begun mapping aggressive probes of the Biden administration if they win back the majority — including inquiries into the origins of COVID, a leak of IRS data about billionaires, and accusations the NSA spied on Tucker Carlson. 

Why it matters: The plans, obtained exclusively by Axios, show House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy would make muscular use of majority powers for the last two years of President Biden’s term if, as expected, the GOP wins the majority in next year’s midterms.

  • McCarthy plans to send a spate of “preservation notices” to departments throughout Biden’s Cabinet, ordering them to retain documents that might be needed for future GOP oversight hearings.

Between the lines: Republicans want to deflect attention from the 1/6 commission, a real-time probe of real violence, death and looting in the Capitol.

  • As a prelude, House Republicans in August sent Biden a request to “preserve all records related to your Administration’s withdrawal … from Afghanistan.”

Investigations planned by House Republicans — in parallel with their legislative agenda — show they hope to use congressional power to stoke culture wars for 2024:

  • IRS: Leak of a “vast cache of IRS information” about billionaires to ProPublica.

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