The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to approve the creation of a subcommittee to probe the political “weaponization” of the federal government.
In a 221-211 vote, the chamber voted on party lines to establish the panel, which Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan will likely chair.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy committed to creating the panel as part of several key concessions he made to House conservatives to win over their support to take the chamber’s top job.
The committee will have extensive powers, including the ability to view sensitive information to which the House Intelligence Committee is privy as well as to review ongoing investigations. The latter point will theoretically allow lawmakers to oversee the Department of Justice’s handling of its ongoing investigations involving former President Donald Trump.