House Approves Subcommittee On ‘Weaponization’ Of Government

Republican Representative from Ohio Jim Jordan questions Special Advisor for Europe and Russia in the office of US Vice President Mike Pence, Jennifer Williams and Director for European Affairs of the National Security Council, US Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence public hearing on the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington,DC on November 19, 2019. - President Donald Trump faces more potentially damning testimony in the Ukraine scandal as a critical week of public impeachment hearings opens Tuesday in the House of Representatives. (Photo by SHAWN THEW / POOL / AFP) (Photo by SHAWN THEW/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • 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.

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