House Republicans are taking their fight with the FBI and Justice Department to a new level

Reps. James Comer (left), Jim Jordan (right) and Jason Smith requested transcribed interviews with DOJ, FBI and IRS officials involved in the Hunter Biden investigation. | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still

Important Takeaways:

  • Republicans are escalating a multi-pronged fight against their two biggest political boogeymen. It goes far beyond just trying to impeach Attorney General Merrick Garland.
  • The House GOP is ready for a confrontation after a spate of recent decisions it sees as either anti-Trump or pro-Biden.
  • At the top of the list: Hunter Biden’s plea deal with federal investigators and Donald Trump’s indictment over his handling of classified documents.
  • Conservatives have also gone after FBI Director Christopher Wray, weighing whether to force a vote recommend booting him from office.
  • The GOP’s outward frustrations with FBI and DOJ — and the conference’s internal angst about punishing them — will come into sharp relief heading into a series of high-profile hearings starting in July.
  • The biggest proving ground for conservatives’ long-running pledge to rein in law enforcement will be the House GOP spending bill that includes the DOJ budget and the bulk of FBI-related funding. Republicans have discussed multiple ideas for that bill, including salary cuts for FBI and DOJ leaders and tying agency funding to responses when Congress makes oversight requests.

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