The new House select subcommittee’s first hearing on Thursday was followed by a furious and partisan statement from Ian Sams, President Joe Biden’s special assistant, calling for the removal of the political weaponization of the federal government against their political opponents.
“The first hearing of the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government will set the stage for Republicans In the house to unearth and expose any political bias within the federal government, which is frequently directed towards those who are against the establishment,” House GOP conference chair representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) said.
The meeting will feature former FBI agents as well as Republican and Democratic senators worried about the federal government’s use of political weaponization against the American people. Stefanik said that among the violations were the Mari-a-Largo raid, spying on former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, and the indictment of an FBI agent who worked on Bob Mueller’s special counsel.
However, the White House seemed to be upset that a House select subcommittee would hold hearings on government weaponization. Sams, Biden’s special assistant, attacked the panel in a letter posted Thursday morning, just hours before the meeting, calling it an “Un-American political farce that is solely a priority for MAGA Republicans.”
“Today, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan launches the Fox News revival of the House Un-American Activities Committee with a political spectacle that weaponizes Congress to carry out the agendas of hardline MAGA Republicans in Congress,” the letter stated.
Sams also referred to the Republicans on the committee as extremist, while insisting that they become bipartisan.
“Rather than taking a deep breath and electing to work with the President and Democrats in Congress, some radical MAGA Republicans in Congress are choosing to plunge down the rabbit hole of disproved conspiracy theories about a ‘deep state,'” he added.
After demanding that “extremist” Republicans become bipartisan, Sams began a partisan attack, asking that Republicans probe the Trump administration for political bias.
“If these hardline MAGA Republicans in the House want to utilize this committee to investigate the ‘weaponization’ of government, they could begin by looking at many of the previous administration’s acts,” the letter stated.
The select subcommittee is chaired by Jim Jordan (R-OH) of the Judiciary Committee and has 21 members: 12 Republicans and nine Dems. Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Dan Bishop (R-NC), Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Dan Goldman are among the Republicans on the panel (D-NY).