House Republicans have apparently failed to heed the message voters sent them in the 2022 midterm elections, according to new House Minority Leader-elect Hakeem Jeffries.
They “have not learned any lessons from their historic underperformance” if they follow through on “revenge hearing” that they’ve placed at the top of their agenda, Jeffries said Tuesday (Dec. 20) on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Instead of their anticipated “red wave,” the GOP underperformed, winning a slight majority in the House. Voters largely rejected their pro-Trump rhetoric, including the lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from former President Donald Trump. Still, they’re poised to control the House for the next two years.
Instead of listening to voters, House Republicans placed “revenge hearings” against President Joe Biden and his administration at the top of their agenda. It’s apparently payback for probes of Trump.
The Democratic-led House Jan. 6 Committee has investigated Trump’s role in inciting his supporters to attack the Capitol to stop the peaceful transition of power to Biden and issued a criminal referrals Monday (Dec. 19) against Trump and others.
On the show, MSNBC political commentator Mike Barnicle said two top House Republicans ignored Jan. 6 committee subpoenas to testify: Reps. Kevin McCarthy and Jim Jordan. McCarthy is poised to become House Speaker and Jordan chair of the powerful Judiciary Committee in January.
“What happens to the power of the subpoena in people’s minds based on their behavior?” Barnacle asked Jeffries.
“The fact that my Republican colleagues are contemplating revenge hearings tells you a lot,” Jeffries, a New York Democrat, responded.
“Instead of being focused on trying to address the problems of the American people — the economy, inflation, dealing with affordability throughout America, issues that we’ve been tackling as House Democrats as we fight for lower costs, better-paying jobs, safer communities — tells you that my Republican colleagues perhaps have not learned any lesson from their historic underperformance in the most recent midterm elections,” Jeffries continued.
During his MSNBC interview, Jeffries questioned the integrity of the coming avalanche of investigations.
“In terms of the integrity of their investigations moving forward, that remains to be seen as it relates to the subpoenas and their non-compliance in terms of what the January 6th committee has indicated,” he said.
In November, NBC News reported that GOP Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, plans to investigate Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the president, who was a leader in the government’s Covid-19 response and who was despised by many far-right conservatives.
Jordan is expected to call Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray for hearings, likely for their decision to investigate the government seizure of top secret documents that Trump took to his private Mar-a-Lago residence after leaving office.
Also on their agenda is a probe targeting Biden and his family’s business dealings, CNN reported.
“In the 118th Congress, this committee will evaluate the status of Joe Biden’s relationship with his family’s foreign partners and whether he is a President who is compromised or swayed by foreign dollars and influence,” Comer stated, according to CNN.
The White House has called these probes politically motivated.
“President Biden is not going to let these political attacks distract him from focusing on Americans’ priorities, and we hope congressional Republicans will join us in tackling them instead of wasting time and resources on political revenge,” White House spokesman Ian Sams told CNN.
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