Saturday, January 7, 2023

And Here's Where the Bodies Are Buried

From Kyle Cheney at Politico:

A proposed subcommittee to investigate “weaponization” of the federal government — a key demand of House conservatives who delivered Speaker Kevin McCarthy the gavel — would be given sweeping investigatory powers that include explicit authority to review “ongoing criminal investigations.”

The language of the proposed “select subcommittee,” which would operate under the Judiciary Committee expected to be chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), also gives the panel power to access any information shared with the House Intelligence Committee. That panel typically receives the highest-level classified intelligence and briefings of any committee in Congress.

That's that "Church Committee". This is how they plan to stop Special Counsel Jack Smith from investigating Perry, Biggs, Gosar, Gaetz, Boebert, and of course Jordan himself. The document, Cheney writes, was last modified at 5:40 PM yesterday.

Emptywheel noticed the significance right away, and MSNBC legal expert Barb McQuade notes that the provisions could not pass constitutional muster in a normal world.

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