Victorious House Republicans describe plans to investigate Biden

Hours after they were projected to retake the majority on Wednesday, House Republicans were discussing plans to investigate President Joe Biden and people around him.

On Fox News, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who is expected to be the next House Speaker, tossed out a range of possible investigations, from Biden's withdrawal in Afghanistan to immigrants entering at the border. Minutes later, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and James Comer (R-Ky.) discussed plans to investigate politicization in federal law enforcement and Hunter Biden's business affairs.

"We are going to make it very clear that this is now an investigation of President Biden," Comer said, referring to a planned Republican press conference Thursday about the president and his son's business dealings.

House Republican members have threatened to investigate Biden and elements of his administration since early in his presidency. But only starting in January, following their projected retaking of the House majority on Wednesday, will they have the ability to set the agenda for the House and its committees.

Asked about potential Republican investigations, McCarthy made reference to the origins of the Covid-19 virus; the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan; Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas' job performance; and whether there could be terrorists coming across the border.

"What do they have planned? Who are they talking to, and why are they here? That is just the start," McCarthy said of possible investigations on undocumented immigrants.

Republicans will have a slender House majority. If McCarthy becomes Speaker — as his conference nominated himto be this week — his vote margins for executing plans will be slimmer than many observers had predicted prior to the midterm elections.

"We have to work as a team, or we'll lose as individuals," McCarthy told host Sean Hannity. "And I believe this conference will rally together."

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Liz Cheney: ‘Bond’ with Republicans who voted to impeach ‘forever’

Rep. Liz Cheney, who has become the face of her party's opposition to former President Donald Trump, said Sunday she shares a "bond" with her House Republican colleagues who also voted to impeach the last president.

"The fact that we all made the decision we did and have faced the consequences for that decision will be a bond, I would imagine, forever," Cheney said on ABC's "This Week."

The Wyoming Republican lost to Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hageman in her House primary Tuesday by more than 30 percentage points. She has since aimed to frame the loss as a new beginning in her efforts to oppose Trump.

Cheney received calls from “some” Republicans after her defeat, as well as President Joe Biden, she said.

Cheney said she had "a very good talk," with Biden, "a talk about the importance of putting the country ahead of partisanship."

Among the Republican callers? All of her colleagues who voted to impeach Trump, Cheney said.

Of those House Republicans, four lost primaries, two won their primaries, and four decided to leave Congress.

Along with Cheney, GOP Reps. Peter Meijer (Mich.), Jaime Herrera-Beutler (Wash.) and Tom Rice (S.C.) lost their primaries. Reps. Dan Newhouse (Wash.) and David Valadao (Calif.) survived their first round of the election.

Reps. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), Fred Upton (Mich.) and John Katko (N.Y.) opted not to run for reelection. Kinzinger has served with Cheney on the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

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