Hot seat for Biden, Fauci, Mayorkas: House gears up for high-profile week after holidays

A reconvened House of Representatives included high-profile figures in the hot seat as Hunter Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have all been scheduled for scrutiny.

Slated to kick off Tuesday, the second session of the 118th Congress is beginning the presidential election year with a bang as key figures representing the failure of President Joe Biden’s administration came under the microscope.

Even before gaveling in, the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic was scheduled to meet with the leading proponent of The Science™ for two days behind closed doors.

Previewing the sit-down with the former Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) with the assertion that “Dr. Fauci’s honest & forthcoming testimony is critical for improving America’s future public health responses,” the committee shared a snippet of an interview between chair Ohio Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R) and investigative journalist David Zweig.

Therein, the congressman made clear, “What I’m attacking is the lack of debate that we are having — scientific debate. Why are we not having it? Why is someone a crackpot because they have a scientific opinion?”

Following the two days behind closed doors, Wednesday, the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability was slated to “consider a resolution and accompanying report to hold [Hunter Biden] in contempt of Congress for violating federal law. @JudiciaryGOP will also hold a markup.”

The resolution under consideration came as a direct result of Biden defying two subpoenas and opting instead to stage a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol in December with the help of California Rep. Eric Swalwell (D) where he leaned into victimhood status.

“I’m here today to acknowledge that I’ve made mistakes in my life, but I’m also here today to correct how the MAGA Right has portrayed me for their political purposes,” Biden had said before later charging, “For six years I have been a target of the unrelenting Trump attack team. ‘Where’s Hunter?’ Well, here’s my answer. I am here.”

That same day, the House Committee on Homeland Security slated a hearing called “Havoc in the Heartland: How Secretary Mayorkas’ Failed Leadership Has Impacted the States,” expected to consider a resolution on the impeachment of Mayorkas related to the egregious failures at the southern border.

In a statement on the secretary’s failings, committee chair Tennessee Rep. Mark Green (R) had said, “Our investigation made clear that this crisis finds its foundation in Secretary Mayorkas’ decision-making and refusal to enforce the laws passed by Congress, and that his failure to fulfill his oath of office demands accountability.”

“The bipartisan House vote in November to refer articles of impeachment to my committee only served to highlight the importance of our taking up the impeachment process — which is what we will begin doing next Wednesday,” he added.

All of this comes as Senate Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) had reportedly reached a deal on the federal budget as yet another government shutdown loomed and further negotiations were expected.

Kevin Haggerty


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