Headline RoundupJuly 19th, 2022

House GOP Prepares Investigations Into Fauci, Hunter Biden and More

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House Republicans are preparing a series of investigations of Democrats and the Biden administration next year, multiple outlets have reported. 

Republicans are widely projected to win a majority in the House this November. While President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats would likely block much of their legislative agenda, House Republicans are considering investigations into NIAID director Anthony Fauci, the House Jan. 6 committee, Hunter Biden’s business dealings, the Afghanistan withdrawal, inflation, U.S.-Mexico border security, Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary “2000 Mules,” the Elon Musk-Twitter deal, and more.

Reporting generally framed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) as leaders of the planning efforts. “We’re going to spend a lot of time in the first three, four months having investigation hearings,” Comer said. Jordan previously pledged in June to investigate whether Fauci undercut the COVID-19 lab leak theory. On July 12, The Daily Caller (Right bias) reported that Republicans were holding special training sessions to prepare staffers for the investigations. 

While much of Tuesday’s coverage was driven by a Politico (Lean Left bias) analysis, many outlets, especially on the right, reported on GOP preparations in recent weeks. While much of the coverage was balanced, some coverage from the left framed the potential investigations as “plots”; a CNN (Left bias) headline said Republicans were “plotting investigative revenge” on the Jan. 6 committee.

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