Democrats are feeling the squeeze of several investigations launched by House Republicans, the Western Journal reported. Lawmakers, strategists, and lawyers have taken to meeting regularly in several rooms formerly used by the Secretary of War.
The team of nearly two dozen uses the suite of rooms in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to strategize and plan. It's fitting to meet in literal war rooms as Democrats face the myriad of Party missteps they'll now have to face head-on.
The probes began after Republicans retook the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections. As promised, they've launched investigations into the hasty and disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the COVID-19 pandemic, the weaponization of federal agencies, Hunter Biden's shady dealings, and more.
President Joe Biden's re-election campaign will depend on how well they navigate the onslaught. "If there are hints of corruption or scandal or impropriety, that will undermine the president's ability to stay in the good graces of the electorate," former Obama administration political adviser Eric Schultz said.
There are more than "hints" as several investigations are underway, Vox reported. Republicans are looking at several situations, including Biden's decision to remove troops from Afghanistan and the ensuing chaos from the botched operation.
After two decades of resources poured into the conflict, Biden turned the nation back to the Taliban. "America's adversaries have been emboldened, and the country has once again become a safe haven for terrorists," Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) said.
A select committee of Republican lawmakers will also examine the Biden administration's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. From mask and vaccine mandates to lockdowns, Democrats will have to answer for the response.
Moreover, emerging reports now acknowledge that the pandemic was likely leaked from a Chinese virology lab. The administration downplayed this fact for years, dismissing the claim as a conspiracy theory.
Another likely topic of discussion in the war room will be the panel investigation into the "weaponization of the federal government." Republicans are increasingly concerned about the FBI and the Justice Department using their power against politicians like former President Donald Trump.
Their suspicions seem well founded, considering the way the government handled mislaid classified documents at Trump's home versus Biden's. Trump's residence was raided and his home searched while Biden's misstep was treated as a mere procedural error.
"This special subcommittee is going to deal with issues that date back before this administration but have been clearly recognized," panel member Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said. However, the most personal and perhaps the most damning investigation could come for the president's son, Hunter Biden.
A laptop Hunter Biden abandoned at a Delaware repair shop is a veritable treasure trove of incriminating evidence. From his illegal habits to his shady business dealings, Republicans have several avenues of possible crimes and misdeeds to explore.
It isn't just what Hunter Biden has done, however. Part of the scandal involves the way his father, Joe Biden, figures into the schemes, including alleged influence peddling and allusions to kickbacks for him, Fox News reported.
Republicans may benefit politically, but more importantly, they will be administering long-overdue justice. The next two years are going to be a crucible for vulnerable Democrats, particularly Joe Biden.