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What Might Legitimate Investigations of the Executive Branch Look Like?

Everyone is standing by, waiting for the House of Representatives to devote all of its time from Jan. 3, 2023, to Nov. 5, 2024, to investigating Hunter Biden's laptop. If that's all the Republicans in the House do, it will give Democrats ammo to explain why they should be given control back in 2024.

The National Review regards itself as the last vestige of sanity on the right, and certainly its intellectual leader, even if nobody else notices it anymore. Nevertheless, it has presented a plan for what Republicans could investigate and not infuriate the most of the country in the process and generate a huge backlash. It is very unlikely to happen, but shows some areas where the Democrats are potentially vulnerable. Here are the main points they make:

One thing the House Republicans ought not forget is that they probably won't have the investigative field to themselves. If Raphael Warnock wins the Georgia runoff, the Democrats will have a clear majority of the Senate seats and thus a clear majority on every committee. Just as Republican chairs in the House can investigate anyone and everyone they want to, so can Democratic Senate chairs. If the Republicans go overboard on investigating Hunter Biden's laptop, some Democratic senators might be interested in why the Saudis gave Jared Kushner $2 billion to invest, when he knows nothing about investments. Is it possible that copies of some of the secret documents that Trump stole found their way to Saudi Arabia and out of sheer gratitude MBS gave young Jared $2 billion? Inquiring minds want to know. Donald Trump Jr. once said that the investments in Trump's projects were disproportionately from Russia. Some senators might want a bit more detail on this and perhaps the names of some of the Russians and whether the Trumps did due diligence here to catch money laundering. With the chambers split, two can play this game. (V)

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