Rep. Jim Banks on Politicization of DOJ: Bidens, Prime Dems Play by ‘Totally different Set of Guidelines’

Categorized paperwork from Joe Biden’s time as vp have been discovered Nov. 2, six days earlier than the midterm elections, in Biden’s non-public workplace on the Penn Biden Middle in Washington. The Biden administration didn’t announce the invention, which was reported first Monday by CBS Information.

Biden commented briefly Tuesday, saying he was “stunned to be taught that there have been any authorities data that have been taken there to that workplace.”

Legal professional Common Merrick Garland appointed a Trump-appointed U.S. legal professional to research what occurred.

“It could be humorous if it weren’t so critical, proper?” Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., asks throughout an interview on “The Day by day Sign Podcast,” including:

What the Biden administration mentioned about Donald Trump and the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago, and the categorised paperwork [stored there] that they gained’t truly inform us what they actually have been, after which the identical factor occurs to Joe Biden, his vice presidential data going to the Biden Middle, which, by the best way, was funded by over $60 million from the Chinese language Communist Occasion.

On the podcast, Banks provides:

There are two units of guidelines in America as we speak: one for anybody named Biden, Obama, or Clinton, after which a distinct algorithm for the remainder of us.

And so, due to that two units of guidelines and the dearth of impartiality by the Biden administration, their DOJ, that’s what we must be investigating.

Banks additionally discusses the four-day battle over selecting a speaker of the Home, what he hopes Republicans will give attention to within the 118th Congress, and whether or not he’ll spearhead any investigations.

Take heed to the podcast beneath or learn the frivolously edited transcript:

Samantha Aschieris: Becoming a member of the podcast as we speak is Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana’s third Congressional District. Congressman, thanks a lot for becoming a member of us.

Rep. Jim Banks: Nice to be right here. All the time get pleasure from being right here and being part of the podcast.

Aschieris: Thanks a lot. Now, the brand new Congress is formally underway, but it surely did take slightly bit to get right here. As you and our listeners know, it took 15 rounds to elect Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Within the first spherical of voting, you truly acquired some help. You truly bought a vote from Rep. Josh Brecheen of Oklahoma. So in the beginning, do you know that he was going to vote for you? What was your response once you heard that?

Banks: Effectively, I regarded round for my mother. I believed possibly my mother voted for me for speaker. However no, it wasn’t my mother. It was Rep. Brecheen from Oklahoma. I owe him an ideal deal. What an honor to be somebody’s option to be speaker of the Home. I didn’t ask for a recount. It was just one vote, an extended methods to get to 218 from that vote.

However final week was a tumultuous, lengthy week. All kidding apart, I believe the result of it was wholesome for our social gathering, for our convention. The foundations that have been negotiated from the start to the top of the week solely empowers rank-and-file members extra to be voices for his or her district.

And I consider there’s been plenty of discuss it weakening the speaker, Kevin McCarthy. I truly suppose it strengthens him, will make him a powerful speaker, as a result of he acknowledges that his energy doesn’t come from the gavel in his hand, it comes from the members of his social gathering who elected him to the place.

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So the result was good. I like plenty of the rule, most of the guidelines that have been in place even earlier than the speaker votes began, that we’ll have 72 hours to learn a invoice earlier than we’ve to vote on it. [Former House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi was infamous for placing a invoice, dropping a invoice at 3 within the morning, after which we’d need to vote on it just a few hours later, huge ominous payments that no one may learn. That’s one instance of a rule change that I believe issues.

Extra alternatives to file amendments that get debated and voted on the ground. One in all my largest complaints over the past six years of being in Congress is how hardly ever we’ve a chance to push for an modification vote on huge payments, and that’s going to vary this Congress, too.

The movement to vacate, that was an enormous a part of the talk all the best way as much as the top, and that’s vital. However I believe plenty of the opposite guidelines modifications are much more vital, that empowers members and can enable for us to push the conservative agenda that we promised on the marketing campaign path.

Aschieris: And simply to dive slightly bit deeper, clearly, the speaker race, we noticed plenty of headlines that it was chaotic, that Speaker McCarthy could be weakened, so on. And now that that’s settled and with Republicans within the Home majority, what are you hoping to see the social gathering give attention to?

Banks: Yeah. If I’m ever informed I’ve one week to reside, I wish to return and undergo the 15 rounds of voting for the speaker. It appeared just like the longest week of my life. However now we’re past that and Republicans are united. We’re centered. We handed the foundations bundle with just one Republican not voting for it.

Final night time we handed a invoice to create a choose committee on China, the primary time in congressional historical past {that a} majority has mentioned that China is America’s largest menace to our American lifestyle and we’re going to do one thing about it. And each Republican voted for it.

We additionally shaped a choose committee on the weaponization of presidency and going after the politicization of the FBI, the Division of Justice, a church-style committee that I believe shall be essential and part of the legacy of this majority.

So these are issues that we’ve already turned the web page from the speaker’s race to the true work, rolling up our sleeves, getting the committee arrange and shifting ahead.

We now have so much to do. We now have to do every thing we are able to to make America energy-independent once more, and that’s going to be an enormous focus of the bulk; securing our border and forcing this administration to do what they haven’t finished, which is to handle the border disaster and the fentanyl disaster in America. These are the large points that the Individuals gave us, the bulk, to give attention to and now we’re centered.

Aschieris: And in addition, I needed to ask, when it comes to investigations, are you planning to spearhead any investigations?

Banks: Effectively, I serve on the Armed Companies Committee and I intend to be on the tip of the spear of preventing again towards woke-ism in our navy.

The vaccine mandates, sure, they have been lifted, however we had 1000’s of our troops who have been affected by it. Troops that have been separated from the navy. They’re owed a chance to be given a pathway to put on the uniform once more, to serve and shield our nation. After which ridding anti-Americanism, essential race idea, woke-ism for being pushed on our troops.

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So you’ll be able to rely on me to be main that battle on the Home Armed Companies Committee in an enormous manner.

I serve on the schooling committee as nicely, so CRT, anti-Americanism being pushed on our youngsters in our faculties is one thing that I hope we largely examine—how the Biden administration didn’t simply enable it to occur, however pushed for that to occur in the US of America—in order that we are able to cease that from taking place once more.

There shall be plenty of different—the investigations into what occurred in Afghanistan. I served in Afghanistan. I’m a veteran of the battle in Afghanistan. It makes me sick to my abdomen once I take into consideration that tragic day after we misplaced 13 of our heroes due to the stupidity and the wokeness of this administration and the dangerous selections that they made that led to the lethal withdrawal, the irresponsible selections that led to the lethal withdrawal of Afghanistan, the mess that we left behind.

Simply studying tales in the previous couple of weeks about how the Taliban is stopping girls from going to high school and the problems associated to the mess that we left there, that the place Afghanistan is worse off as we speak than it was in 2001 after we went in after 9/11.

So these are areas that we are going to examine, that we’ve to research, and keep tuned for extra on that within the coming days.

Aschieris: Yeah, I’m so glad you introduced up Afghanistan. That was truly considered one of my subsequent questions as a result of so vividly you’ll be able to bear in mind the pictures of individuals falling from the planes and, in fact, what has occurred within the final 12 months and a half for the reason that U.S. left Afghanistan.

I simply wish to shift matters slightly bit to one thing that we additionally heard about this week, the information that some categorised paperwork from when President [Joe] Biden was vp have been discovered on the Penn Biden Middle. Now CNN experiences that 10 categorised paperwork—together with U.S. intelligence memos and briefing supplies that cowl matters together with Ukraine, Iran, and the UK—have been discovered. The president did weigh in on this on Wednesday, and we’re going to go forward and play a few of his audio per ABC Information.

President Joe Biden: Folks know I take categorised paperwork and categorised info severely. When my attorneys have been clearing out my workplace on the College of Pennsylvania, they arrange an workplace for me, safe workplace within the Capitol, when the 4 years after being vp I used to be the professor at Penn. They discovered some paperwork in a field, in a locked cupboard or at the very least a closet. And as quickly as they did, they realized there have been a number of categorised paperwork in that field, they usually did what they need to have finished. They instantly referred to as the [National] Archives, instantly referred to as the Archives, turned them over to the Archives.

And I used to be briefed about this discovery and stunned to be taught that there have been any authorities data that have been taken there to that workplace. However I don’t know what’s within the paperwork. My attorneys haven’t prompt I ask what paperwork they have been. I’ve turned over the packing containers. They’ve turned over the packing containers to the Archives. And we’re cooperating totally, cooperating totally with the overview, which I hope shall be completed quickly, and there shall be extra element at the moment.

Aschieris: So Congressman, what are your ideas on the president’s feedback?

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Banks: It could be humorous if it weren’t so critical, proper? What the Biden administration mentioned about [former President] Donald Trump and the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago and the categorised paperwork that they gained’t truly inform us what they actually have been, after which the identical factor occurs to Joe Biden, his vice presidential data going to the Biden Middle, which, by the best way, was funded by over $60 million from the Chinese language Communist Occasion. In order that’s part of this that must be acknowledged, too.

And needless to say the president of the US has the authority to declassify categorised paperwork, not the vp. After which on prime of that, if this occurred, in the event that they discovered about this, found this six days earlier than the election, why weren’t the American folks notified of it after every thing that they mentioned, every thing Joe Biden mentioned about Donald Trump, calling for him to be investigated, calling him reckless and irresponsible due to the paperwork of Mar-a-Lago? And he did one thing that’s even worse.

And this simply goes to point out why I’m speaking in regards to the weaponization of the church-style committee, the weaponization of the federal authorities. There are two units of guidelines in America as we speak, one for anybody named Biden, Obama, or Clinton, after which a distinct algorithm for the remainder of us.

And so, due to that two units of guidelines and the dearth of impartiality by the Biden administration, their DOJ, that’s what we must be investigating. And I’m glad that Jamie Comer, the chairman of the Oversight Committee, has already began and launched that investigation, asking questions on these categorised paperwork on the Biden Middle, but in addition asking questions on why the unprecedented transfer, the very political transfer was made at Mar-a-Lago in raiding the house of a former president. It’s by no means occurred earlier than in American historical past, too.

Aschieris: Now, only one extra subject I wish to discuss. My colleague, Fred Lucas, truly reported on this earlier this week and I needed to dive slightly bit deeper into the story. Now, you and different Home Republicans are calling for a ban on Large Tech non-public funding of election organizations. Inform us slightly bit extra about this.

Banks: The “Zuckerbucks”—bear in mind within the 2020 election, Mark Zuckerberg giving non-public grants to election boards and authorities election or vote-counting facilities and election boards. And [Rep.] Claudia Tenney, by the best way, she began an election integrity caucus within the Congress, which I’m a proud member of, and in addition has written payments to ban Zuckerbucks or different non-public residents from giving cash and influencing the best way that elections are carried out or votes are counted or how election boards are constructed.

Now, they gave these grants kind of within the identify of COVID and pandemic and shopping for [personal protective equipment], however little or no of that cash truly went to that. And moreover, one thing like 94% of the precincts the place these grants have been funneled to have been closely Democrat precincts.

So clearly this was all a part of the Left’s and the Biden marketing campaign’s technique, utilizing Mark Zuckerberg and Large Tech firms to funnel cash into election precincts that have been closely Democrat to affect the 2020 election. We must be investigating that, however we must also be banning these practices and ensuring that by no means occurs once more.

Aschieris: Congressman, any ultimate ideas?

Banks: It’s nice to be right here. Joyful New Yr. We’re off to work within the 118th Congress and I’m enthusiastic about what we are able to accomplish.

Aschieris: Nice, thanks a lot.

Banks: Thanks.

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