According to new information, Democrats in the House are now preparing to end the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subcommittee on terrorism, instead creating a new panel which will be focused on investigating President Trump.
The idea was first discussed by New York Democrat Eliot Engel, now the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who recently confirmed Democrats would continue with the plan, after having taken control of the House in January.
The move drew backlash from Republicans, including Rep. Mark Meadows, who slammed Democrats for what he said was a “disturbing, myopic focus on targeting the President, rather than solutions to help American families.”
Meadows additionally opined that “The government is shut down, our border remains vulnerable, and instead of negotiating, Democrats want to establish another committee to investigate President Trump.”
From Fox News:
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel is planning to dissolve the panel’s terrorism subcommittee and instead create a panel to focus on investigating matters related to President Trump — a move prompting criticism from Republicans.
Engel, a New York Democrat who just took over as committee chairman, first floated the idea in December, eyeing an investigative subcommittee to replace the terrorism panel that was launched after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He has since confirmed the plans in an interview with The New Yorker.
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., also a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, blasted the proposal.
“The government is shut down, our border remains vulnerable, and instead of negotiating, Democrats want to establish another committee to investigate President Trump,” Meadows said in a statement to Fox News on Friday. “We’re barely a week into the Democrat majority and already we’re seeing a disturbing, myopic focus on targeting the President rather than solutions to help American families.”
He added: “It seems the President keeps his focus on defeating ISIS while Democrats keep their focus on defeating Donald Trump.”
Fellow New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, a Republican who also serves on the committee, called the decision “very disappointing.”