10 things you need to know today: January 11, 2023

House Republicans form panel to investigate 'weaponization' of government, Biden 'surprised' to learn of classified files at his former office, and more

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1. House Republicans approve inquiry of 'weaponization' of government

House Republicans on Tuesday pushed through a plan for a new House subcommittee to investigate what GOP lawmakers called the "weaponization" of federal agencies. House Judiciary Committee Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said the Justice Department, especially the FBI, has "ridiculed conservative Americans." The subcommittee, part of Jordan's committee, will have access to sensitive intelligence and the power to oversee criminal investigations as the Justice Department continues to examine former President Donald Trump's effort to reverse his 2020 election loss. Rep. Daniel Goldman (D-N.Y.) said "the primary purpose of this special subcommittee is to interfere with the special counsel's ongoing investigation into a conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election. This is a shocking abuse of power."

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