WASHINGTON — The new House subcommittee dedicated to investigating the so-called weaponization of the federal government will hold its first hearing Thursday.

The noon event will feature testimony from Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, as well as former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who left the Democratic Party to become an independent and appears frequently on Fox News.

Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, who served as manager in the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump and on the House committee that investigated the Jan. 6 attack, is the only Democratic member invited to speak as a witness Thursday. .

The Federal Government Select Subcommittee on Weapons, chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, was created by the new House Republican majority to investigate alleged federal government discrimination against conservatives. The panel is part of the House Judiciary Committee, also chaired by Jordan, and has subpoena power.

The subcommittee is formally commissioned with investigating how the executive branch collects information and investigates US citizens «including ongoing criminal investigations.» Republicans say they will investigate how the Justice Department, FBI and other law enforcement agencies have investigated conservatives, including former President Donald Trump. The panel is likely to take a look at the FBI’s search of his Mar-a-Lago home in August.

In addition to Jordan, the 21-member panel includes some high-profile Republican critics of President Joe Biden’s administration, including Reps. Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Elise Stefanik of New York and Matt Gaetz of Florida, who was quietly added to the committee last last week. .

Democrats appointed nine members to the panel, including the committee’s vice chair, Del. Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands, who also served as Trump’s impeachment manager.

The committee will hear from a second panel of witnesses on Thursday, including two former FBI agents, tomas baker and nicole parker, who have been critical of the office in recent years; George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, a Fox News contributor who also criticized the FBI and alleged censorship in social networks of conservatives; and Elliot Williams, a CNN legal analyst and former Justice Department assistant attorney general during the Obama administration.

The subcommittee must submit a final report to the House on its findings by January 2, 2025.