U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) warned members of the administration security state that they will soon be investigated at a deeper level, and thus are “on notice.”
Bishop’s statement comes in wake of an agreement by the new Republican-led House of Representatives to establish a “Church Commission-style” committee to probe into the weaponization of U.S. federal law enforcement against American citizens.
The church commission was a 1975 Senate Select Committee that investigated violations by the CIA, FBI, NSA, and IRS, per National File.
The North Carolina Republican worked with a few other members who refused to consider voting Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for the position of House Speaker until such a commission was created, along with a promise that a “motion to vacate the chair” would be brought back, empowering Republicans to give McCarthy the boot should he not deliver.
The rules package was reportedly okayed Monday by every single Republican Congressman bar one, while Republicans approved the creation of the committee Tuesday.
A letter calling for a “Church Commision-style” Congressional committee to look into the weaponization of federal law enforcement agencies against Americans was written in December by Rep. Bishop, along with Reps. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Andrew Clyde (R-GA), Chip Roy (R-TX), and Scott Perry (R-PA), as well as recently elected U.S. Reps. Eli Crane (R-AZ) and Andy Ogles (R-TN).
The letter said the House must “create one centralized, empowered investigation and action committee to frame and carry out the fight against weaponized government in coordination with other critical standing committees (e.g., the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees), one that is fully engaged in the critical work of regular, detailed oversight and empowered with subpoena authority.”
“The Deep State is on notice,” Rep. Bishop wrote in an online post-Tuesday, before adding that “any bureaucrat who violates Americans’ Constitutional rights” would be held to account.
🚨 The Deep State is on notice.
To any bureaucrat who violates Americans' Constitutional rights – we're coming for you, on behalf of the American people. pic.twitter.com/fZA2qK1klz
— Rep. Dan Bishop (@RepDanBishop) January 10, 2023
“With great power comes great responsibility. We entrust our department of justice, FBI, and intelligence community with great power to keep us safe. And yet, as long as these organizations have existed, they’ve violated Americans’ civil rights. Everyday Americans,” Bishop said Tuesday.
“The security state believes itself to be above the constitution and the laws passed by Congress. Or perhaps the belief is only tacit, it is aware only of power. Not authority, power,” continued the North Carolina representative.
He then brought up numerous instances of the FBI spying on numerous well-known celebrities, including Muhammad Ali, Frank Sinatra, and John Lennon. The FBI justified such measures by labeling its targets “national security threats.”
Bishop contended that many examples of the FBI engaging in data collection, investigations, and surveillance of politicians and journalists have proven to be both “illegal” and “un-American.”
“Mr. Speaker, today we’re putting the deep state on notice; we’re coming for you, on behalf of everyday Americans,” concluded Bishop.