Trump’s federal indictment will loom large as Congress returns to session

House Republicans return to session on Monday with a renewed focus on discrediting the inquiry that led to former President Trump’s historic indictment on 37 counts.

Driving the news: Speaker Kevin McCarthy plans to have House Republicans investigate the inquiry into Trump, alleging that President Biden’s “weaponization of the federal government” goes against the belief in equal justice under the law.
* House panels, led by Reps. Jim Jordan and James Comer, will be responsible for the response to the Trump case.

The big picture: Trump’s indictment may help McCarthy call a truce with members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, who are also ardent Trump supporters.
* The indictment could lead to increased pressure on Trump’s congressional allies to ramp up their work.

In the Senate: Top Republicans, such as Mitch McConnell and John Thune, have yet to publicly address Trump’s federal charges, while the tone from more moderate Senate Republicans has been more muted.
* Some Senate Republicans, including Sens. John Barrasso, Marsha Blackburn, Ron Johnson, and Josh Hawley, argue that President Biden should face similar scrutiny for classified documents found in his home.

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