Democrats know that they’re about to get wiped big time come the midterms, and they’re desperately searching for something that will turn the tide, whether it’s maximizing the leftist reaction to the leak from SCOTUS about the abortion case or trying to demonize Republicans over gun control. However, none of this has affected the fundamental trend towards Republicans winning the race in November.
The only thing they have left is the thing they’ve been planning for a while: using the Jan. 6 Committee hearings to smear the Republicans. The committee has no Republican appointees on it, so it’s already compromised. They have tried to scorch earth by asking people to testify, and for them not be able access their private communications.
They’ve subpoenaed people, including their former colleague Mark Meadows, and even held people in contempt and pursued an indictment against people when they refused to go along with the political farce, like Peter Navarro. Instead of having Peter Navarro, a Trump adviser, simply arrange to surrender, as one might do for something like a contempt charge, they had him arrested and cuffed at an airport — for maximum embarrassment and Democratic PR. That’s how law enforcement is now being used — to hurt the Democrats’ political opponents.
Between this and the failure to hold the Democrats themselves accountable for all their bad acts, that’s leading the country to a very bad place. They’re doing this, despite the evidence that Americans have moved on from the three-hour riot, that they are much more concerned about how Joe Biden and the Democrats are hurting their wallets with their bad policies. The Democrats still hope that new disclosures will be made that can help their cause.
It is not clear where in the Constitution it would protect you from ignoring a congressional subpoena. I must have missed that amendment…
— Kendall Meade (@MeadeKendall) June 4, 2022
This has not been the way the DOJ has handled such things in the past, and that’s a problem. George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley points out in a new op-ed how, normally, contempt charges like this are not pursued by the DOJ–even when you had flagrant contempt from Eric Holder. But he was a Democrat, so he wasn’t pursued. Navarro, on the other hand, was just charged with contempt in April, and they are going after him with speed; although, even though they’re trying to pistol-whip it through, they may not have a prosecution before November.
Michael Abramson, a practicing attorney, host of “Advancing the Agenda” podcast, and Newsmax insider, said the DOJ needs to handle referrals from Congress consistently.
“If it is a Bush DOJ, you want them to be acting the same way as a Biden DOJ would act so the principles of law are consistently applied,” he said. “You want consistency. People are protected by the law. People must follow policies and procedures to ensure they are treated with fairness. When these policies and procedures are not followed you come into a situation where the rights of individuals may be attacked.”
Juscelino Colares, a law and political science professor at Case Western Reserve University, said it “definitely seems like we have come to a point where we have a two-tier justice system” of “selected enforcement” where the FBI acts on indictments against Republicans when the Democrats are in control of the House but not at all when Republicans are in control of the House.
“We can’t be a nation of laws and at the same time a nation where the laws are only enforced against one group of people,” he said. “That’s not conducive to building the public trust in our institutions.”
But Turley notes that Democrats’ actions could ensure their destruction in the process.
This committee took the unusual step of subpoenaing GOP members, including Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader, and threatening them with contempt, just like Navarro or other ex-Trump officials.
Despite bitter political differences, both parties have avoided the use of subpoenas to each other for many years. The idea of House members using their own investigatory power against one another was seen as a way to mutually assure destruction. House Democratic leaders however broke that long tradition and gained little. What they will lose is a long-standing detente on the use of subpoenas against colleagues — and they are creating a new precedent for such internal subpoenas just months before they could find themselves in the minority. Today’s hunters then could become the hunted, if Republicans claim the same license after November’s elections.
Already, the House is dysfunctional and allows little dialogue or compromise between political parties. Targeting fellow members will now remove any restraints against unbridled partisanrage.
Republicans should do all they can to win the election, keep the Democrats in line after November and make sure that we hold them accountable if the United States is to be rehabilitated from the grave damage it has suffered.