Democrats are getting scared after Republicans threaten to investigate them if they subpoena GOP members
The Guardian reported Tuesday morning that some Democrats are starting to get scared after Republicans threatened they'd investigate Dems if the Jan. 6 committee subpoenas GOP members of Congress.
"Republicans in Congress have openly floated the prospect in recent days of launching political investigations into the Biden administration’s coronavirus response, the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the personal life of Biden’s son Hunter, as well as an impeachment inquiry," said The Guardian.
"In response, some members and investigators on the select committee have quietly raised the possibility that if the panel declines to subpoena Republicans now, then a Republican majority might not subpoena Democrats in the future," the report continued, citing sources.
It isn't the first time that Republicans have promised Democrats something only to play the Lucy to Dems' Charlie Brown and pull the football out at the last moment. They've promised balanced budgets, they've promised to end deficit spending, Republicans have even promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, only to the promises to be broken. Long after "read my lips, no new taxes," former President Donald Trump was the king of broken promises.
But this threat from the GOP isn't a new one, nor is it a legitimate threat as Republicans have been promising to investigate Democrats since President Joe Biden was elected. On his first day in office, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) said she'd file articles of impeachment.
When Democrats called Steve Bannon and he refused to appear, trying to claim executive privilege despite not working in the White House at the time of the documents in question, Republicans issued threats.
"Now that Democrats have started these politically-motivated indictments for Contempt of Congress, I look forward to seeing their reactions when we keep that same energy as we take back the House next year!" Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) tweeted.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) even went so far as to claim that the Biden administration has "weaponized the DOJ," specifically citing the "Russia Hoax," which was a probe under the Trump administration. In fact, the investigation was done by a Republican, appointed by a Republican attorney general, who was appointed by Donald Trump.
At the same time, the implication that Republicans didn't do their own politically motivated attacks ignores Trump trying to get the Justice Department to prosecute Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden. Republicans in Congress even went so far as to hold 10 investigations on Clinton and Benghazi. They held 33 hearings, including one in which Clinton answered questions for 11 hours straight.
Now-Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) confessed that the non-stop attack on Clinton was just about their efforts to bring down Clinton.
"What you’re going to see is a conservative speaker, that takes a conservative Congress, that puts a strategy to fight and win," he said in an interview with Fox host Sean Hannity. And let me give you one example. Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee. A select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping."
Just before Thanksgiving last year, McCarthy promised that their single biggest priority will be retaliation against Democrats because they complained about the assassination video that Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) posted to Twitter.
Rep. Jim Joran (R-OH) made his own threat to subpoena top Biden officials because the Jan. 6 committee subpoenaed Bannon. The grand jury in the case agreed that Bannon should be indicted for contempt of Congress.
Joe Biden has evicerated Executive Privilege. \n\nThere are a lot of Republicans eager to hear testimony from Ron Klain and Jake Sullivan when we take back the House.— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Rep. Jim Jordan) 1636753181
Democrats have fought turning the filibuster into a talking filibuster or deploying the so-called nuclear option and eliminating it entirely. However, Mitch McConnell made it clear he's interested in it, already killing the filibuster for judges. He has also eagerly threatened a “scorched-earth” approach whenever he wants.
“Let me say this very clearly for all 99 of my colleagues: Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin—can even begin to imagine—what a completely scorched earth Senate would look like,” McConnell said in a Senate speech.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) similarly threatened Democrats, saying, "When we win back the majority next year, we have a duty as Republicans to hold every member of this committee accountable for this abuse of power, for stepping over the line, by preventing them from being in positions of authority." He explained he meant it would be to "take them off any committee, get them as far away from positions of power as you can because they’ve shown us that by threatening to do this that they abuse their power, wherever they are."
Still, according to The Guardian, some Democrats are genuflecting instead of standing strong and unified against corruption.
A petition drive to remove a Republican official from a Michigan school board netted more than enough signatures.
Committee for School Board Integrity announced Tuesday morning that they had gathered more than 4,100 signatures seeking a recall election for Matthew Smith from the Davison Board of Education, reported MLive.com.
The committee needed 3,698 signatures, or 25 percent of the votes cast in Davison for all candidates in the last gubernatorial election.
Smith, the Genesee County GOP chairman and a 2020 delegate for Donald Trump, was sentenced to probation Jan. 11 for a harassing phone call he made to Houghton County Clerk Jennifer Kelly in March 2020.
He was ordered to perform 240 hours of community service, fined $650, and is required to write an essay on the effects of bullying, and the school board censured him for lying about the call, during which he threatened the county official's dogs.
The Genesee County Clerk’s Office has 35 days to determine whether the petition is sufficient and then call the recall election, and the committee will look to endorse one candidate for a special election to fill Smith's seat.
William Barr, who served as U.S. Attorney General under former President Donald Trump, has a memoir due to hit book stores this coming March. According to Barr's publishers, the book aims to be a “vivid and forthright” look into his time serving two “drastically different” presidents, Donald Trump and George H.W. Bush.
"Barr takes readers behind the scenes during seminal moments of the Bush administration in the 1990s, from the LA riots to Pan Am 103 and Iran Contra," William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Tuesday. “With the Trump administration, Barr faced an unrelenting barrage of issues, such as Russiagate, the opioid epidemic, Chinese espionage, big tech, the COVID outbreak, civil unrest, the first impeachment, and the 2020 election fallout.”
According to ABC News, the title of the book, "One Damn Thing After Another," refers to an expression "Barr had heard about the nature of the job of attorney general." But others are finding the title to be an unintentional ironic take on Barr's tenure.
Quite the title!https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1483478271505453064\u00a0\u2026— Andrew Desiderio (@Andrew Desiderio) 1642525871
On this, Bill Barr and I completely agree. I also would title a book about his tenure at the Justice Department "One Damn Thing After Another."\n\nBut with a slightly different subhed: "And Each More Gobsmackingly Corrupt Than The Last."https://www.amazon.com/dp/0063158604/ref=sr_1_1?crid=17E6G2TJC9QPC&keywords=bill+barr+one+damn+thing&qid=1642524604&sprefix=bill+barr+one+damn+thing%2Caps%2C49&sr=8-1\u00a0\u2026— Liz Dye (@Liz Dye) 1642524696
At first I thought this was a parody. Especially the title of the \u201cbook.\u201dpic.twitter.com/ov98VkWpOb— Don Keyhoty (@Don Keyhoty) 1642524790
He nabbed that title before DOJ reporters could claim it for their own memoirs of life on the beat. https://twitter.com/alex_mallin/status/1483467101574770695\u00a0\u2026— Sadie Gurman (@Sadie Gurman) 1642524277
Plotline: Bill Barr has to cover up for Trump's endless crime spree and make it look kosher. Going to read it for self-incriminating evidence. Will not be purchasing, however.pic.twitter.com/XaIPzX7VRK— GOP is still attempting to destroy democracy \u270d\ufe0f\ud83d\udc89 (@GOP is still attempting to destroy democracy \u270d\ufe0f\ud83d\udc89) 1642523267
that titlehttps://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1483478271505453064\u00a0\u2026— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia Beavers) 1642525357
The title really captures how we all felt watching him repeatedly capitulate to the unethical and illegal whims of his bosshttps://twitter.com/alex_mallin/status/1483467101574770695\u00a0\u2026— Robert Maguire (@Robert Maguire) 1642523890
Let me guess. Bill Barr trying to protect his \u2018legacy\u2019 by pointing the finger and everyone but himself. This should be the funniest book of 2022. I\u2019m afraid going to trip all over those puppet strings and hurt himself.https://twitter.com/maggienyt/status/1483478271505453064\u00a0\u2026— Jarlequin (@Jarlequin) 1642524031
Funny title.https://twitter.com/JakeSherman/status/1483484485471645700\u00a0\u2026— Jay Yarow (@Jay Yarow) 1642525274
Weird that he titled it after a phrase used to describe boring historical accounts that refuse to explain why things happen and who has agency.https://twitter.com/alex_mallin/status/1483467101574770695\u00a0\u2026— Peter A. Shulman \ud83d\udcda (@Peter A. Shulman \ud83d\udcda) 1642523347