If you’re a Republican prosecuted before a jury in Democrat-dominated Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia, you’re almost certainly going to be convicted. But if you’re a Democrat, say a Democrat lobbyist, prosecuted there, you’ll probably be acquitted. There is nothing fair about this process and it needs to be held accountable.
Yet, even Republican appointees to the appellate courts, some of whom previously served as federal prosecutors, seem unwilling to rein in the Department of Justice’s abuse of power. During oral argument before the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, a hostile panel of appellate judges seemed indifferent to the misuse of the Department of Justice by Biden against his own political rival, Donald Trump.
“Do you think it is rare for a target of a warrant to think it is overreaching?” was one of many naive questions by the Eleventh Circuit panel that implied it will let the DOJ do whatever it wants to Biden’s political rival. One panelist demanded that Trump prove the seizure of 2,900 mostly personal items from his home exhibited a “callous disregard” for his rights. Callous disregard? This is an undefined and inapplicable phrase.
If the courts won’t rein in the DOJ, who will? The DOJ does not police our streets, protect our homes, respond to 911 calls, or safeguard against the daily crime that has risen to a pandemic level. If the whopping budget that the U.S. House provides to the DOJ were redistributed to local police departments, it would help compensate for their dramatic loss of officers under the Defund the Police movement over the past few years.
After all, the House controls the purse strings as the Founders wanted, because only the House is elected every two years by the people. By electing a Republican House, the people voted against the rogue DOJ. No one should want to provide taxpayer funding to a Department of Political Retribution. Yet that is exactly what our Department of Justice has become. The only reasonable reaction is for the Republican House to withhold funding from the DOJ until they start living up to their name. The DOJ’s job should be to seek justice, and the House of Representatives’ job is to provide oversight for taxpayer dollars.