‘Boca Constrictor’ Has House Ethics Committee Tied in Knots

By | 2017-07-26T13:36:02+00:00 July 21st, 2017|
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Generally, conservatives believe congressional Democrats do nothing constructive; thus, conservatives prefer congressional Democrats do nothing at all. The rationale is that, as it regards the fate of our free republic, the Left’s idle hands will do less damage in the Devil’s workshop than their active hands will do in Congress, however similar the two locales.

Once again, though, conservatives have underestimated the wily Left. Today, Congressional Democrats are devilishly damaging America by doing nothing at all.

It is the express duty of the members of the House Committee on Ethics to investigate allegations of wrongdoing against their colleagues. Given the gravity of such charges and the ensuing investigations, the ethics committee’s membership is unique: regardless of which party commands a House majority, the ethics committee is evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats (presently five members from each party). The chairman is from the majority party; and the ranking member is from the minority party. Yet, because the committee is evenly divided, it requires equity, collegiality and consensus to function.

The hope, then, of the House’s self-policing committee is that its members will set partisanship aside; fairly conduct themselves and all investigations; and ultimately produce a fact-based determination in the best interests—not of a peer or party—but of “The People’s House.” Historically, to their credit, both parties’ ethics committee members have performed their difficult duty.

That is, until the Boca Constrictor wrapped the committee in knots.

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Boca Raton, Fla.), the ethics committee’s ranking member, has been dragging his heels on investigating House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who had been attacked by less than objective Left-wing groups, such as Moveon.org, for “disclosing” classified information.

The classified information Nunes allegedly “disclosed” concerned abuses by the Obama administration in unmasking and surveilling American citizens; and the individuals it was disclosed to were the president of the United States and the speaker of the House of Representatives (both of whom, one would think, had the requisite security clearances to view the information).

Given the absurdity of the allegations, Nunes took a temporary leave of absence from overseeing any Intelligence Committee activities related to “Russia-gate”; and took the unusual step of requesting the ethics committee investigate his actions and, he believed, promptly clear his good name.

Curiously, in the midst of the Democrats’ calls to investigate everything related to the GOP and Russia (including, per rumor, a dude named Boris who once valet parked Rep. Steve Pearce’s pick-up truck outside a swank New Mexico honkytonk), Deutch is frustrating an ethics committee inquiry into Nunes—though that hasn’t stopped the Boca Constrictor from spewing venom at Nunes, à la Rep. Adam “Pathfinder” Schiff’s infamous two-step: “I’d love to tell you why [insert victim’s name] is guilty of [insert smear], but my duties won’t let me.”

This tawdry routine allows Boca Constrictor Deutch to slither across Left-wing media outlets as Nunes’ judge, jury, and executioner in the media. But the Boca Constrictor can’t serve as prosecutor, because Deutch knows Nunes did nothing wrong. As a result, because Deutch does nothing; this means the equally apportioned Ethics Committee does nothing; and, Nunes’ name and fate hang under a manufactured “ethical cloud.”

Which is precisely where the Boca Constrictor and his Democrat cohorts want Nunes.

By constraining Nunes’ requested investigation—again, the only Russia-related inquiry not barreling through the Beltway faster than a bowl of borscht through one’s lower intestine—Boca Constrictor Deutch blocks Nunes from resuming his full duties as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee at the very time the sweeping extent of the Obama Administration’s abuses of unmasking and surveilling American citizens and illegal leaks are coming to light.

Indeed, based upon reports from the Washington Free Beacon and elsewhere, it is starting to seem the Obama Administration unmasked every American but Batman. Clearly, the last thing the Democrats want is Nunes back in full command and delving into their dark chapter of executive branch abuses.

Americans—not the least of which the victims of these Obama Administration abuses and leaks— demand and deserve the truth. Thus does Boca Constrictor Deutch’s do nothing scheme do real harm to real people and our republic.

Still, there is a solution. Trusting in the fairness of the ethics committee—including its Democratic members—to clear his name, Nunes took a voluntary leave of absence from Russia-gate related matters. He did not recuse himself from them. So, should the Boca Constrictor continue to dishonor the trust placed in him as ranking member of the ethics committee by blocking an ethics inquiry to silence Nunes on the Obama Administration’s abuses, all Nunes need do is cut the Ted weight.

Nunes should end his voluntary leave of absence and investigate the Obama Administration’s unmasking and surveillance abuses against American citizens and illegal leaks of classified information.

Sure, Deutch and his Democratic colleagues, to say nothing of their elite media allies, will find this hard to swallow; but Nunes’ good name will be cleared by something far more powerful than an ethics Committee bound up by the Boca Constrictor.

Devin Nunes will be vindicated by his deeds on behalf of the American people.

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Thaddeus G. McCotter
The Hon. Thaddeus McCotter is the former chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee, current itinerant guitarist, American Greatness contributor, and Monday co-host of the "John Batchelor Show."