A Cretinous Beltway Reproduction of a Stalinist Show Trial

If one watches episodic police and detective dramas, there often occurs a scene wherein a culprit is apprehended and charged as an accomplice “after the fact” for helping to cover up the crime. In the British equivalent of such shows, the police use the phrase “perverting the course of justice.” The bottom line is, if one aids in concealing, distracting, or diverting attention from the criminal act to prevent its detection, one is guilty of participating in a criminal enterprise, whether it be before or after the fact.

The House of Representatives’ January 6 committee has been called many things, such as a failed TV pilot, but sadly one knows what the committee is not and was never intended to be, courtesy of Victor Davis Hanson. As for the events of January 6 and its aftermath, the diligent and intrepid work of American Greatness’ Julie Kelly is essential reading.

Regarding the motivation behind the committee, one is to damage Donald Trump’s prospects in 2024, which the committee is in fact abetting by driving his base to rally around him. (Of course, this could well be the Democrats’ covert hope, as many of them, rightly or wrongly, consider him the most beatable GOP nominee.) Another motive is to deflect public attention from Joe Biden and the Democrats’ disastrous economy. (Good luck with that). 

Yet, in conjunction with current developments in an ongoing criminal investigation and upon further reflection following this cretinous Beltway reproduction of a Stalinist show trial, these Democrats’ hearings have a far more subversive motive: namely, concealing and preventing the detection of their own party’s weaponization of the federal government’s police and surveillance powers against its opponents, most notably in the instance of “Russiagate.”

Why? Because the truth is coming out. The New York Post’s editorial board nailed it:

The FBI knew the Trump-Russia collusion narrative was utter bunk even as it suggested otherwise to Congress, the courts and the public early in 2017. Evidence revealed by special counsel John Durham proves it beyond dispute . . .  It was a purely political hit job from the start, by top members of the highest law enforcement agency in the land, against a candidate-and-then-president they opposed. For all the justified anger at Trump over the Jan. 6 riot, this methodical and effective deception plot looks far more like an attempted coup.

Special Counsel John Durham’s critical investigatory work continues, unearthing more evidence of the Democrats’ corrupt and potentially criminal weaponization of the federal government against its opponents, such as Donald Trump, which at present persists and intensifies. 

As the editorial warns, the reason is both elementary and essential: “At this point, it’s up to Durham to keep exposing this unprecedented abuse of power for nakedly personal partisan ends, though Congress may help out once Democrats no longer run it.” (Emphasis mine.) 

Given her party’s fading chances to retain power in the midterm elections, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) launched her latest norm-shattering maneuver. Following her unprecedented refusal to seat Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) GOP caucus selections on the January 6 committee, Pelosi instead seated Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.). As ardent opponents of former President Trump, the GOP duo could be counted on to assiduously abet the Democrats’ narrative regarding the day’s events; and not stray off message into how the Pelosi and her caucus, like the notorious sieve Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), aided and abetted the weaponization of the federal government by pimping the Russia collusion lie.

As the initial hearing showed, Pelosi cannily chose her GOP pair. They provided the “bipartisan” façade Pelosi desired, mugging for the cameras and delivering their lines in this taxpayer-funded Democratic infomercial.

Yet, what of Russiagate’s abuse of power that, unlike the singular and ceased event of January 6, 2020, continues to this day—including the wholly biased January 6 committee itself? What of Special Counsel Durham’s investigation’s revelations into the insidious leftist cabal continuing to coercively impose political justice upon the equal and sovereign citizens of our free republic? 

Once again, the New York Post is spot on: “Until the plotters are held accountable, there actually is good reason to worry about the future of democracy in America.”

This, then, is the clear and present danger to everyone’s democracy. Unfortunately for Speaker Pelosi, Biden, and their partisans, it is also a clear and present danger to the Democrats’ political fortunes. Given the January 6 committee’s hearings, we know the latter danger is what the Democrats are most worried about. The question is, which danger do Cheney and Kinzinger most fear?

In her opening remarks at the hearing, Cheney gravely intoned:

In our country, we don’t swear an oath to an individual, or a political party. We take our oath to defend the United States Constitution. And that oath must mean something. Tonight, I say this to my Republican colleagues who are defending the indefensible: There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain.

Like Ahab chasing his white whale, their purblind animus toward Trump has led them to pledge and risk everything to destroy him. Like every vendetta, this constitutes an oath to an individual. In the process, they have abnegated their oath to defend the United States Constitution against those who weaponize the federal government against their opponents. In fact, they have rendered it worse than meaningless. They have rendered it rank hypocrisy by becoming part and parcel of that continuing weaponization of the federal government, in this instance against their sworn bete noire, Trump and his supporters.

Representatives Cheney and Kinzinger, my fellow Republicans: did you ever stop to ponder whether your useful idiocy on this committee makes you accomplices after the fact in covering up the Democrats’ attempted coup against President Trump; and of their continuing corrupt and potentially criminal use of the police and surveillance powers of the federal government against their political opponents and all dissenters to their radical diktats?

Or how, when comes the day Donald Trump is gone, your dishonor will remain?

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About Thaddeus G. McCotter

An American Greatness contributor, the Hon. Thaddeus G. McCotter (M.C., Ret.) represented Michigan’s 11th Congressional district from 2003 to 2012 and served as Chair of the Republican House Policy Committee. Not a lobbyist, he is a frequent public speaker and moderator for public policy seminars, and a Monday co-host of the "John Batchelor Show" among sundry media appearances.

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