Finding Their Teeth,
and Claws

With every passing week and after years of growing evidence, it’s become clear the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation are little more than politicized, corrupt, and weaponized agencies of the government that exist to go after the Left’s political opponents. In just the last six years, we have all the empirical evidence we need to know that the FBI is irredeemable and should be dismantled.

Exhibit A: This FBI secured four illegal FISA warrants as a result of the Steele dossier, which they knew was bogus, all to spy on the duly elected president of the United States. The same FBI in 2020 used Twitter and likely Facebook to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story. No big deal? More than nine percent of swing state voters indicated they would have switched their votes from Biden to Trump had they known of the laptop (which means Trump would have sailed to re-election). 

The same FBI then raids the home of the former president of the United States in 2022, apparently for very spurious reasons, while the Justice Department refuses to release the affidavit as to why it felt it was necessary to take such extraordinary steps. Hint: it’s not justifiable. It’s about targeting someone they view as an existential threat to them and their beloved administrative state. This same corrupt Justice Department has spent $100 million pursuing Trump and his supporters, while almost nothing on pursuing the Black Lives Matter rioters who destroyed billions in property and killed dozens of people in 2020.

If you still think either of these institutions is trustworthy, you might actually be part of the problem.

So it’s time not to demand an apology or that they reform themselves because they never will. It’s time to bring the hammer down on them when Republicans take back the House and Senate this fall (and yes, I’m still very bullish on the prospect of that).

It’s not enough to say we need a new Church Commission for the FBI and Justice Department. What has become abundantly clear, particularly so with Biden and the Democrats bulking up the Internal Revenue Service with 87,000 new agents, is that there are plans to wage war against the American people. We need a far more invasive and broad investigation than a rerun of the Church Commission, and we need it quickly.

What is taking place with the Justice Department, FBI, IRS, and other agencies has proven to be far more interconnected than we imagined at first and it’s all part of a broader U.S. surveillance state. It’s clear that the FBI fully intends to use the bulked-up IRS to abuse everyday Americans and those it perceives as enemies. From the time of Lois Lerner to now, we have learned that the IRS is more than willing to use its powers to intimidate and prosecute innocent Americans via spurious audits and criminal investigations. The FBI often uses IRS agents as part of its coordinated intimidation and prosecutorial efforts with a compliant Justice Department looking on.

So when the GOP retakes the House and Senate, it’s time for a variety of things to take place and to put Democrats further on the defensive during this election cycle. Republicans should make commitments to real change in 2023. 

First, the GOP must commit now to forming a Joint Investigative Committee to investigate the Justice Department, FBI, IRS, DHS, and the surveillance state when it takes the majority. Perhaps the efforts are led by the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee—which cannot be Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), or John Cornyn (R-Texas). Perhaps Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), or Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) would fit the bill. The committee should be given broad and aggressive investigative powers with teeth: contempt, stonewalling, and refusal to comply should result in contempt of Congress with jail time. 

The GOP needs to commit to and promote this now. It must also pledge, with the power of the purse in the House, to a total hiring freeze and shrinking of the various agencies, with some exceptions made for defense. It must commit to serious efforts to unspool the energy moratoriums and fully fund southern border security, including the completion of the border wall. It must also boldly work on engendering an environment for economic growth and inflation reduction. 

It’s time to give the American voters a bold, clear, and aggressive agenda to vote for, and quite frankly, a mandate for which they can be held to account in 2023. Republicans can and should do this.

The Republican Party can either continue to have the life squeezed out of it by the massive boa constrictor of the administrative state and its Democratic allies or it can go for the head of the snake before the lights go out. The choices couldn’t be clearer. The question, as always, is whether the Republican Party has the courage to actually fight. It had better because this is about more than just the Republican Party: it’s about the continued existence of the free American republic.

About Ned Ryun

Ned Ryun is a former presidential writer for George W. Bush and the founder and CEO of American Majority. You can find him on Twitter @nedryun.

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