House Republicans are in no mood for more of the Democrats’ attempts to go after former President Donald Trump, apparently.
On Friday, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the appointment of yet another special counsel to handle various criminal probes regarding the 45th president, the third one in five years.
“Based on recent developments, including the former president’s announcement that he’s a candidate for president in the next election, and the sitting president’s stated intention to be a candidate as well, I have concluded that it is in the public interest to appoint a special counsel,” Garland said in making the announcement Friday afternoon. “This appointment will not slow the completion of these investigations.”
Garland named former federal prosecutor Jack Smith, who worked in the Justice Department during the Obama administration, to be special counsel, The Wall Street Journal reported. Smith has been working as the chief prosecutor at The Hague investigating alleged war crimes in Kosovo.
Needless to say, the former president addressed the appointment on his Truth Social platform.
“Here we go again! I thought that the Unselect Committee on January 6th was a dead issue, especially with the record setting loss off [sic] Liz Chaney in the Great State of Wyoming, and likewise felt that the document hoax case, after reviewing the Clinton Socks Case & the Presidential Record Act, was dead, or at least dying fast,” Trump wrote.
“The Democrat Department of ‘Justice’ had nothing, except Trump haters, so they just appointed a Special Prosecutor to go after me further. Disgraceful!” he said.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), one of Trump’s most ardent supporters, said after the appointment that Kevin McCarthy of California, who is in line to become Speaker when the new Congress reconvenes in January after the GOP took the majority in the midterms, that the party would move to defund Smith’s investigation, per Just the News:
In a Tweet detailing the plan, Greene insisted McCarthy would invoke the Holman rule, a procedural measure by which the House may adjust appropriations legislation to reduce the salary of or fire specific government employees. They may also use it to cut specific programs.
Look it up!@GOPLeader is going to put it in place.
That means no money for Garland’s politically weaponized Special Counsel.
Don’t promise too many jobs!
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) November 18, 2022
“Holman Rule. Look it up! [McCarthy] is going to put it in place,” Greene wrote. “That means no money for Garland’s politically weaponized Special Counsel. Don’t promise too many jobs! Whoops defunded.”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed that President Biden did not know about Garland’s appointment in advance, which was ridiculed by many online.
Others simply trashed the administration for “blatant political bias.”
“By appointing a special counsel to investigate his boss’s top political enemy, Attorney General Merrick Garland continues to politicize and weaponize the Biden Justice Department, all while ignoring smoking-gun evidence of the Biden family’s foreign corruption,” said Mike Davis, president of the Article III Project, in a statement.
“Garland announced he’s essentially giving his special counsel whatever he needs to investigate the non-crimes of objecting to a presidential election (like Democrats did in 1967, 2001, 2005, and 2017) and keeping personal copies of presidential records (like Clinton did with highly classified tapes hidden in his sock drawer), both expressly permitted by federal statutes,” he said.
“The blatant political bias within the Biden Justice Department erodes trust from the American people that justice is fairly applied to everyone, regardless of their political affiliation,” Davis added.