I have been saying for weeks now that the GOP Congress needs to be on the offensive rather than the defensive.
Let’s face it, many of us are tired of the Democrats’ false narratives against President Donald Trump and his administration.
New allegations are levied against him almost daily.
And many of us ask ourselves, why are members of the Republican Congress silent?
Finally, it appears that the Republicans are waking up. Maybe it’s due to watching Trump work tirelessly while running circles around most of them at age 71.
Recently, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., weary of Democrats who keep Trump and Republicans in Congress from fulfilling their agenda, decided to “push back” against their “accusations” by co-sponsoring an amendment.
The amendment seeks to obtain information from the U.S. Department of Justice in regards to “leaks by James B. Comey,” on “the propriety and consequence of immunity deals given to possible Hillary Clinton co-conspirators” and Comey’s decision to “usurp the authority of then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch in his unusual announcement that criminal charges would not be brought against” Clinton.
Biggs said the following in reference to obtaining information about Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, including Susan Rice, former President Barack Obama’s national security advisor :
“The bottom line is we are tired of passively letting people make accusations to overcrowd our agenda and they ought to respond to claims we know exist about their misconduct.”
The amendment requires the DOJ to appoint a special counsel to explore the issues. Hopefully, the DOJ will be able to find a special counsel that is truly “independent” unlike Mueller’s appointment that is riddled with conflicts of interest.
But Biggs isn’t alone in fighting back against the Russia witch hunt which, as of this writing, has turned up no evidence of wrongdoing.
Other Republicans in Congress have also begun to question whether Ukrainian-American Democratic Party Consultant, Alexandra Chalupa, did anything to try and hurt Trump’s presidential campaign.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote a letter to the DOJ earlier this week asking whether the Democratic National Committee was investigating Chalupa who allegedly held meetings at the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C., to discuss information about Trump campaign members.
Grassley’s letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein questions the “deficient enforcement” of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and wanted to know why the Justice Department did not require Chalupa to register.
FARA requires individuals to register with the Justice Department if they act, even through an intermediary, “as an agent, representative, employee or servant” or “in any other capacity” at the behest of a foreign actor to engage with a U.S. official, according to Grassley’s letter.
Grassley’s letter further indicates that:
“Chalupa’s actions appear to show that she was simultaneously working on behalf of a foreign government, Ukraine, and on behalf of the DNC and Clinton campaign, in an effort to influence not only the U.S. voting population but U.S. government officials.”
The letter further claims that if she were acting in this capacity then she would have been required to register under FARA.
Chalupa’s attorney disagrees and believes FARA does not apply to her.
A DNC spokeswoman, Deputy Communications Director Adrienne Watson said the White House is using the narrative to distract:
“No one is buying it. The Trump campaign embraced an offer from a hostile foreign government to interfere in our elections. Trump and some of his family watched for months as the Kremlin attacked our democracy, and did nothing but encourage and celebrate their efforts.”
Watson offered no proof when she accused Trump of illegal actions.
She then added: “The FBI is investigating whether the Trump campaign was involved in these efforts.”
Too bad, Ms. Watson didn’t wait for the conclusion of the investigation before “defaming” Trump.
What the GOP Congress needs to do now is continue to turn up the heat on the DOJ to do their jobs in investigating possible DNC wrongdoing.
GOP has a lot of catching up to do but better late than never!
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