Empty Bluster or Real Threat? GOP Talks Tough on Investigating Democrats

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The indictment of former President Donald Trump is still reverberating on the airwaves and interwebs as members of the chattering class are a-chattering about what this development could mean for the future of American politics – at least at the national level.

The unavoidable reality in this situation is that most Americans – regardless of political affiliation – know that New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s effort to prosecute the Orange Man What Is Bad™ is nothing more than a politically-motivated effort to prevent him from winning the presidency again in 2024.

This has sparked speculation that Republicans could respond in kind, launching their own investigations and seeking to prosecute Democrats. In fact, recent reports suggest the GOP plans to do just that.

The Washington Times’ Susan Ferrechio reported:

The unprecedented indictment of former President Trump, viewed by most people as a politically motivated case meant to derail the top 2024 Republican White House candidate, is already prompting calls to step up investigations of President Biden and his family.

Republicans and legal experts say Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case against Mr. Trump has permanently degraded the judicial system and opened the doors to more politically motivated criminal cases.

Mike Davis, president of the Article III Project told the Times that Bragg’s indictment of Trump “only invites more prosecutions of political enemies.”

“Democrats have crossed the Rubicon on this type of political prosecution, and it’s simply not a door that can be shut in this age of revenge politics,” he added.

The report explains that Republicans “are calling for GOP investigators to ramp up their probe of the Biden family’s lucrative foreign business deals and Mr. Biden’s potential involvement in the schemes.”

Davis predicted that the GOP “will inevitably investigate the Biden crime family even more in the coming days, and there’s no telling what can come of that.”

According to RedState’s Nick Arama, Mr. Davis might be right. In a recent article, she wrote:

Now, House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) is reporting that there are Republican prosecutors already thinking along these same lines. At least two local Republican prosecutors are looking into how they can charge Joe Biden and members of his family, now that the Democrats have thrown down that gauntlet via Bragg.

Former Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz also chimed in, indicating that this case will harm the legal system. “There will be, tragically, tit-for-tat retribution,” he told the Times. “A terrible cycle of injustice has begun.”

The indictment of Trump is being viewed by conservatives as a politically motivated prosecution, aimed at discrediting and derailing his potential candidacy in the 2024 election. Indeed, Trump referred to it as an effort to interfere in the upcoming race. This could open the door to more politically motivated criminal cases against other politicians, thereby politicizing the justice system.

But, how likely is this to happen?

So far, Republicans are doing basically what they had already promised to do after retaking the House. They began investigating the Hunter Biden situation since long before there was an indication that Democrats would attempt to weaponize the legal system against Trump in this manner. From where I sit, much of what is being said by GOP lawmakers is empty bluster. Essentially they are saying “Yes, we were already investigating the Biden crime family, but now we’re REALLY gonna investigate the Biden crime family. We’re gonna investigate them so hard, you don’t even know!”

At least, that’s how they sound when their voices go through my BS detector before reaching my ears.

I hate to be cynical, but how many times have we seen Republicans talk tough only to turn into wet noodles when it’s time to move their bowels or remove themselves from the pot? Democrats have no problem playing nasty politics knowing that Republicans will never give as good as they will get.

Although I will admit there might be some room for optimism. After retaking the House, Republicans followed through on their promise to remove Democratic lawmakers from their committee assignments just as they did when they had power.

But that is small potatoes compared to bringing indictments against political opposition. Realistically, I wouldn’t even want them to launch investigations similar to what Democrats are doing anyway. It is already blowing up in Bragg’s face as even left-leaning media outlets are admitting his case holds about as much water as a thimble.

However, I would love to see Republicans indict Democrats for actual crimes – with victims. When it comes to the Biden family, I’m sure there’s a whole lot of “there” there. But unfortunately, I expect them to do their part to uphold the two-tiered justice system we have in this country even if they dig up dirt on the Bidens. Of course, I would love to be proven wrong.

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