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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, fed up with the Biden administration’s attempts to indict and jail former President Donald Trump, is responding the best way she can.
The Georgia Republican and Trump ally is proposing legislation that would defund special counsel Jack Smith’s ongoing probe of the former president as well as additional investigations into Trump.
“Today, I’d like to announce that I’m writing an appropriations rider to defund Jack Smith, special counsel, his office and the investigation,” Greene said Monday during a House floor speech. “This is a weaponized government attempt to take down the top political enemy and leading presidential candidate of the United States, Donald J. Trump.”
In November, Attorney General Merrick Garland assigned Smith the task of investigating the manner in which Trump dealt with classified documents that he had taken from the White House and relocated to his Mar-a-Lago estate at the conclusion of his term.
Greene contended that Smith’s inquiry into Trump is driven by political motivations and said there’s a double standard between Trump and Democrats who were similarly implicated in the removal of classified material.
“We cannot allow the government to be weaponized for political purposes,” she noted in her speech. “I’d also like to ask all of my colleagues to join me in this effort. We have to use the power of appropriations to stop the weaponization of government, especially in light that we know that there are others who are guilty of true crimes.”
She went on to note the difference in how the FBI and Justice Department handled Trump’s case and an alleged probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s reported mishandling of classified emails on a private, unsecured server in her home.
“There should have been an investigation done into that,” she said.
In addition, Greene brought up classified documents associated with President Joe Biden that were removed during his tenure as vice president and subsequently discovered at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C.
Additional documents were found at his residence in Delaware. Special counsel Robert Hur is supposed to be investigating those incidents, but there’s been no word on the progress of the investigation.
“Don’t forget Joe Biden’s documents that are sitting in his garage next to his Corvette where the door opens and closes,” Greene said. “America sees this for exactly what it is, and we will not allow it to stand.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) voiced his support for the measure.
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On Sunday, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) said that the GOP majority should be acting in accordance with its constitutional oversight duty.
“Congress can and should hold the Biden DOJ accountable by defunding their efforts during the appropriations process, executing the Holman Rule to remove and defund corrupt officials, and conducting oversight on its baseless investigations,” Biggs said in a tweet.
In remarks over the weekend, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said the FBI should be “broken up” as it currently exists, senior leadership dismissed and reformed into a less malevolent, politically charged agency.
“This is a remarkable country with extraordinary people who are being crippled by their very own government and crippled by an anti-American faction, largely in the universities, and to some extent in the news media and in the corporate CEOs and in the bureaucracy,” Gingrich said in an interview with Real America News.
“The fact is we need a bill to break up the Federal Bureau of Investigation and replace it with much more reasonable law enforcement systems and eliminate the entire senior leadership. I mean, it’s clearly a corrupted institution, deeply politicized on the left… and the evidence we have is just overwhelming,” he said.