White House officials have outright dismissed the most recent House panel which is looking into the alleged weaponization of the federal government by trying to fearmonger and compare it to the hearings held by Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s which attempted to root out hidden communists within the federal government.
The Judiciary subcommittee is dead set on pursuing allegations that the Department of Justice, the FBI, and a number of other large federal agencies have been targeting conservatives. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) created the committee in response to a number of instances of the DOJ allegedly targeting conservatives.
“We expect to hear from Americans who have been targeted by their government,” stated Jordan this past week as the committee first kicked off its hearings.
Ian Sams, a spokesman for the White House, put forth a large four-page memo to “interested parties,” in which he drew a comparison of the panel to the infamous probes from McCarthy.
“Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan is launching the Fox News reboot of the House Un-American Activities Committee with a political stunt that weaponizes Congress to carry out the priorities of extreme MAGA Republicans in Congress,” he made the claim.
Sams accused the members of the panel of trying to “weaponize the MAGA agenda against their perceived political enemies, going after civil servants, private citizens, and the rule of law — all in service of getting booked on Fox News,” adding, “These extreme MAGA Republicans in Congress are choosing to make it their top priority to go down the rabbit hole of debunked conspiracy theories about a ‘deep state.’”
Quite predictably, Sams quoted left-wing entities and politicians such as The Washington Post, PolitiFact, The New York Times, and former Democratic Senator Gary Hart to stand by him in his overt attack of the committee.
“Over the course of my 12-plus years, the FBI’s trajectory has transformed,” expressed former FBI Special Agent Nicole Parker as part of their testimony to the panel. “The bureau’s mission remained the same but its priorities and governing principles shifted dramatically. The FBI became politically weaponized, starting from the top in Washington and trickling down to the field offices. Although FBI employees have their First Amendment rights, they are not at the liberty to allow their personal, political views or preferences to determine their course of action or inaction in any investigation.”
“Lady Justice must remain blind,” she went on. “It’s as if there became two FBIs. Americans see this and it is destroying the Bureau’s credibility, causing Americans to lose faith in the agency.”
“We do have direct action shown in the Twitter files by government employees,” spotlighted George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley. “We know that there were dozens of federal employees who tabbed or targeted particular posts and posters for possible elimination and suspension.”
“Protecting the First Amendment shouldn’t be partisan,” exclaimed Jordan. “Protecting the Constitution shouldn’t be partisan, and protecting the fundamental principle of equal treatment under the law should not be partisan.”
“Right now we live in a country where many Americans are afraid to speak freely, afraid to express themselves, afraid to have real, open dialogue and debate,” stated former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who has officially left the Democrat party, to the panel.
“Afraid of losing their job, being canceled or be accused of a crime, which could happen if recently introduced legislation criminalizing so-called ‘hate speech” is passed into law,” she went on, claiming:
Speech, that no matter how abhorrent, is still protected under the First Amendment. Now, this fear and this culture of fear and self-censorship is not unfounded; we have individuals in our government, often working through their arms in the mainstream media and Big Tech, doing exactly what our founders rejected; trying to control what we the people are allowed to see and say under the guise of protecting us from so-called misinformation or disinformation. Now of course, they appoint themselves as the sole authority in voice of truth, of information, backed by the most lethal force in earth with the power to target anyone they deem a threat.