Sometimes, I shiver visibly when I consider what this political moment would have been like had the Democratic Party not swept into a majority in the House of Representatives back in 2018. I suspect the folks at Camp Runamuck would be selling the country off for parts by now. Certainly, there would be far fewer rocks being overturned to reveal the vermin beneath. From The New York Times:
House Democrats issued subpoenas on Tuesday to the two officials, including Aaron S.J. Zelinsky, one of the career prosecutors who quit a case against President Trump’s friend Roger J. Stone Jr. after Mr. Barr and other senior officials intervened to reverse their recommendation that Mr. Stone be sentenced in accord with standard guidelines and instead requested leniency. The other official who agreed to serve as a witness is John W. Elias, a career official in the Justice Department’s antitrust division. The division opened an inquiry into a fuel efficiency deal between major automakers and the state of California; congressional Democrats have called [that] scrutiny politically motivated.
If the William Barr Personal Injury Law Firm—a.k.a. the United States Department of Justice—doesn’t fight these subpoenas, that would be yet another sign that the administration* is running out of a) gas, and b) alibis.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve noticed a kind of resigned recognition among the Republicans that the hammer is coming down with increasing speed. Sure, they can still get their judges because they have the votes. But the spirit has gone out of them. Even Lindsey Graham was grim and downcast as he issued his kangaroo subpoenas. Neil Gorsuch bummed them out generally with his decision on LGBTQ rights on Monday. The poll numbers—Arkansas? Really?—are appalling, and the president* seems to be deteriorating physically as well as mentally, and I get the feeling that the Republicans in Congress are genuinely sick and tired of walking around with a grand piano on their backs. If Zelinsky and Elias testify freely, it’s an indication that the Republicans may be coming to the conclusion that taking a dive on this experiment gone horribly wrong may be the smart play.
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