American voters are increasingly displeased with the policies of President Joe Biden and Democrats on Capitol Hill, which seems to be setting the stage for Republicans to regain control of Congress after the upcoming midterm elections.
If that happens, one senior GOP lawmaker recently signaled his intention to “get to the bottom” of the FBI’s recent raid of former President Donald Trump’s private residence in Florida.
Specifically, Senate Judiciary Committee ranking GOP member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said that as chairman of the panel he believes it is his “constitutional responsibility” to determine whether Attorney General Merrick Garland acted appropriately in approving the unannounced search of Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate.
He noted that lawmakers have received “a great deal of runaround from the Justice Department” regardless of who is in the White House, alleging that sources within the agency have told him that officials will try to stymie any congressional investigations that might arise in response to the FBI raid.
Of course, Grassley and other congressional Republicans have expressed concerns about the perceived political bias within the Justice Department. He has previously suggested that federal authorities appeared to show partisan favoritism by ignoring allegations against Biden’s son, Hunter, while actively pursuing investigations into claims of Russian influence in the 2016 election.
His misgivings are clearly making their way into the population as a whole. Earlier this year, Gallup pollsters determined that a mere 14% of respondents said they had faith in the operations of the criminal justice system. Last year, that number was 20%.
In the days following the FBI raid at Trump’s Florida home, many high-profile Republicans spoke out against the perceived misconduct on display during the operation.
(2/2) This seems to be yet another example of the Department of Justice’s hypocrisy and political bias. If Republicans take back the majority, we will investigate any Department of Justice abuses.
— Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (@RepDLesko) August 9, 2022
For his part, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) accused the Justice Department of achieving “an intolerable state of weaponized politicization.”
Like Grassley, he signaled that the House of Representatives would launch an oversight probe into the agency upon winning a majority in the chamber. He went so far as to issue a public statement in which he advised: “Attorney General Garland, preserve your documents and clear your calendar.”
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel accused the agency of pursuing a double standard, citing “examples of Democrats flouting the law and abusing power with no recourse.”