A congressional Democrat drew concern and backlash Wednesday when he said the DOJ, FBI, and IRS are required to keep democracy “in check.”
Rep. Kweisi Mfume made the controversial remarks during a House Oversight Committee hearing featuring two IRS whistleblowers. The whistleblowers testified that the Department of Justice had hamstrung their investigation into Hunter Biden’s alleged crimes.
But instead of listening to the whistleblowers in good faith, every single Democrat complained, including Mfume.
“Now, here’s what galls me. I don’t like these attacks on the Department of Justice, the FBI, the IRS, as if they are somehow anti-U.S. agencies. Those agencies keep this democracy in check … They provide the checks, and they provide the balances,” he said.
Listen to him below:
“We are doing this all over again for the Hunter Biden show to someone who has pleaded guilty and has taken responsibility for not filing taxes for two years. This is ludicrous. Beam me up, Scotty. There’s no intelligent life down here. None,” he later added as he angrily shredded the papers in front of him.
The remarkable comments rubbed many the wrong way because they suggested that the DOJ, FBI, and IRS are untouchable agencies that must never be questioned and whose judgments must be trusted by default.
“Please go read the Constitution. It’s not the job of the DOJ, FBI, or IRS to ‘keep democracy in check’ or to ‘provide the checks and the balances,'” America First Legal tweeted in response to the Democrat congressman’s rant.
“@RepKweisiMfume said the quiet part out loud. This is how President Biden’s allies view the job of the DOJ,” AFL, which was formed by former Trump administration official Stephen Miller, added in its response tweet.
See more responses below:
The constitution keeps democracy in check and provides the checks and balances, not the bureaucrats who aren’t even mentioned in the constitution.
— Dinkledash (@Dinkeldash) July 19, 2023
I had to play that 3 times to make sure he really said what he said. Yes. He speaks clearly. I’ve vowed to never vote for any Democrat at any level of government again. Statements like this confirm the necessity of this vow.
— American Kulak (@joesmithreally) July 19, 2023
He thinks the administrative state provides the necessary checks and balances for our Constitutional Republic? I want him to show me where that is in our Constitution. Hint: he may want to study our Constitution a bit more.
— S. Easland (@sdeasland1) July 19, 2023
Even if he was right … even if … does that mean they are above reproach and scrutiny? They’re organizations of people who, like all people, occasionally do bad things and need to be held accountable. Running interference for them is not a good look.
— Seppie (@Seppie123456) July 19, 2023
No sir. There are 3 branches of government. The FBI’s 38000 agents & the CIA’s unknown number of agents aren’t for checks & balances. They’re supposed to serve & protect the people & the Constitution. They barely do either. Actually the 3 branches of govt barely do their jobs.
— Artazen (@Artazen_) July 20, 2023
As noted earlier, EVERY Democrat complained during the hearing.
Some Democrats complained about Republicans using the term “two-tier justice system.” It’s evidently racist for Republicans to use the term because black people invented it — or something like that.
“I’d like to address the way my Republican colleagues are attempting to co-opt the phrase ‘two-tier justice system’ to make it sound like Trump and his cronies are somehow the victims here when the reality is that the term two-tier system of justice is meant to refer to the very real system that exists in the United States and which affects Black and brown folks, not powerful former presidents and their political allies,” Rep. Summer Lee said.
“Republican efforts to use the term two-tier justice is to distract from those who are truly the victims of a disparate treatment in our criminal justice system, and whether we say it out loud or not, we all know who those people are,” she added.
How does a hearing on the cover-up of Hunter Biden’s crimes end up as a discourse on slavery and racial disparities?
Democratic Pennsylvania Rep. Summer Lee:
“… I want to talk about what the real two-tier justice system is where black and brown people are over-criminalized”… pic.twitter.com/291dodIpvM
— UngaTheGreat (@UngaTheGreat) July 19, 2023
Many likewise complained that the whole hearing itself was a waste of time.
“I happen to believe that they’re wasting time on this,” Mfume told Fox News.
Meanwhile, Rep. Daniel Goldman told Fox News that he believes the IRS whistleblowers spoke out in good faith but were sadly mistaken.
“They are good-faith actors who misconstrue the third-hand information that they received. I think they were frustrated that the case didn’t move forward as they had hoped after all their hours. They were frustrated that they were removed from the case after there were significant leaks to The Washington Post, and they’re expressing their frustration in this way,” he said.
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