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DAVID BOSSIE: Dems Changed The Rulebook For Congressional Oversight. Now, Republicans Must Use It Against Them

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David Bossie President, Citizens United
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During the previous Congress, the Democrat-controlled January 6 Select Committee ended decades of precedent and changed the rules when it comes to congressional oversight. Unfortunately for the Biden Administration, those newly-minted changes still apply now that Republicans are in control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

As the old saying goes, the toothpaste can’t be put back in the tube; the decision was made to break the system in order to make it easier to go after former President Donald Trump and Democrats must now live with it. New GOP Committee Chairs must be just as aggressive and utilize the new rules set by the J6 panel in their quest for answers from the least transparent administration in the history of our republic. (RELATED: JARED WHITLEY: Term Limits Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up To Be)

For two years, the Biden White House answered to no one — partisan hacks Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer were only interested in spending trillions upon trillions in taxpayer dollars, not questioning anything President Joe Biden and his cronies were up to. And it almost goes without saying at this point that their allies in the biased mainstream media would rather beat fake anti-Trump narratives to death than investigate Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris.

Going forward, Congressmen Jim Jordan, James Comer and anyone else holding a gavel should focus on running their own independent investigations. There’s no need to go hat in hand to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Committees shouldn’t wait for DOJ to reject a document request or hide behind tried and tested excuses like “sorry, it’s an ongoing investigation so we can’t help you,” because those are dilatory tactics designed to obstruct congressional investigations. Instead, go straight to the source of the records being sought and get them yourself.

Subpoena the banks, subpoena the telecommunications companies, subpoena Big Tech and subpoena all the business associates. On the heels of the January 6 Committee, it’s literally impossible to issue too many subpoenas.

Everyone knows the Justice Department’s investigation of Hunter Biden is going nowhere. That’s the reason there was no special counsel appointed for the case despite the obvious need for one – so the Biden White House through the president’s hand-picked Attorney General Merrick Garland could control what happens.

The new rules of the game, thanks to Pelosi, Congressman Bennie Thompson and former Congresswoman Liz Cheney are as follows: issue subpoenas, conduct closed door depositions, release information to the press — and repeat. And thanks to the J6 Committee, no pressure should be felt to hold any hearings any time soon.

Thompson and Cheney ran their probe like a grand jury, so Republican chairs should follow suit. Furthermore, because of the new “Bannon-Navarro Doctrine,” individuals or entities who fail to comply with subpoenas for documents or testimony must be held in contempt of Congress and criminal referrals must be acted upon without delay.

When it comes to the Biden family corruption investigation, the American people have been hearing about Hunter’s infamous laptop for nearly three years now and deserve to know the truth.

So, go get the bank records and see what foreign countries the wire transfers are coming from because every American should know if the president is compromised due to his family’s lucrative overseas business entanglements.

If you think the Biden administration is honest enough to police itself, think again. And if you think the liberal corporate media’s going to ask any truly inconvenient questions of this president, you guessed wrong. Only hard-nosed congressional oversight can provide some much needed transparency.

Eventually hearings can be held but not on someone else’s timetable. Individuals like former Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski should be public witnesses for certain, but don’t fall into the swamp’s trap.

Playing by pre-January 6 Committee rules gets you newspaper headlines like “An inauspicious start to House GOP hearings” and coverage of bogus polls that manufacture results like “the public felt, by 56 percent to 36 percent, the newly created select subcommittee on the ‘weaponization of the federal government’ was ‘just an attempt to score political points,’ rather than a legitimate committee.”

These are the same liberal media organizations that found candidate Joe Biden beating President Trump by 17 points in Wisconsin on the eve of the 2020 election even though the race in the Badger State was decided by less than one percentage point.

Attempting to label a subcommittee with a proper ratio of Republican and Democrat members as illegitimate after running cover for the January 6 Committee and its lopsided makeup is journalistic malpractice at its worst.

The new subcommittee led by Chairman Jordan consists of twelve Republicans and nine Democrats; the J6 Committee consisted of seven Democrats and two Trump-hating Republicans. The latter is the poster child of what an illegitimate congressional committee really looks like.

The lack of congressional oversight and scrutiny from the mainstream media for the past two years has paved the way for a nation in crisis. The House GOP must now ask the tough questions and finally hold those responsible accountable.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President in 2016. @David_Bossie @Citizens_United

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