House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid House Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power MORE now wants Americans to believe Democrats are serious about cleaning up corruption in Washington. In response to the verdict against Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ investigating one-time Trump campaign adviser over alleged ties to Qatar: report Foreign lobbyists donated over M during 2020 election: report Former Mueller prosecutor representing Donoghue in congressional probes: report MORE and the plea deal by Michael Cohen, she declared that Trump administration and Republicans have shown an “unprecedented culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence is characteristic of the dysfunctional political system in Washington. Democrats are committed to fighting For the people to restore dignity to our democracy and give power back to the people.”
That is rich. Since when have Democrats shown a desire to drain the swamp? It certainly was not on display when the ongoing Internal Revenue Service targeting scandal came to light. Democrats, both in the executive branch and in the Congress, worked instead to hamper the investigation and protect those who had engaged in serial wrongdoing. Lois Lerner was allowed to retire with her benefits intact.
Moreover, former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderChristie, Pompeo named co-chairs of GOP redistricting group Democrats look to state courts as redistricting battle heats up On The Trail: Census kicks off a wild redistricting cycle MORE, who ordered an FBI “investigation” so incompetent that its investigators never even bothered to interview victims of the IRS targeting and whose final report said that rather than being a problem Lerner was a hero, said earlier this year that the Justice Department of the Trump administration was wrong to have apologized to Tea Party groups who had been targeted, calling the apology “unnecessary, unfounded and inconsistent.”
Or where was the desire by Democrats to combat corruption when we found out Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE improperly used a private email server? We learned that there was an “anomaly” on her server discovered by the intelligence community inspector general that led him to believe that virtually every single one of the emails that went through that server was sent surreptitiously to a foreign entity unrelated to Russia. There was corruption in her decision to set up the unsecured email server in her basement in violation of longstanding security protocols. There was corruption in the ramshackle FBI “investigation” into it. Democrats continue to deny that she put national security at risk.
The Democrats were equally silent about Holder when the House held him in contempt of Congress attorney general for obstructing an oversight investigation into the “Fast and Furious” operation in 2012. Rather than take a stand, more than 100 Democrats simply left the chamber and refused to vote. Where was Pelosi trying to root out corruption then?
Similarly, the Democrats have remained silent about the manner in which the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to surveil Carter Page, a private American citizen, was secured. Release of the redacted documents revealed that the FBI agents who prepared the applications did not make clear to the court that much of the information regarding Page had come straight from an opposition research document funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, information former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April MORE himself referred to as “salacious” and “unverified.” Democrats did not wail with outrage when this corruption of the FISA process was revealed. Instead, they doubled down and defended the application.
Speaking of Comey, why have Democrats not called for an investigation into his now publicly acknowledged leaks of classified information, which he engaged in for the purpose of having his memos published in the media? Crickets. I hear nothing but crickets. Perhaps most importantly, Democrats remain shockingly silent about the disregard of President Obama showed for national security when he put classified intelligence at risk by communicating with Clinton on email through her unsecured private server while she was head of the State Department.
The Democrats, for years, have turned a blind eye to the lawbreaking and systemic corruption that stems from the wholesale disregard of our immigration laws. Basically every single Democrat in the House and Senate today benefits from an illegal exemption from ObamaCare, which is a case of institutional corruption so pervasive that members of Congress and their staffs regularly lie to their constituents who ask about it. I know because I have been tracking their responses for years.
It is obvious that Democrats believe there is one set of rules for themselves and another set of rules for everyone else. Americans see through their hypocrisy. The Democrats have “resisted” Donald TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE from the moment he won the election. In fact, it seems they began resisting him with their “insurance policy” even before he was elected. They simply do not want him to be president, and that is their right. If they want to wage the battle of the 2018 midterms on that front, then that is their choice. But let us get over this silly idea that returning Pelosi as Speaker would suddenly usher in an era of cleanliness and godliness in the swamp. History shows otherwise.
Jenny Beth Martin is president of Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund.