Democrats should be careful wielding more investigations

Democrats should be careful wielding more investigations
© Greg Nash

The redacted version of the report by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE has finally been released. It shows that Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrBrennan's CIA a subject of Barr's review of Russia investigation: report Pelosi releases 'fact sheet' saying Trump has 'betrayed his oath of office' Federal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report MORE told the truth to the public weeks ago when he said the investigation found no collusion and President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' MORE was not guilty of obstruction of justice.

Democrats, most of whom have spent the last two years insisting that both of those things were true, have been stripped of the most significant weapons in their arsenal. Worse, it has now been demonstrated that the biggest weapons in their arsenal were never really weapons at all, and that is just embarrassing. This means Democrats are about to resort to their standard operating procedure of bullying their top political opponents.

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This is nothing new. Democrats in power long have used their clout to harass, intimidate, and threaten their political opponents in furthering their political agenda. In the first two years of the Obama administration, the Internal Revenue Service was targeting its political opponents in violation of their First Amendment rights. Personal and business audits of Tea Party donors, activists, and supporters went through the roof, as did ridiculous questions about the subjects of our discussions and the contents of our prayers. No one has been held accountable to this day.

Remember the story of Brendan Eich, who was forced out of his job as chief executive officer of Mozilla in 2014 after gay rights activists learned of his $1,000 contribution in support of California Proposition 8, which declared marriage to be the union of one man and one woman? Political opponents were not the only ones targeted for bullying by the Obama administration. Journalists with the temerity to report stories that cast its officials and policies in an unflattering light were also bullied. Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson, New York Times reporter James Risen, and Fox News reporter James Rosen were bullied by the Obama administration.

With Democrats now in control of one chamber of Congress, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealHouse progressives to push for floor amendments on Pelosi drug price bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Four companies reach 0M settlement in opioid lawsuit | Deal opens door to larger settlements | House panel to consider vaping tax | Drug pricing markup tomorrow House Democrats ask judge to dismiss Trump lawsuit over NY tax return law MORE is using this newfound power to demand that the Internal Revenue Service turn over the last six years worth of tax returns of Donald Trump, ostensibly so the panel can determine if the agency is properly auditing the returns of the president. But if that is the case, why is Neal insisting on getting his hands on returns for tax years before Trump was even a candidate, let alone the president?

House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOn The Money: Waters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing finance plan | Dems jump into Trump turf war over student loans | House passes bill targeting anonymous shell companies House passes bill taking aim at anonymous shell companies Avoiding the snake in the grass: Let's not allow impeachment to divide us MORE and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe strange case of 'Dr. Trump' and 'Mr. Tweet' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump faces backlash for comparing impeachment to 'lynching' House Republican: Schiff 'should not be leading this whole inquiry' MORE are doing their parts to bully the president, issuing subpoenas for documents from Deutsche Bank, one of the banks used by Trump. House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsBlack lawmakers condemn Trump's 'lynching' remarks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Better Medicare Alliance - Trump's impeachment plea to Republicans Diplomat who raised Ukraine concerns to testify in Trump impeachment probe MORE joined in, issuing a subpoena to Mazars, an accounting firm that has handled the financial statements of Trump. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerOfficials say foreign governments should not investigate presidential political opponents Dem committee chairs blast Trump G-7 announcement Top Democrat holds moment of silence for Cummings at hearing MORE, the granddaddy of them all, is continuing his own investigation into Russia collusion and obstruction of justice, and his fresh subpoena for the full unredacted version of the special counsel report and its underlying documents.

But Democrats should take note and be careful in their investigatory zeal. A new Monmouth University poll asked an interesting question now that Mueller is done with his work. “Should Congress move on to other issues or are there still concerns related to that investigation that Congress should continue to look into?” By a margin of 54 percent to 39 percent, the respondents answered it was time for Congress to move on to other issues. Sometimes, the proper action is not to do something but to just stand there. According to that poll, a majority of the American public appears to get that. Too bad Democratic leaders in Congress do not.

Jenny Beth Martin is the honorary chairman of Tea Party Patriots Action.