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 MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' MORE has finally been released. It shows that Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' House Democrats must insist that Robert Mueller testifies publicly Why Mueller may be fighting a public hearing on Capitol Hill MORE told the truth to the public weeks ago when he said the investigation found no collusion and President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address 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 NealRepublicans attempt to amend retirement savings bill to include anti-BDS language House votes to boost retirement savings Steyer plans impeachment push targeting Democrats over recess 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 WatersTrump appeals order siding with House Democrats bank subpoenas Republicans spend more than million at Trump properties Exclusive: Carson seeks to clean up testimony on protections for homeless transgender people MORE and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Trump declassification move unnerves Democrats Trump appeals order siding with House Democrats bank subpoenas 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 CummingsTrump goes scorched earth against impeachment talk Nancy Pelosi fends off impeachment wave — for now House Democrats, Trump lawyers ask appeals court to expedite subpoena case 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 NadlerDemocrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Trump asks if Nadler will look into Clinton's 'deleted and acid washed' emails Trump tweets conservative commentator's criticism of FBI director 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.