What to Make of the GOPs ‘Three-Pronged’ Strategy Against the Weaponization of Justice

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Last week, ten Republican senators signed onto a letter stating their refusal to cooperate with Democrats on various business matters in response to the weaponization of the Justice Department against Donald Trump.

“Strongly worded statements are not enough,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said in a post on X/Twitter. "Those who turned our judicial system into a political cudgel must be held accountable. We are no longer cooperating with any Democrat legislative priorities or nominations, and we invite all concerned Senators to join our stand."

On Tuesday, House Republicans followed suit. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) announced a “three-pronged” strategy aimed at addressing the Democrats' efforts to weaponize government agencies against Donald Trump and interfere with the presidential election.

“We’re going to do everything we can, everything within our scope of our responsibility in the Congress, to address it appropriately. And I announced this morning to our conference, we’re working on a three-pronged approach,” Johnson said Tuesday. “We’re looking at various approaches to what can be done here through the appropriations process, through the legislative process, through bills that will be advancing through our committees and put on the floor for passage, and through oversight. All those things will be happening vigorously.”

Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., told Fox News Digital that he understood Johnson’s timeline for his strategy to include both the next six months, while the House GOP still holds its razor-thin majority, and next year, assuming they keep the chamber from flipping to Democratic control.

Norman paraphrased Johnson’s message to Republicans, "It can’t just be words…It’s got to have some action to it, and that’s where legislation comes in. Meaningless resolutions…that’s words. You’ve got to go beyond that."

The South Carolina Republican said Johnson did not raise the issue of a President Biden impeachment, however, despite Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s threats to force a vote on the matter.

Jackson said Johnson also pointed out that the chairs of the relevant committees – like Oversight, Judiciary and Appropriations – were already exploring ways to crack down on the DOJ.

"It’s not going to happen instantaneously. This stuff has to be put together and vetted by the conference and then put on the floor, so on and so forth," Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) told Fox News Digital. "His point was, we’re doing everything we can."

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Trump is reportedly “in the loop” about their plans. What exactly the plan is, well, there aren’t any details to share, and I’m a bit dubious about what they can actually do. Republicans have the slimmest of slim majorities in the House, and have long had trouble being unified. Meanwhile, Democrats control the Senate and the White House. 

While it’s true that House Republicans can hold up legislation, constitutional checks and balances have mattered little to Joe Biden, who literally defied the Supreme Court to cancel student loan debt. I’m having such a hard time feeling confident that the GOP can do anything that I’m not even at the point where I can question whether they actually will.


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