prosecutors are upset that Congress, whose job literally includes
oversight of the Justice Department and FBI, want DOJ to “open our
interference in an investigation is a threat, and Congress needs
to be careful to avoid that. But that doesn’t justify stonewalling
of Congress by the FBI, the DOJ, and the special prosecutor.
Congress, elected by the people, has oversight authority over
these executive agencies, and it’s dangerous when prosecutors
behave as though they are above the people.
as is its right and duty, has demanded documents and information
from Justice. DOJ, as is normal for executive agencies irritated
by Congress, resisted and slow-walked the document production,
often offering worries about national security secrets.
some of these documents came to light, it became clear that
Justice wasn’t protecting sources and methods. What they wereprotecting is a matter
of conjecture, but the suspicion is that they were protecting
their topmost management.
DOJ did not want former FBI Director James Comey’s memos about his
meetings with President Trump (beyond those that he and his
friends had already leaked to the press) to be made public. The
DOJ didn’t want it known that the so-called Russian dossier,
containing salacious allegations against Trump, was a piece of
opposition research for Hillary Clinton and was probably the main
foundation for its wiretap application on Trump associate Carter
while there are valid reasons for Justice to tell Congress to butt
out, there are also invalid reasons, and we’ve seen those in the
delving too deeply into the weeds of the Russia-collusion-Comey
imbroglio, a general point needs to be kept in mind. Our massive
sprawling federal bureaucracy, from the DOJ to the DOD, to EPA to
the IRS, is too unaccountable to the institutions of democracy.
The bureaucracy is substituting government by officialdom for
government by the people.
problem does not have to be as extensive and dangerous as is
suspected by those who believe in a biased “Deep State” conspiracy
against the elected president. But even so, bureaucrats,
prosecutors, and Cabinet officials who see themselves as the
well-meaning experts rather than as public servants are a problem.
Their mindset sees democratic accountability as an irritant and a
roadblock to smart policymaking or necessary police powers. It’s
an understanding of government that paints the representatives of
the people as barbarians at the gates.
other half of the problem is Congress, which sacrifices its powers
of oversight by abusing it for partisan ends and by abandoning it
out of political timidity or lack of attention.
have repeatedly implored Congress to take up its duty again to
provide day-to-day steady oversight of the executive. It doesn’t
make the evening news, it doesn’t juice fundraising, and it may
not rally voters, but a congressman’s job isn’t about making the
evening news, raising money, and getting re-elected.
importantly, Congress needs to retake the reins on war. Too few
members stood with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and others who said that
Trump needs congressional authorization if he is to attack Syria.
Both parties allowed former President Barack Obama to fight the
Libya war without authority. This is abuse of the Constitution.
Congress often uses the excuse of oversight to score political
points. But if the choice must be between politicians playing
politics and our executive branch officers, especially
prosecutors, becoming a law unto themselves, we’ll take the
by Scrooblemeyer to politics