Adam Kinzinger, the former Republican member of Congress from Illinois who when in office was among the only nationally serving Republicans willing to go against Trump on key issues, spoke out this weekend about some of the clamoring from Trump’s corners in the GOP against possible criminal charges for the former president-turned-candidate.
Trump is possibly facing charges expected, should they emerge, to be connected to hush money illegally provided to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election. Predictably, the Trump brigade within the Republican Party quickly mobilized. “The American people deserve a government that actually works for them NOT a bunch of self centered communists who bail out their donors, protect the elites, and weld their power to punish their political enemies!” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) ignorantly insisted. Typos aside, the substance of her statement is obviously ridiculous. What these people are so passionately targeting is the basic functioning of U.S. law.
“The threats this morning from the GOP to interfere in the arrest or to investigate are sickening,” Kinzinger remarked. “This is NOT the law and order party. But as you hear their threats remember, they literally have no power to interfere or do anything. [Greene] is all bark, no bite.”
It’s not just Greene, though. House Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also complained about what could soon be transpiring, saying online that he was “directing relevant committees to immediately investigate if federal funds are being used to subvert our democracy by interfering in elections with politically motivated prosecutions.” The mere fact of something like security preparations for a possible Trump arrest doesn’t mean there is an active conspiracy to target Trump underlying the probe. You can’t just assert political bias into existence, as Trump has found multiple times with the rejections in court of arguments of such motivations from Letitia James, New York’s attorney general scrutinizing his business. And the mere fact of a difference in political affiliation between the investigator and a subject isn’t enough to prove, well, anything, as came up in Georgia in Fani Willis’s 2020 election probe.
The threats this morning from the GOP to interfere in the arrest or to investigate are sickening. This is NOT the law and order party.
But as you hear their threats remember, they literally have no power to interfere or do anything. @RepMTG is all bark, no bite
— Adam Kinzinger #fella (@AdamKinzinger) March 18, 2023