Congressman Russ Fulcher 

Originally published in the Gem State Patriot on August 26th, 2023. 

By taking unprecedented steps to repeatedly prosecute former President Donald Trump, the Department of Justice (DOJ) stands as a prime example for why Washington, D.C., is known as “The Swamp.” These are non-elected personnel, acting with clear political bias, using U.S. law as a weapon. The only thing that rivals their level of bias against Trump is their lack of appetite to pursue Biden family indiscretions. 

Every election cycle, Americans select their House, Senate, and Presidential representation. By executing their right to vote, the American people help keep checks and balances on the branches of government. But now we have the likes of… Jack Smith. Yes, Jack Smith. He’s the “special counsel” selected to prosecute Donald Trump. Jack Smith is a guy appointed by another guy that was appointed (A.G. Merrick Garland), and whose politically motivated directives could set precedents that are harmful to our Republic.

Those directives are to use criminal indictments and prosecution to deal with what the White House sees as their “political problem”…Donald Trump. Therein lies the unconstitutional, dangerous precedent. 

Make no mistake, “The Swamp” is afraid of Donald Trump. They know that if he is elected President again, bureaucrat heads will roll. Corrupt leadership within the DOJ, aided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), are selectively “weaponizing” U.S. law against now candidate Trump, in an effort to ensure there is never another Trump presidency.

The motivation to keep Trump “out” is so high, any constitutional boundaries that get in the way are quickly disregarded.

The Constitution outlines three requirements to be President. One must be a natural-born citizen, no younger than 35 years old, and a resident of the United States for at least 14 years. Our Constitution also provides for a process by which a President’s actions can be questioned, investigated and ruled upon. It’s called the impeachment process – granted to the U.S. Congress, ultimately with the power of removal.

The process is not easy, nor should it be… as it can result in supplanting one of the three separate but equal branches of government. The point is… our Founders were wary of oppressive forces, so they made the question of political disputes a hallmark of the U.S. House and Senate – NOT executive prosecutorial discretion.

Political weaponization of the law by the DOJ and prosecutors is exactly what blind lady justice should avoid. Such a path opens a pandora’s box of “what’s next.” Donald Trump is appreciated by some and despised by others, but in his case, the motive of the “D.C. Swamp” is to neutralize his Presidential candidacy.

Thankfully, our Founders built a Divinely inspired system with some safeguards – almost as if they foresaw the corruption that has come to bear. If prosecution results in jail time for Mr. Trump, it doesn’t change the fact that he can still be President. And the prosecutorial process still has the potential of being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

There’s no shortage of issues, problems, arguments, and corruption within American government. But there are also constitutional guidelines and a rule of law that provides for civilized, righteous resolution. The challenge for all of us – is to follow them and hold each other accountable. So… to the DOJ, FBI, Mr. Smith, and all you political prosecutors out there: Leave the politics to Congress, there’s plenty of theft and violent crime in our cities to keep you busy.

Gem State Patriot News is a not-for-profit news resource in Idaho and is published by Bob Neugebauer.