The DOJ and the FBI have been weaponized to essentially quash political dissent.
- On June 23, federal agents stormed the Virginia home of former Department of Justice official and legal scholar Jeffrey Clark in the early morning hours, searching his house and seizing multiple electronic devices in the process.
- On June 22, the FBI executed a search warrant on June 22 against legal scholar and professor John Eastman for his role in advising the Trump administration on legally contesting the 2020 presidential elections. (Eastman has filed a motion for return of property, claiming that the federal agent refused to show him their search warrant before seizing his cell phone, as required by the law.)
Clark, as a member of the Justice Department, and Eastman as a Trump advisor, explored legal remedies that involved fielding alternate electors in states with contested elections. Ill-advised and fruitless, but it was not at all illegal.
These events are part of a much wider DOJ investigation known as the “fake electors scandal.” However,, these were alternate electors that would be ready in the event that legal challenges in certain states opened up the possibility of a GOP win. This is called legal maneuvering. This is all to intimidate local leaders and criminalize legal maneuvering.
Contentious elections are nothing new.
In 1960 an initial vote tally showed that Richard Nixon won the three electoral votes from the state of Hawaii. While a recount was underway, the official Republican electors and a competing Democrat slate of electors were sent to the Administrator of General Services. Eventually, Kennedy was named the winner, the unofficial Democrat electors were appointed for Hawaii and a new certification process was rushed through to be included in the final tally.
- During the joint session on January 6, 2017, seven House Democrats moved to object to electoral votes from seven different states
- The last Republican to win the White House without Democrat objection was George H.W. Bush in 1988.
The political retaliation of the Biden Administration is another bad look for our country and it needs to stop. Republicans or Democrats need to be protected and allowed to legally contest elections, especially one that is fraught with so much irregularity.