The U.S. House under Republican control continues to be a shit show of epic proportions. I don't know what Democrats were thinking voting for Mike Johnson (R-LA) for Speaker; let's hope they were thinking "give them enough rope and they'll hang themselves". Speaker Johnson, it appears, is taking that rope and running with it.
In a prime example of "saying the quiet part out loud", he has stated his intention to release security footage of Jan 06, but insists that the insurrectionists will have their faces blurred to prevent the DOJ of charging them
(with the crimes they obviously committed). Here's a direct quote:
We have to blur some of the faces of persons who participated in the events of that day because we don’t want them to be retaliated against and to be charged by the DOJ and to have other concerns and problems.
They tried to walk it back later, but of course it was too late, and rang as hollowly insincere:
After Johnson’s remarks, his deputy chief for communications clarified that the blurring would be done to prevent all forms of retaliation, and that Justice already had access to raw footage.
“Faces are to be blurred from public viewing room footage to prevent all forms of retaliation against private citizens from any non-governmental actors. The Department of Justice already has access to raw footage from January 6, 2021,” Deputy Chief for Communications Raj Shah wrote in a tweet.
I wonder if they'll blur Josh Hawley's face as he's running away?
Certain republicans *cough*MTG*cough*
have been trying to impeach President Biden since the moment he took his oath of office. It's part of their "vengeance" playbook to go tit-for-tat, since TFG was impeached twice. Speaker McCarthy wasn't interested in pursuing it; guess who is
The U.S. House will vote next week on formally authorizing its impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, Speaker Mike Johnson said Tuesday, asserting Republicans have “no choice” but to push ahead as the White House has rebuffed their requests for information.
Johnson and the rest of the Republican leadership team had been contemplating in recent weeks whether to hold a formal vote on their months-long inquiry into the president, which has centered on the business dealings of other family members. Their investigation so far has yet to produce any direct evidence of wrongdoing by Biden himself.
They have no evidence, but hey - that's what inquiries are for, right? They couldn't find anything doing an "investigation", so maybe an "impeachment inquiry" will do what the investigation couldn't. That's sane, right?
Maybe they think this will tarnish President Biden just enough so that their Orange Deity of Dumpster Fires will get put back in the White House. They hope that it won't tarnish them, but when you decide to sling shit, you get your hands brown and dirty. I hope the electorate is smart enough to see through this.