Exactly what McCarthy intends to do about this isn’t clear. This isn’t a federal investigation, it’s not under the control of the Department of Justice, and it won’t do much good to stand Merrick Garland up in front of a committee and yell at him.
Of course, McCarthy’s mention that he will investigate the use of “federal funds” immediately suggests that the he intends to withhold funds from New York City until he gets a promise that the leader of his party is above the law. Put it all together and:
The party of law and order and family values is threatening to blackmail a DA into dropping charges in a case that started with paying hush money to a porn star to cover up an extramarital affair.
Honestly, are their any remaining branches on the tawdry tree that haven’t been hit?
McCarthy is making these threats even though he has no idea what charge is being leveled or what evidence there is to support it. He’s making it before there has even been an indictment. The grand jury seated for this case has been hearing testimony from dozens of witnesses for weeks. (Though they didn’t hear from Trump, because he refused to appear.) It’s entirely possible, even likely, that the grand jury is aware of crimes that haven’t even been mentioned in previous public records.
That doesn’t matter to McCarthy. All that does matter is that Trump said hop. He hopped.
However, if McCarthy really does want to investigate the use of federal funds to subvert our democracy, there’s at least one place he could look. Find out who pays these guys: The 147 Republicans Who Voted to Overturn Election Results
One of them is named Kevin McCarthy. He shouldn’t be too hard to find.
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