Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is accusing the Department of Justice of being “weaponized as a political hit squad” against the political opponents of the Biden administration and the Democrats.
During an appearance on Newsmax’s “The Record With Greta Van Susteren” on Monday, Gabbard spoke out about Steve Bannon, a former chief strategist for the Trump White House, being convicted of contempt of Congress. While other politicians, both Republicans and Democrats, have avoided facing significant consequences for not speaking with the Democrat-controlled House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot, Bannon was not so fortunate.
“This is a problem. It’s just the latest example of our Department of Justice being weaponized as a political hit squad, to go after the political opponents of the powers-that-be that are in charge,” Gabbard said.
“’We The People’ need to trust in the rule of law,” she added. “We need to trust that institutions — like the Department of Justice, along with law-enforcement entities — are truly acting in the public’s interest, and that we will all be treated fairly and equally under the law, regardless of any other factors.”
Gabbard, who ran for president as a Democrat in 2020, believes that equal application of the law is essential, as there is no structure in this country without it.
“[A two-tiered justice system] is the telltale sign of an authoritarian regime, and it directly undermines our democracy. That’s what’s at the core of what’s wrong,” she said.
Speaking about the January 6 Committee hearings in general, Gabbard has not placed much importance on the made-for-TV events — pointing out that they aren’t actual legal events if the House Republicans were not able to select their own members to serve on the committee, or if the defense is not able to cross-examine or refute witness testimony.
“This is the politicization of very serious issues” from Congress, said Gabbard, noting that it’s not surprising “how one-sided” the hearings have been.
The former Hawaii congresswoman went on to compare the one-sided nature of the hearings to the one-sidedness of certain mainstream media networks, especially those that employ former Obama administration officials, specifically former CIA director John Brennan and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper.
Gabbard reminded viewers that Clapper “lied” to Congress under oath about government officials allegedly collecting private information about American citizens. She also brought up the fact that, during his tenure in the Obama administration, Brennan lied about the federal government spying on protected individuals.
Despite these allegations, which have substantial evidence to back them up, both Clapper and Brennan are celebrated on TV and are often called on to discuss national security matters.
“It’s mind-blowing to see this double standard at play,” Gabbard said.