Since leaving public office, former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has remained in staunch opposition to the direction of her party and Saturday she further made her distaste for President Joe Biden’s administration and his allies known as she accused them of utilizing “a political hit squad” for selective law enforcement.
On Friday, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was found guilty of two counts of contempt of Congress after he chose not to answer the subpoena from the Jan. 6 committee. He could face two years in prison while former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Director of the CIA John Brennan, both serving under then-President Barack Obama, were never charged, let alone convicted, for allegedly lying to Congress, and Gabbard would not let that pass unaddressed.
“Whatever you think of Bannon,” she tweeted Saturday, “the fact he was charged with contempt of Congress, but Clapper, Brennan & others who lied to Congress have never been charged, shows how the Biden admin / elite have shamelessly weaponized law enforcement into a political hit squad.”
Whatever you think of Bannon, the fact he was charged with contempt of Congress, but Clapper, Brennan & others who lied to Congress have never been charged, shows how the Biden admin / elite have shamelessly weaponized law enforcement into a political hit squad.
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) July 23, 2022
The former congresswoman and one-time presidential hopeful didn’t let the matter rest there and she followed up with a video Sunday morning to go into further detail on the claims leveled against the former Obama era officials.
“No matter what you think or feel about Steve Bannon, the fact that he has been found guilty of contempt of Congress yet others have faced no consequences at all – people like James Clapper for example,” she explained, “sat before the U.S. Senate under oath and lied directly about an NSA program that was conducting mass collection on millions of Americans. Or John Brennan for example. As CIA director he spied on Senate staffers, lied about it and also broke into Senate computers to read emails from whistleblowers to members of Congress.”
Steve Bannon has been charged with contempt of Congress & found guilty, while Brennan, Clapper & others who lied to Congress have never been charged or prosecuted. This just shows yet again how the DOJ has been weaponized by those in power to go after their political opponents. pic.twitter.com/aJXJGUqOTb
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) July 24, 2022
“Now both Clapper and Brennan kept their jobs and to this day still have faced no consequences at all what to speak of being charged and prosecuted and found guilty of the crimes that they committed,” Gabbard outlined. “Now this is just the latest example, unfortunately, of how our Department of Justice has become a political weapon being used by those in power to go after their political enemies.”
As Fox News detailed, Clapper and Brennan had been accused of lying to Congress in March 2013 as they testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“Last summer, the NSA director was at a conference and he was asked a question about the NSA surveillance of Americans,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) asked at the time. “He replied, and I quote here, ‘The story that we have millions of hundreds of millions of dossiers on people is completely false.’ …So what I wanted to see is if you could give me a yes or no answer to the questions, does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions of hundreds of millions of Americans?”
“No, sir. Not wittingly,” Clapper replied before Brennan denied the same. Clapper would later go on to admit in a letter to Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein of giving a “clearly erroneous” response to Wyden that he needed to “openly correct.”
However, they have refuted accusations of lying and instead characterized their statements as “mistakes.”
“I didn’t like, I made a big mistake,” Clapper told CNN in 2019, “and I just simply didn’t understand what I was being asked about.”
In June, Gabbard had made her position on adherence to the law clear and how Democrats were straying from it on “Jesse Watters Primetime” when she said, “We need to stay within the bounds of the Constitution and the rule of law. I think the thing that I frankly have heard from some Democrats is an even more dangerous thing that that fear that you’re talking about, which is they feel like that they need to do whatever they need to do in order to save America. And that is a dangerous mindset to have.”
“You look throughout history, just about every single dictator who does whatever they feel they need to do,” Gabbard expressed drawing an intentional comparison to efforts by progressives to subvert the Constitution, “they feel like their cause is just, and so when we have people in positions of power — yes, in government, but in other sectors of our society as well, who feel like they need to do all they can to save the country, to save the people, and yet they are defying our Constitution and undermining our democracy and ruining our country in the process.”
“This,” she concluded, “is what we need to protect ourselves and our country and our future from.”
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