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Wed Aug 1, 2018, 03:27 PM

Rep. Duncan Hunter's summer of discontent

On the House floor last week, Rep. Duncan Hunter packed a remarkable condemnation of the U.S. Department of Justice into a one-minute speech.

The law enforcement agency, he said, “is corrupt, answerable to no one and uses the law to extort the American people and effect political change.”

His criticism echoes President Donald Trump’s and is no less ironic: They both lash out at the federal agency — ostensibly under the control of the president — for its investigation into matters relating to the president. Significant, but not mentioned in Hunter’s speech, is that same agency has been investigating him for possible misuse of campaign funds, and maybe more, for at least a year and a half.

The Alpine Republican took the lectern on Thursday to endorse the move by fellow conservatives to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. They contend Rosenstein has not cooperated with Congress by failing to produce all the documents requested. They also maintain he should have recused himself, because of a potential conflict, from overseeing the investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller. The special counsel is looking into possible coordination between the Russian government and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, among other things.


Attacking the federal agency investigating you seems to be a common corrupt Republican trait.

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