Mike Johnson vows retribution, oversight action in wake of Trump verdict

 June 3, 2024

Former President Donald Trump's conviction last week in a New York courtroom has spurred a host of reactions ranging from giddy celebration on the left to an aggressive influx of financial contributions from the Republican base.

It now appears that in addition to a groundswell of support from rank-and-file GOP voters, Trump has the full backing of House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), who has pledged retribution for what he views as the weaponization of the justice system against his party's presumptive nominee, as Fox News reports.

Johnson holds forth

In the wake of Trump's conviction on 34 counts of falsifying business documents, Johnson sat for an h interview with host Shannon Bream of Fox News Sunday, and he weighed in on how Republican lawmakers are likely to respond to the trial outcome.

Johnson made heavy reference to the lower chamber's oversight powers and indicated a broad-based willingness to use them to combat prosecutorial corruption of the type seen in the former president's New York case.

Vowing a deliberate approach to what he sees as a growing problem, Johnson said, “We are the rule of law party. Chaos is not a conservative value. We have to fight back, and we will with everything in our arsenal.”

“But,” he assured viewers, “we will do that within the confines of the rule of law.”

In attempt to differentiate his party from that of the opposition, the speaker added, “We believe in institutions. We are conservatives, and we are trying to conserve the greatest country in the history of the world. And its institutions are an important part of that. Our system of justice is an important part of that.”

Accountability efforts afoot

Johnson also made reference to efforts already launched by Jim Jordan (R-OH), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, to probe the conduct of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and the rest of the team that pursued Trump in the so-called “hush money” case.

A hearing is set for June 13 to which Bragg and Matthew Colangelo, a former top Justice Department official who curiously left his job to become a line prosecutor on the Trump case, have been summoned to provide testimony, as The Hill reports.

The weaponization subcommittee of the Judiciary panel is seeking information from both men on what Jordan characterized as the “unprecedented political prosecution of Donald Trump,” and though Republicans have sought information from Bragg in the past, given that the case is still likely to be the subject of an appeal process, it is unclear whether he will cooperate with the chairman's request.

Senators pledge action

It is not just Johnson and his House oversight allies who appear prepared to exact revenge over what so many believe to have been the corrupt and politically driven prosecution of Trump, as Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has also spearheaded an initiative to impose severe consequences on those he believes played a role in bringing the case against the former president.

As Fox News reported separately, Lee has made no secret of the disgust he feels over what occurred in New York last week, something he says was the product of a broader Democrat-led strategy to get Trump at all costs.

In a letter also signed by several other GOP lawmakers, Lee declared that going forward, the progress of all Biden nominees and appropriations proposals will be obstructed as a means of protesting the injustice they believe was done – and continues to be done – at the behest of the administration and the Democrat Party.

“Strongly worded statements are not enough,” Lee said. “Those who turned our judicial system into a political cudgel must be held accountable,” and that is a bold statement of principle with which millions of Americans now assuredly agree.

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