The Biggest Political Scandal of Our Time

Published: July 11, 2023

By Jim Lichtman
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Who is this man and where is he taking the trash?

The US House Select Committee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government was formed as part of an agreement between Republican hard-liners in the House and Kevin McCarthy in exchange for McCarthy’s House speakership, a job he has long coveted. McCarthy sure lucked into that one.

Thus far the Tin Foil Hat Committee, as dubbed by Democrats, has scurried around the conspiracy chat rooms to find whatever they can find . . . wherever they can find it . . . no matter the lack of clear and compelling evidence . . . that can be used to investigate the investigators who have investigated and continue to investigate their Victim-in-Chief, Donald Trump.

On the list is the Justice Department, the FBI, the intelligence community and now . . . it has trained its tin foil spear at . . . The National Archives and Records Administration . . . very likely a “rats nest” of questionable information disseminated to politically motivated individuals to utilize for fake indictments.

You know House Republicans are reaching the bottom of the conspiracy barrel when they accuse the federal agency charged with securing government records with political motivations.


After Trump’s indictment on charges of not returning classified, top-secret documents, even after photos were released, even after Trump bragged that he could declassify anything just “by just thinking about it,” even after boasting about it on tape, Republican hardliners claim that the archives—which is a big library—is politically motivated.

“It wasn’t just the FBI carrying out the raid, but it was requested by the National Archives to be able to engage with these records and that triggered something with the FBI,” Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., told [Archives] nominee [now, new head of the archives], Colleen Shogan.

Yes, Senator. It was “triggered” after former president Trump refused to honor repeated requests over more than a year and a half by the archives to return a trove of top-secret documents kept in his Florida home resulting in an FBI search that discovered boxes of documents held in unsecured areas like a bathroom.

However, there is one area the subcommittee has overlooked, and it’s a big one.

What about the crew of maintenance workers who clean offices in the dead of night? They have access to hundreds, thousands of documents every week that have been indiscriminately tossed in wastebaskets by Senators and House members and staff. Where are they taking those documents? Are the outside trash bins secure? Who’s watching the security of the trash bins? What day are the trash bins emptied and who handles the trash on the other end?

If committee chair Jim Jordan is fervently interested in investigating government collusion, his select committee should investigate the political weaponization of all trash in ALL House and Senate members’ offices. Trashgate is the biggest political scandal of our time!


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