One-party control of the nation’s capital will end next week as Democrats are forced to cede control of the House of Representatives to Republicans, but that hasn’t stopped Democrats and President Biden’s administration from making a last-minute push in their final days in office. .
Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee released a partially redacted version of former President Trump’s tax returns on Friday, ending Democrats’ longtime goal of making Trump’s finances public after the former president tried unsuccessfully to block them in court.
“It’s all politics,” said Fox News reporter Mark Penn, a former adviser to President Clinton and Hillary Clinton. “These are the final farewell shots as Democrats lose control of committees and power in the House. Who really cares about Donald Trump’s tax returns before the New Year?”
The release of Trump’s tax documents was not the only attempt by Democrats to score political points before the GOP takes control of the House. The White House released a letter to Republicans on the House Oversight Committee not to respond to existing documents requests, and a political strategist from across the aisle said it appeared the Democratic Party was trying to subvert Republican agendas and priorities. When the 118th Congress convened for the first time on Tuesday.
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Erin Perrin, vice president of Tag Strategies and former communications director for Sen. Ted Cruz, said the Democratic Party’s actions are “a quagmire of partisan pettiness” and do nothing to improve American lives.
“The end of a single government in a Democratic state is mired in partisan pettiness. Instead of fighting the dehumanizing crisis at the Biden border, fentanyl killing an entire generation of Americans, or securing economic prosperity for the future, Democrats are willing to stonewall Republicans. private release a citizen’s tax return and we’re going to blow an even bigger hole in our debt and deficit,” said Perrin, who previously served as the national press secretary for House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. “Really tells the American people everything they need to know about the Democrats’ priorities – cheap political ideas that do nothing to improve the lives of American workers.”
Mark Lotter, who served as a press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence, said the Democrats’ latest actions prove they are “putting America last” because they prioritize other policies.
“Many on the board proved right out of the gate what we’ve known since day one — they put America last,” Lotter said. “From passing a $1.7 trillion spending bill protecting the borders of Middle Eastern countries, not ours, to two years of reckless spending that created historic inflation, liberal leaders in the House of Representatives have divided our nation and sent America into recession. They put it on. it could cost millions of people their homes, pensions and jobs.”
Likewise, Colin Reed, founder of South & Hill Strategies, who served as campaign manager for former Massachusetts GOP Sen. Scott Brown, said Democrats are trying to make the most of their final days in the House majority.
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“There’s a new sheriff coming to town, and House Democrats know they need to make hay while the sun still shines. They want to do two things before they tip the scales: vaccinate the current president from an upcoming surveillance effort involving Biden Inc., and national conversations focus on the former president.” “Ensure that,” Reid said.
“Trump’s tax returns have long been a white whale for partisan Democrats,” he added. “Now that they have finally achieved their goal, the American public will make the final judgment on their political worth and influence. Voters are looking for elected officials who can set a course for the future, not an endless repetition of the past. “
White House special counsel Richard Sauber said in a letter Thursday to House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) that the administration did not plan to respond. Letters requesting information for potential House investigations, telling congressmen they should resend those requests after they take over their committees in the next Congress.
Also in the spotlight as Republicans prepare to take the reins of the House of Representatives is a Jan. 6 committee finding that has relentlessly targeted Trump since the Capitol protests in early 2021.
Benjamin Weingarten of the Claremont Institute compared the release of Trump’s tax returns to the committee’s Jan. 6 goal — which he called a political gambit to attack opponents who have “failed on policy and values.”
“The final act of the House Democrats in the majority was the latest blow in the relentless war against Donald Trump – in the process eroding the very norms and institutions they claim to cherish, bringing a fitting end to their progressive administration. and tells you everything you need to know about their priorities and position as they lose power,” he said.
“This is the committee on the trial of the Soviet exhibition of January 6, which recently reached its solemn conclusion, whose main purpose was never to uncover the truth or bring people to justice, but to politically punish political enemies who were initially declared guilty. And the Biden Justice Department will follow the Democrats’ legal bid to prosecute political opponents.”
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Kevin Seifert, who served as chief of staff to former House Speaker Paul Ryan, said that many of the reasons behind recent decisions by Democrats have to do with President Biden’s “re-election prospects.”
“Democrats are ending this session of Congress as they began it — pushing partisan priorities and ignoring any issue that is inconvenient to their political narrative,” Seifert said. “They want to convince Americans that there is no crisis at the southern border. They want to deny the reality of the looming debt crisis, to convince people that our supply chain problems have been solved, and to prevent Congress from trying to legislate. Instead of finding areas of bipartisan consensus, Democrats are trying to find President Biden’s is giving priority to re-election prospects.
In contrast, Kevin Walling, a Democratic political strategist who serves as vice president of HGCreative, argued that the Democrats’ actions leading up to the start of the new Congress are “the proper role of congressional oversight,” as “the American people have rejected extremism.” kidded at the polls” in the Nov. 8 midterm elections.
“I believe that the actions of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Select Committee on Jan. 6 in the final weeks of the year are more about responsibility and the proper role of congressional oversight than any separation on the horizon with GOP control. I think it has to do with,” Walling said. said. “There’s a fine line between finding the real facts and what the public perceives as partisan control witch hunts, which House Republicans will have to work on in the new Congress.”
Fox News’ Chris Pandolfo, Brianna Herlihy and Patrick Ward contributed to this article.