In 2015, Donald J. Trump was viewed by many in Washington, D.C. as a hero – at least in some circles. I know that’s hard to imagine. But several months before he decided to announce his historic (and unconventional) successful run for the presidency, Trump was busily overseeing the renovation of the old Post Office Pavilion Building in the nation’s capital.
A legendary building and a real beauty, the site had been left in disrepair for years. Trump revivified it and brought a newfound elegance and grace to it.
Then, he ran for president and had the temerity to win and the nation’s capital which had been venerating him for his efforts to remodel such a historic building and bring new revenue to a part of the city that needed it quickly turned on him.
A Crowning Achievement De-Crowned
For Trump, the D.C. property was a crowning achievement and big move into a new, iconic city for his brand which had defined the skyline of Manhattan and several other major cities around the world.
Of course, his brand soon became associated with the Far Right and the Establishment went into overdrive to turn it into a curse rather than a blessing. Even when he was president and had no direct association with the iconic property in Washington, D.C. that he had put on the proverbial map again, the Democrats could not leave well-enough-alone.
As part of their endless war on Donald Trump, individual Democrats on Capitol Hill used an obscure rule going back to 1928 that allows for elected leaders in the Legislative Branch to individually sue a sitting president.
Using this arcane law—that has only been used twice before in our country’s history under extreme cases of corruption—the Democrats filed a lawsuit against the Trump Organization’s Washington, D.C. property.
Specifically, the Congressional Democrats wanted the privately-owned Trump Organization to reveal details about the lease they had obtained for the Washington, D.C. property.
The law in question has never managed to go through the courts. In the two instances where Congressional leaders did sue sitting presidents, each of the two cases was resolved before going to court, through negotiated settlement.
The lawsuit about the now former Trump property in Washington, D.C. (it has since become a Waldorf-Astoria hotel) was first issued in 2017, at the very start of the Democrats’ jihad against then-President Trump.
In June of this year, the Democrats who had originally filed the lawsuit had dropped it.
Interestingly, it was the Biden Administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) who had begged for the lawsuit to have been dropped.
Using the Tools They Used Against Trump, On Biden
According to insiders, the Biden Administration feared that the House Republicans would use the precedent set by the Democrats against Trump to deploy the same law that the Democrats had used on the forty-fifth president, only against President Joe Biden, a man whose family is under increasing legal scrutiny.
The Biden Administration requested that the United States Supreme Court step in and overturn an appellate court’s ruling that said the Democrats could have gone forward with their lawsuit against the Trump Organization.
And the Supreme Court dismissed the case against the Trump Organization.
It was the right thing to do for multiple reasons, not least of which because the property in question was no longer owned by the Trump Organization.
Yet, one cannot help but to worry that the SCOTUS was played by the Democrats.
After all, with the severe and growing number of investigations into Hunter Biden, as well as the incredible amount of stonewalling that the DOJ and FBI has done in those cases on behalf of the Biden Family, it stands to reason that Republican members of the House Oversight Committee can—and should—sue Biden in the same way the Democrats sued Trump.
The obscure 1928 law is a perfect cudgel to use as the Republicans seek ways to overcome the resistance of the bureaucracy which is keen on protecting Hunter Biden as a way of defending President Joe Biden from the righteous attacks of the Congressional Republicans.
The House Republicans Must Go After Biden
The House GOP should not be dissuaded by the fact that the Supreme Court dismissed the case. The context in that case was different from what the Republicans are investigating.
What’s more, they should see through the blatant attempts by the Biden Administration to push the House GOP away from using this law against President Biden, which could be catastrophic for the administration—especially if the Republicans made it to court and had a favorable ruling.
Whereas there was absolutely nothing to the Democrats’ lawsuit against the Trump Organization other than sheer pettiness, there are real concerns that President Biden, through his wayward son, Hunter, was possibly engaged in a decades-long, illicit international influence-peddling scheme to leverage access to his political offices in exchange for barrels of money from foreign governments (like that of China) and multinational firms alike.
Deploying this little-known law against the Biden Administration just might be what the GOP needs to goose their investigations into Hunter Biden along and to circumvent the DOJ and FBI’s obvious obstruction of the House GOP investigation.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (Encounter Books), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.