FEC commissioner claims commission has been 'weaponized' against Republicans

September 21, 2023
Ryan Ledendecker

Former President Donald Trump and his allies have long insisted that government agencies have been "weaponized" against him and other Republicans, and it looks like he was just proven right by an unlikely source. 

According to the Washington Examiner, Commissioner James "Trey" Trainor, the second-longest serving commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, sparked headlines when he admitted that, in his experience, his own department had been weaponized against Republicans.

Trainor made the bombshell revelation during a House Oversight Committee meeting this week.

The FEC commissioner broke with the "general" opening statements of the other five commissioners during the hearing, opting to expose what he believes is clear political targeting.

"Stark" problem

Trainor held nothing back as he described what he's witnessed at the FEC, saying, "the problem is stark."

"It's the growing weaponization of the government to harass and hinder the political participation of our citizenry in the democratic process. The Federal Election Commission has become a weapon," he told the committee.

Trainor warned that there doesn't appear to be an end in sight as far as the ongoing prosecution of certain political actors.

"Make no mistake, the current headlines about the criminal prosecution of political actors reflects a trend that is going to continue for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, the commission has become part of that problem," he said.

Trainor pointed to an agreement between the Biden administration and the FEC, which he says allows for the "secret" sharing of information regarding certain investigations.

Growing demand

The FEC commish also noted that there has been an uptick in the demand for partisan investigations.

"This is not just a hypothetical situation, requests by the Department of Justice for us to stand aside so they can pursue a target are on the rise," Trainor said.

Pointing to several examples, Trainor added, "Such complaints are typically filed by ideological organizations that see an opportunity to have the legwork done on the taxpayer’s tab without regard to whether those allegations are true."

Hopefully, House Republicans react swiftly to Trainor's jaw-dropping revelations, as the situation appears to be getting worse by the day. Americans deserve better.

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