Marjorie Taylor Greene moves to seize control of special counsel funding
"My legislation would give Congress the authority and the power to fund special counsels every single year, just like all of our other appropriation bills," Greene said.
Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said Thursday that she wants to move control of special counsel funding from the Department of Justice to Congress.
"To fund a special counsel right now...the people that have control of that is the Department of Justice itself," Greene said on the "John Solomon Reports" podcast. "You hear people yell, 'Defund Jack Smith,' and I've said it before myself. But we are unable to do it because the Department of Justice controls that slush fund."
"My legislation would give Congress the authority and the power to fund special counsels every single year, just like all of our other appropriation bills," she added.
Greene insisted the move is constitutional and not political.
"This is actually the constitutional way, because Congress is in charge of the checkbook, not the Department of Justice itself," she explained. "I had talked about it with President Trump because I wanted him to understand that this is actually not political to move it back to Congress. Because the Democrat-controlled Congress would have control of that just as much as a Republican-controlled Congress would have."
There have been allegations of a "two-tiered system of justice" over the past two years over selective prosecutions from the Biden DOJ from special counsel Jack Smith prosecuting former President Donald Trump and traditional Catholics being labeled as "extremists."
"I believe that's the right thing to do – to put it back under Congress's authority," Greene said. "And it also gives us the power to actually defund Jack Smith or remove David Weiss if we have the financial controls over Special Counsel."