Former President Donald Trump has some rather stunning plans for what he will do if elected in 2024, declaring over the weekend that the Justice Department in a prospective second administration would be particularly busy overseeing reform, as The Hill reports.
Speaking at a campaign even in Iowa, Trump vowed that the DOJ would be tasked with investigating what he characterized as “radical” attorneys general and district attorneys, amid a a full “overhaul” of the agency.
The former president took particular aim at public officials he believes engage in unequal application of the law while carrying out their duties.
Trump told his crowd of supporters, “To stop the Marxist prosecutors who release rapists and murderers while persecuting Republicans, conservatives and people of faith like you, I will direct a completely overhauled DOJ to investigate every radical DA and AG in America for their illegal, racist-in-reverse, enforcement of the law.”
Current GOP primary front runner did not stop there, as he also floated the initiation of a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” designed to tackle corruption in what he has often termed the “deep state.”
The entity, Trump explained, would “shed some light on every dark and rotten corner of Washington, D.C., starting with crooked Joe Biden.”
Seeming to suggest that turnabout is fair play, the former president said in what was presumably a reference to the investigations that have targeted him for years, “and now we could really do that because they've led the path.”
That remark was not the only instance in which Trump delivered something of a threat to turn the tables on Biden should he retake the Oval Office, as was evidenced by a social media post fired off by the former president just last week.
As Newsweek noted, prior to the resumption of proceedings in his civil fraud trial in New York -- one of the many legal entanglements in which he finds himself -- Trump took to his Truth Social platform to make his feelings about the current president clearly known.
Declaring Biden “the most corrupt and incompetent president” Trump blasted the current state of the justice system, which he says has been improperly used by Democrats as a vehicle to target political opponents.
“This is a RIGGED TRIAL, right out of a Banana Republic, but sadly, it gives the Republicans the right to do the same thing when we assume office...And remember, Crooked Joe Biden is the most CORRUPT (and Incompetent!) President in the history of the U.S., VERY FERTILE GROUND THERE, but very bad for our Country! This unfair political Witch Hunt is causing companies to leave New York at a record pace. They don't want this to happen to them!" Trump wrote.
It has been suggested that the vision of a revamped federal government about which Trump spoke is far from mere bluster but is something that has been the subject of significant ongoing planning by a cadre of conservative thinkers and former officials from the last administration, as Newshour explained earlier this year.
Referred to as “Project 2025,” the endeavor has been described as a process designed to put infrastructure in place ahead of time so that the dismantling of the deep state can begin right from the start of Trump's second term.
Russ Vought, a former Trump administration official involved in the planning has said, “The president Day One will be a wrecking ball for the administrative state,” and while that prospect certainly terrifies liberals, it is something countless conservatives believe is long overdue.