All this month, the Congressional Integrity Project is introducing one of Donald Trump’s staunchest allies – Representative James Comer. Just last month, the American people rejected the extreme MAGA agenda and said they want our leaders to focus on solving the real problems they face. But MAGA Republicans aren’t listening. As soon as they won the House, they immediately turned to the Trump playbook of political attacks, stunts, and partisan warfare. Investigations under the new Republican-led committees will be conducted following the Trump playbook: divisive and politically motivated attacks on President Biden, his family, and his administration at any cost, all to increase Comer’s own power to pursue the radical agenda of his MAGA allies.
When Donald Trump says to “jump,” James Comer will ask “how high.” The former president constantly spouts conspiracy theories on his social media platform that aim to divide Americans and spread his “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from him – but James Comer does nothing but provide excuses for Donald Trump’s radical comments and extremist agenda.
- James Comer Backed Trump’s False Claims of Voter Fraud. After the 2020 election, Rep. Comer backed Trump’s false claims of voter fraud, encouraging Oversight Committee Chairman Jerold Nadler to investigate these baseless allegations in a letter (joined by far-right conspiracist Rep. Jim Jordan) requesting hearings and lengthy examinations of so-called irregularities and improprieties. He even cited debunked claims the Trump campaign made about Pennsylvania absentee ballots that a federal judge described as “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations…unsupported by evidence.” [Letter to Rep. Nadler and Rep. Maloney, 11/18/20; ACLU, 11/27/20]
- Rep. Comer to Newsmax: ‘The Deep State Is Alive and Real’. Comer fed the outrageous conspiracy theory that there is a “deep state” out to get Trump. When the FBI searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate for classified information that did not belong there, Comer said, “The deep state is alive and real, and it’s going to be left up to Republicans, hopefully in a majority, starting in January to try to end this and get us back on the path to where we have confidence in our intelligence communities.” [Newsmax, 8/30/22]
- Comer Made Excuses for Trump Interfering In Department of Justice Investigations. Comer said Trump “may have been joking” when he asked then-FBI Director James Comey to stop investigating former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. [Times Tribune, 5/18/17]
Now, Trump is telling Comer to help him win back the presidency and Comer is ready to play partisan games with the House Committee on Oversight in order to diminish the image of the Biden Administration and attempt to make way for Donald Trump to push his way back into the Oval Office. The American people cannot trust James Comer to work for them when it is clear he will be beholden to Donald Trump and his fellow MAGA Republicans – making excuses for their violent conspiracy theories and helping them attempt to avoid accountability in the courts.