What’s going on?
Former President Trump expressed dissatisfaction with Senate Republican leaders on Monday, comparing their approach to that of House Republicans who have been more critical of President Biden.
According to The Hill, in the House, GOP members have been actively calling Biden and the Department of Justice corrupt. They have used the prosecution of Hunter Biden by the DOJ as ammunition, arguing that the sentencing was too lenient among other grievances.
While some Senate GOP members have also been vocal critics of both Bidens, the Senate leadership has taken a more restrained stance compared to their counterparts in the House.
Trump took to Truth Social on Monday to state, “Joe Biden is the most corrupt President in the history of the United States, which is being undeniably proven in the House of Representatives every single day. But with all of these horrible revelations and facts, why hasn’t Republican ‘leadership’ in the Senate spoken up and rebuked Crooked Joe Biden and the Radical Left Democrats, Fascists, and Marxists for their criminal acts against our Country, some of them against me? How long does America have to wait for the Senate to ACT?“
The divide between the House and Senate GOP is further highlighted by the fact that the House tends to be more pro-Trump, with Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) considering an effort to expunge Trump’s impeachments. In contrast, the Senate is led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), a Trump critic who has been openly critical of Trump’s actions on January 6, 2021, making him a frequent target of the former president.
Although Trump’s criticism has been met with a relatively muted response from Senate GOP leadership, he does have some strong allies in the Senate. For instance, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) joined House Oversight Committee Republicans in releasing an unverified tip to the FBI alleging a scheme to bribe President Biden. This move brought stern criticism from the FBI, which emphasized the importance of keeping such information confidential.
The Biden administration has consistently denied any allegations of wrongdoing. Ian Sams, the White House spokesperson for oversight and investigations, stated, “It is remarkable that congressional Republicans, in their eagerness to go after President Biden regardless of the truth, continue to push claims that have been debunked for years and that they themselves have cautioned to take ‘with a grain of salt’ because they could be ‘made up.'”