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Do you think a 4th branch of the federal government, dedicated to continuously investigating the other three?

I'd call it the "Investigatory Branch", and it would subject every elected and appointed member of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches to constant investigation on everything they do in their public and certain aspects of their personal lives. We clearly need this, whether you believe all the made up Obama and Clinton scandals, or the very real Bush and Trump scandals.

It would be set up to give the other branches as little influence as possible. The nominees would be selected from a national pool of sworn apolitical and nonpartisan law enforcement professionals, vetted by INTERPOL. The members would be banned from having any membership or involvement with political parties beyond voting in primaries and elections. They would not be political appointees, but be career civil servants.

If the Investigatory Branch found wrongdoing, they'd be required to publish their findings within 96 hours, and to issue recommendations to either congress or the Supreme Court on whether the official being investigated should be removed from office or charged with a crime. They would also have the authority to remove criminals from the higher levels government.

This branch would have no operational secrecy, and be required to publish every internal document without redaction within a year. In other words, everyone else would watch the watchers.

Update:

This would be created through an Article 5 Constitutional Convention. The politicians would not have a choice.

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  • Conservatives think that already exists to discredit their lying cheating politicians. They call it the "Dee state".

    Progressives are already trying to do that work. They call it "We the People".

    But it is a good idea. Similar to one I have thought about. But yours is much more thorough. The problem has always been finding the good cops. But with our modern lie detector technology it should be easier. The bad ones will always try to infiltrate and influence. Just like the conservative Christians have done to the GOP.

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  • 2 years ago

    It’s cute that you think a body of corrupt individuals will pass legislation that would end their careers.

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  • 2 years ago

    Yes.

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  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    That's supposed to be the media, which Republicans just dismiss as "fake news" when it reports on their politicians.

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