After Comey Firing, Dems Have to Go Nuclear: Here’s How
In my last post, I talked about how this is like the Saturday Night Massacre but worse. For starters no one is quitting this time around like then and Nixon had a Dem Congress to contend with.
This in particular was ironic as Nixon didn’t lift a finger in 1972 for Congressional GOPers. In view of that, it’s less surprising many Republicans at the time were less excited about carrying his water.
But what can Dems do now? Is there anything? Reportedly there is a great deal. Greg Sargent has the details from his interview of Ben Witten.
“President Trump’s Tuesday Night Massacre — his firing of FBI director James Comey — was such a brazen power play in the context of the FBI’s ongoing Russia probe that even some Republicans are troubled by it. While many Democrats are now calling for a special prosecutor to handle the Russia affair, a handful of Republican senators are also suggesting the timing of the firing was suspect; that the firing raises questions about whether further political interference will compromise the FBI’s investigation; or that an independent investigative mechanism must now take over.”
Yes a few Republicans have made some of these noises. Surprisingly, both Lindsay Graham and Susan Collins are not among these few Republicans. But while Richard Burr, for instance, says it’s pretty troubling he is already ruling out a special prosecutor. Talk is cheap especially from Republicans.
I’m sorry is that a very partisan thing to say? As the African American saying goes, only the truth hurts.
As Rachel Maddow puts it, the best way to understand the Trump WH is with the sound down. What they say never has any correspondence to what they’re doing.
“Wittes suggested several ideas to me. He noted that, with all Democrats and a handful of Republicans upset about the Comey firing, there are enough senators “to create a blocking majority for the next FBI director,” who must be confirmed. This blocking majority, Wittes said, could theoretically condition its support for nominees to that post, insisting that the Justice Department produce a fuller accounting of the recommendation into the Comey firing or that the department appoint a special prosecutor on the Russia probe.”
“Alternatively, Wittes noted, individual senators — in either party, but especially in the majority — can employ other tactics to force the issue. They could try to oppose funding for various other Justice Department priorities or block other nominations to the department. “I would not give that cooperation until the Justice Department names a special prosecutor,” Wittes said.
But can they do this without GOP buy in? It’s debatable whether the GOPers who claim to be uncomfortable about Comey’s firing are sincere-again talk is cheap.
“Finally, Democrats — with or without a handful of Republican allies, but preferably with them — can basically try to grind the Senate to a halt, by refusing cooperation on any legislation or nominations or anything, until GOP leaders and/or the White House agree to some form of independent investigation. “Every time they’re asked to cooperate on something, this needs to be front and center,” Wittes says. “They needs to be focused like a laser beam on that every time they’re asked to give unanimous consent.”
Yes, this is something Ted Lieu has been saying since Comey first revealed this investigation back in March.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 10, 2017
No cooperation on anything. Lieu has correctly said no regular order for Trump while we don’t know if he colluded with Russia or not.
“Let’s be clear on one point: This isn’t simply about Trump. It’s also about our democracy. It isn’t just that the grounds for public confidence in the Russia probes are dwindling, whether it’s the FBI’s investigation or the ones being overseen by congressional Republicans, though that does demand an independent probe. It’s also that we are trying to establish not just whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, but also the full story of what Russia did to interfere in the workings of our election, with or without the Trump campaign’s help. The intelligence community has explicitly concluded that Russia will try to do this again in future elections, so establishing what happened is key to averting a repeat of it. If the White House — or GOP congressional leaders — won’t investigate this seriously, then those in both parties who actually want a real probe need to step up.”
Meanwhile Trump has been AWOL publicly since last Thursday. His first public appearance since then? With the Russian Foreign Minister:
Q: Does the Comey firing cast a shadow over your talks?
Russian FM Lavrov: "Was he fired? You're kidding. You're kidding." pic.twitter.com/gD1gBjyNk4
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 10, 2017
Pure arrogance. America we can’t stand for it. We most all do all we can. Call your GOPers in Congress, townhall and protest them, and go to this if you can:
DEMONSTRATIONS TO CALL FOR AN IMPARTIAL INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN THE US ELECTION AND TIES TO DONALD TRUMP, HIS ADMINISTRATION AND HIS ASSOCIATES
“Saturday, June 3rd, 2017.”
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