Chuck Grassley is Trying to Validate Trump’s Claim He’s not Under Investigation
I just heard Brian Williams on Halle Jackson’s MSNBC show repeat something Grassley said before a business group in the Senate this morning. What Grassley claimed is that Comey in a closed door meeting this morning told them that he’s not investigating Trump.
On so many levels this is just pathetic. First, of all, Grassley has been conducting himself like a shameful Trump hack.
His first take on the Comey firing was that we all must ‘Suck it up and move on.’
Oh, ok, then. I was worried about this but now I’ve decided my best course of action is to suck it up and move on. Why didn’t they say that sooner?
But what Grassley is doing here is just more of the same thing the GOPers in Congress have done until now: defend Trump at all costs. Like when they worked like the dickens to validate Trump’s creative fiction that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.
Now Grassley is trying to validate Trump’s absurd letter for the Comey firing that the fired FBI Director had assured him three times he’s not under investigation.
Basically Grassley is still playing the same game Trump did when he had asked the FBI Director and Deputy Director back in February to push back on a NY Times story that many in the Trump campaign had contacts with Russian intelligence officials.
Grassley though isn’t thinking this through very well as this claim by Trump if true is even more damning. It would leave Comey himself subject to prosecution.
And in so making this claim in this official document, Trump may also have waved executive privilege.
But in Grassley’s zeal to validate Trump’s claim he misses that this claim in itself raises bigger problems and that if what Trump said is true-which I doubt-it’s huge problems for Comey.
So, pretty disappointing by Grassley but totally suspected. As for any GOPers coming on board and doing the right thing, as always know that my article of faith is I never believe the best about the GOP.
Nothing is tougher for me to believe in than any goodness in the modern Republican party. And that includes the ‘maverick’ John McCain who has disappointed us again and again.
Has any "maverick" in history ever toed the party line more faithfully than John McCain? All talk, zero action.
— Bruce Bartlett (@BruceBartlett) May 10, 2017
Very true. However… I was intrigued by something that McCain did yesterday. For once there was follow through. Now, it may be a one off but it still stood out.
John McCain May Have Killed an Anti-Environment Bill Out of Spite Over the Comey Firing https://t.co/fdz5iAx0Pp
— David Dayen (@ddayen) May 10, 2017
This is big and may mean the GOP won’t be able to kill this particular Obama regulation for a year.
This is the first time Trump has lost a vote in either the House or the Senate. https://t.co/kUZ2Gr0dP5
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) May 10, 2017
What intrigues me is whether this has legs. The Dems were on strike yesterday.
Could we see McCain assisting the Democrats in shutting down Senate business until a Special Prosecutor is appointed?
He did it once. Does he keep doing it? McCain has from the start said we need a Select Committee-and this is totally right. Seems to me we need both a Special Prosecutor and a Select Committee.
But this is the first time that McCain actually put his votes were his mouth is. He also made an interesting off the record comment after the Comey firing.
“Although McCain did not directly accuse the White House of firing Comey to thwart the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible Russia ties, he did say that if that was the intention, it would fail.”
“This scandal is going to go on. I’ve seen it before,” McCain told a meeting of the Munich Security Conference core group. “This is a centipede. I guarantee you there will be more shoes to drop, I can just guarantee it. There’s just too much information that we don’t have that will be coming out.”
This is a centipede. There are many more shoes to drop. This is something he has said many times. He again intimates that there is all this information that we don’t yet have that are going to be utterly explosive.
Remember a few other things. McCain legitimately was concerned enough after reading the Steele Dossier back in December to present it to Comey. Of course, Comey had seen it six months before and had been using it as an important doc in the investigation.
But McCain clearly is legitimately concerned about this. In public, he tends to be more understated as he is a partisan Republican. But he has been very concerned. Of course, on some level you can’t imagine he really thinks a lot of Trump-this is the guy who made fun of his POW service.
And also note that McCain always liked Hillary Clinton personally despite their partisan and ideological differences. Lindsay Graham does too. They both spoke very highly of her when she was Secretary of State. Then came the campaign and their party made her a demon in hell with her own private email server. That’s politics.
But back when she was in the Senate they were drinking buddies. So maybe this will have legs. McCain may insist that a Special Prosecutor is appointed and a Select Committee is informed. That would be the finest moment of his career.
Interesting to also see what the old McCain campaign guy is saying now:
Words I thought I'd never say: the security of the United States might now depend on electing a Democratic Congress in 2018.
— Mark Salter (@MarkSalter55) May 10, 2017
Finally, McCain’s campaign director, Steve Schmidt:
“Joining MSNBC’s Brian Williams Wednesday night, former John McCain 2008 campaign staffer & MSNBC “GOP strategist” Steve Schmidt said that Republicans who support President Trump have become “faithless to their oaths” and suggested some members of the GOP like Senators Lindsey Graham, Ben Sasse, Richard Burr, and John McCain might be forced to support the Democrats in 2018 on grounds of “national security.”
“Any Republican member of Congress who takes the president, his spokespeople’s assertions that [Comey was fired] because he was unfair to Hillary Clinton is either a fool, or they have so lost sight in this era of tribal politics, of their responsibilities to the country, that they have become faithless to their oaths,” Schmidt said about the president’s memo detailing his reasons for firing FBI director James Comey.
“Schmidt next refers to this tweet from longtime chief of staff to Sen. John McCain, Mark Salter, suggesting that “the security of the United States might now depend on electing a Democratic Congress in 2018.”
Schmidt commented: “[Salter] may have hit the nail on the head today when he said that ‘I never thought I’d say this, but perhaps we need a Democratic Congress to protect the national security of the United States in 2018.'”
“So among Republicans, there are a few that give you hope that the country comes first — That list starts with John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Ben Sasse, Richard Burr, other members who have expressed real dismay at what is clearly an attempt to influence the direction of the investigation of Russian influence in the election,” Schmidt also said.
“This is an extraordinary moment… and a very serious one,” he added.
Faithless to their oaths. Doesn’t get any more serious than that.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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