Rand Paul: It’s ‘not Useful’ for Republicans to Investigate Republicans
In commenting on this last night, Chris Hayes said you have to at least give Paul points for honesty. Sure. Give him 2 points for honesty and deduct about 150 points for admitting he’s a partisan hack.
“You know, I think that might be excessive,” Paul said. “I think that it looks like the president has handled the situation, and unless there’s some kind of other evidence of malfeasance, this sounds like something that was internal White House politics, and it looks like the president’s handled it.”
“Paul suggested Republicans ought to be looking out for members of their party.”
“I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation, particularly of your own party,” he said. “We’ll never even get started with doing the things we need to do like repealing Obamacare if we’re spending our whole time having Republicans investigate Republicans. I think it makes no sense.”
It makes no sense if you’re partisan hack who only values partisan advantage and cares not a whit for the national, public interest. So ‘Republicans don’t investigate other Republicans.’
This is exactly why we need Democrats in Congress.
If voters want admin's ties to Russia investigated (what Trump knew, when) they're probably going to need to elect a Democratic House
— Will Jordan (@williamjordann) February 14, 2017
In truth the claim by Rand Paul as well as House GOPers like Jason Chaffetz, Paul Ryan, and Chris Collins that there’s nothing to see here as Trump fixed it is living in a dream world. Yesterday the game was to say they hadn’t read the story about Flynn, they were too busy celebrating Valentines day eating breakfast with their wives.
The resignation of Flynn hasn’t settled anything. It just begs many deeper questions.
“Flynn’s resignation proves Democrats’ point about the seriousness of the issues swirling around Flynn, but his resignation will not end calls for investigation either of him or the rest of the administration. To the contrary, Democrats likely will and should insist that with an admission from Flynn that he did not tell the truth about contacts with Russia, there is even more reason to investigate Flynn’s communications and relationship with Moscow and the degree to which Trump and others in the administration were aware of Flynn’s problematic ties. Since we have already seen resignation of one senior adviser, the argument for a special prosecutor or independent commission will gain strength.”
Senate Republicans like Bob Corker and Mitch McConnell admit that the Intelligence panel investigating the Trump campaign’s Russia ties needs to talk to Michael Flynn. But they are still resisting a truly independent investigation-a Select Committee or Independent Prosecutor.
The question is how long the GOP will aspire to be nothing more than water carriers for Herr Trump.
In a way, Rand Paul’s talk about policy is rather pathetic. After all, Trump has been there almost one month and they have yet to send on bill to Trump’s desk.
That’s thanks in large part to Trump, who’s shenanigans have sucked all the air out of the room for any kind of policy-the GOP has been too busy defending his indefensible tweets and executive orders to do any policy.
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