The GOP House Once Investigated the Clinton’s Christmas Card List for 140 Hours
And now they’re telling us ‘nothing to see here’ on the story of whether there are connections between the Trump campaign and the Russia efforts to hack the election for Donald Trump.
“We all know that if this were happening under a Democratic president, Republicans in Congress wouldn’t just be investigating, they’d shut down every other bit of congressional business to do nothing but investigate. After all, they conducted seven separate investigations of the Benghazi attacks, a tragic but fairly straightforward episode, in the hopes that it could be used to bring down Hillary Clinton. When Bill Clinton was president, they opened investigations into such weighty matters as whether Bill and Hillary murdered their friend Vince Foster, whether they had misused the White House Christmas card list — on that one, they heard 140 hours of sworn testimony — and, I kid you not, Socks the cat. Yes, Dan Burton, of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, once demanded to know whether taxpayer resources were being used to respond to children’s letters to the president’s cat.”
Considering that a nothingburger like Whitewater got a Special Prosecutor the questions swirling around Russia’s interference in the election and the potential complicity of the Trump campaign with it certainly do. Indeed, even some conservatives argue that it’s in the GOP’s own interest to have one or the Russia-Trump story will suck out all the air in the room over any kind of positive GOP agenda.
The NYTimes on an Independent Counsel:
“In light of the stunning events of the past week, the question is not whether the Trump administration’s ties to the Russian government need to be investigated immediately and fully — clearly they do. It’s who will be in charge of that investigation?”
“The Republicans in Congress can’t decide whether they would rather act like a responsible, independent branch or just the friendly legislative arm of the White House. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House oversight committee, would sooner investigate a cartoon character named Sid the Science Kid than any allegations relating to President Trump.”
“The prize for partisan candor goes to Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who said on Tuesday, “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.”
As I argued in the above link about Erick Erickson is that it’s not like the GOP is doing any of the things they want to do as it stands. And I do think in a frictionless world the GOP would probably impeach Trump tomorrow as Pence is their only hope to get anything done.
“James Comey, the embattled F.B.I. director, can’t be trusted to be a neutral investigator, either — not after his one-sided interference in the 2016 election compromised the bureau’s integrity and damaged Hillary Clinton’s campaign in its final days. Anyway, Mr. Comey reports directly to the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who was not only Mr. Trump’s first and most ardent supporter in the Senate, but the chairman of the Trump campaign’s national security advisory committee.”
“Despite his closeness to Mr. Trump, Mr. Sessions has said he sees no reason to recuse himself from any inquiry into the relationship between the president’s top aides and Russia. Mr. Trump’s unexplained allegiance to that country and its thug of a president, Vladimir Putin, has been a major concern from the start of his candidacy. But the scope of a potential investigation expanded sharply in the last four days, with the firing of Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, for lying to the White House about his contacts with the Russian ambassador, and the news that members of the Trump campaign’s inner circle were in repeated contact with Russian intelligence agents last year, at the same time that Russia was actively attempting to swing the election to Mr. Trump.”
“There is, in fact, only one person who could conduct such a high-profile, politically sensitive investigation fairly and completely — a special prosecutor.”
We’ll see if more Republicans come to agree with Erickson. It’s the only way to in any way compartmentalize a story that is just going to get bigger and bigger.
Mitch McConnel this morning asked about whether Flynn told the truth to the FBI just said ‘I don’t know’ which shows he doesn’t want to be defending the indefensible more than he has to. Again, a Special Prosecutor is the way to prevent this from being the scandal that ate Tokyo.
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