Walter Jones the First House Republican to Support Independent Russia Investigation
The question has been how sustainable is the GOP desire to cover for Trump against the explosive charges that his campaign may have coordinated with the Russian subversion of our election?
You’ve had a few GOP stalwarts in the Senate-Lindsay Graham, John McCain, maybe Marco Rubio-who really want to investigate this properly. And now the Senate Intelligence Panel is charging ahead calling on the WH to save all communications possibly relevant to the Russia investigation.
But the House led by ole Jason in the House Chaffetz has mostly gone from fishing expeditions on Benghazi and Emailgate to going fishin.
However, this morning we have the news that Walter Jones is the first House GOPer to break ranks.
“Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) has become the first House Republican to co-sponsor a bill calling for an independent investigation of foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election.”
“Republicans have generally opposed setting up a special committee to look into Russia’s hacking Democratic organizations and individuals, which President Trump has repeatedly minimized. At his press conference on Thursday, he called it a “ruse.”
“But Jones has a long history of bucking his leadership, so his support for the Democratic bill does not come as a surprise.”
“Congressman Jones is brave enough to do the right thing,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), who introduced the bill with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), said in a statement.
“The Protecting Our Democracy Act would create an 18-month, 12-member independent investigation into the role of Russia and any other foreign entity in the election.”
Again, the question is how long the GOP can hold out. The Russia question is not going anywhere. To the contrary everyday the questions just deepen like today’s revelations that Manafort’s daughter was hacked and he was blackmailed.
Erick Erickson has called for an Independent Counsel under the premise that this is the only way the Russia question won’t totally suck all the air out of any GOP agenda.
Roger Stone himself says there should be an IC and/or Congressional hearings.
He recognizes there is no way else to settle the issue-and he probably relishes his chance to speak before Congress.
As Jennifer Rubin says, the GOP needs to either do its job-in providing real oversight of Trump-or get out of the way.
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