John McCain Gets it: He Still Wants a Select Committee
Few others recently seem to get it-I’ve heard little about a select committee but a lot more about an independent commission which:
1. Requires cooperation from the WH that won’t be there
2. Can’t impeach Trump.
While the special counsel is an important step-and achievement for #TheResistance-it’s just one piece, albeit important. The SC can prosecute everyone but Donald Trump.
The equivalent for Trump is impeachment which is a political process.
John McCain-unlike even most Democrats I’ve heard-understands this.
“Sen. John McCain said Thursday that he would like to see a select committee in the Senate for the investigation into President Trump’s campaign alleged ties to Russia.”
“We have to, in my view, have this select committee. There are different committees in the House and the Senate. I have great confidence in our intelligence committee. I think it’s reached the size and scope is what I’m trying to say that it requires a select committee,” Mr. McCain, Arizona Republican, said on MSNBC.
“Mr. McCain said the “drip” of information requires both a special prosecutor and the congressional investigation.”
“This is the drip system. That’s why it’s good to have Mueller doing what he’s doing and it’s good to have the Congress of the the United States do what they’re supposed to do, which are two different missions,” he said, referring to former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel by the Department of Justice.”
That’s the good news. The bad news? The GOP is already using the new special counsel as a pretext for trying to roll back the Congressional investigation. Lindsay Graham-of all people:
“Former FBI Director James Comey might not be able to testify before Congress now that a special prosecutor is overseeing the FBI’s Russia investigation, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday.”
“Graham, who chairs a Judiciary subcommittee with oversight of the FBI, had sent an invitation earlier this week for Comey to testify in an open session.”
“I’m not so sure we can do it now,” the South Carolina Republican said. “You’ve got a special counsel who has prosecutorial powers now, and I think we in Congress have to be very careful not to interfere.”
“Graham said that while he was happy with the decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special prosecutor to oversee the FBI’s Russia probe, he thinks the decision means less information can be made public.”
“Public access to this is probably going to be very limited now,” he said. “I think a special counsel — he’s a good guy, a good pick. I respect the decision. But it’s going to really limit what Congress can do. It’s going to really limit what the public will know about this.”
Graham also said he had not yet received a response from Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump last week.
“We’re gonna have to put him on a milk carton,” Graham said. “’Have you seen this man?'”
Coming from Lindsay Graham, of all GOPers, this is particularly disappointing. Rachel Maddow recently said she has never failed to be disappointed in Lindsay Graham. Touche.
So while McCain seems to genuinely follow this wherever it leads, Lindsay is playing games like the rest of his party.
Well, they’re not called the Vichy Republicans for nothing.
Meanwhile, it now appears official: Ole Jason in the House is leaving the House.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Thursday that he will leave Congress on June 30, citing “big changes in his life” in a public letter to constituents.
“Julie and I are facing the reality of being empty nesters,” he wrote. “All of us, it appears, are ready to begin a new chapter.”
“Chaffetz’s departure opens up one of the most powerful and closely scrutinized posts on Capitol Hill — the House majority’s chief inquisitor — amid serious questions about wrongdoing at the highest levels of the Trump administration.”
“An early favorite for the post emerged Thursday: Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who led the contentious House investigation into the 2012 terrorist attacks on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya — though it was unclear whether Gowdy wants the job.”
So wait a minute-the MSM doesn’t consider this Fake News anymore? When Claude Taylor predicted it, many held this up as liberals engaging in lurid-and baseless-conspiracy theories.
This is actually a great example of something I’ve talked about recently regarding Claude Taylor, Louise Mensch, the Palmer Report, etc.
Just because something has yet to be verified by the MSM doesn’t prove it’s false. It could mean the MSM feels it doesn’t have enough sources yet or the story doesn’t fit with their current narrative.
Seth Abramson has declared that in trying to get to the bottom of Trump Russia, we should only refer to the Steele Dossier, not things we hear from Taylor and Mensch, et. al. But this misses the point that she was the first one to say the Steele Dossier is probably good when the MSM was dismissing it as ‘unverified’-after concealing it from the public for seven months.
My take: Abramson is a smart guy and good analyst-and I’m sure a good legal mind as he says. I’ve seen some of his work I’ve found very impressive. But he’s jealous as he lacks their sources. That’s a mistake. It’s about #TheResistance not personalities. Heck, I don’t have their sources either but that doesn’t stop me from listening to them as they have informed us many times.
Finally: I question whether they’ve really not been able to find Comey. Old Jason Leaving the House claimed not to be able to find Comey either but others say they’ve had no such problem. My suspicion? They simply don’t want to hear from Comey despite what they’ve said-other than McCain. McCain really wants to hear from him. Few other GOPers do.
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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