For Old Time’s Sake
Republican hypocrite fun fact: There are 14 current Republican senators who voted to impeach Clinton, either as members of the House or the Senate. None of them have a word to say about impeaching Trump today. Here’s what some of them had to say 20 years ago:
Lindsey Graham — “You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic if this body determines your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role.”
John Thune — “Lying to the American people is a betrayal of trust. The pattern of deception and dishonesty that acts as a bodyguard to this president strikes at the very core of his ability to lead.”
Chuck Grassley — “His misdeeds have caused many to mistrust elected officials. Cynicism is swelling among the grass roots. His breach of trust has eroded the public’s faith in the office of the presidency.”
Richard Burr — “The United States is a nation of laws, not men. And I do not believe we can ignore the facts or disregard the constitution so that the president can be placed above the law.”
Roy Blunt — “No president can be allowed to subvert the judiciary or thwart the investigative responsibility of the legislature.”
Mitch McConnell — “The president of the United States looked 270 million Americans in the eye, and lied, deliberately and methodically. He took an oath to faithfully execute the laws of this nation, and he violated that oath. He pledged to be the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, and he violated that pledge. He took an oath to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and he willfully and repeatedly violated that oath.”
Mike Crapo — “Our entire legal system is dependent on our ability to find the truth. That is why perjury and obstruction of justice are crimes.”
Democrats are agonizing over whether or not to impeach. They don’t want to appear partisan to the lazy Americans who don’t read and don’t know what’s in the Mueller Report.
Republicans have had nothing to say about impeachment. They’re not agonizing over this constitutional crisis at all. This is dereliction of duty.
Trump is revisiting the deep state. He’s calling the Mueller Report a coup now, saying that it was an attempt to overthrow the government.
Trump told Hannity on his show that as soon as Bill Barr got the Mueller report that he made a decision “right on the spot” that he had not obstructed justice.
Russian spy Maria Butina gets sentenced today. Her lawyers are going to argue that she just be sent back to Russia without any jail time. Bill Barr agrees. Further statements and testimony could be bad for his client. Maria Butina is a key witness in dozens of crimes. She was part of the channel for Russia approving Putin ally Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. If Bill Barr can get rid of her, he gets rid of one more threat to his client.
Bill Barr will appear before the House Judiciary Committee on May 2, on behalf of his client of course.
Republican lawyer and husband of Kellyanne Conway, George Conway, said of Hillary Clinton’s op-ed in the Washington Post: “If she’s for the constitution then I’m with her.” George got the hashtag #DerangedDonald started.
The longest serving Republican in the Iowa legislature, Andy McKean, is switching parties. “If this is the new normal, I want no part of it.” He read his long list of reasons for why he’s leaving the Republican party on the state House floor. All of them had to do with what has happened to the party since Trump. Andy McKean is a good old fashioned conservative from “Your Dad’s Republican Party.” He lost a lot of sleep agonizing over his decision, grieving for his country, and going over what he’s most proud of for old time’s sake.
For the sake of democracy, he’s leaving.
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