Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Republican Party Has Declared War on the FBI

Oh, well, nothing to see here. This is all normal:

House GOP leaders are starting to come out in strong support of a second special counsel to investigate conservative allegations of bias and abuse at the FBI.

Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said Monday he backs the appointment of another special counsel to look at how law enforcement has handled the Russia probe. Scalise’s statement echoed similar calls from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) over the weekend.

The moves align the No. 2 and No. 3 House GOP leaders with President Trump, who could be a factor in a future leadership race between the two friendly rivals.

Neither Scalise nor McCarthy wants any daylight between themselves and Trump in the event Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) calls it quits after the November midterm elections. “I agree with the many others who have called for the appointment of an additional special counsel,” Scalise said in a statement Monday.

“We need a second special counsel,” McCarthy told Fox News on Saturday.

Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have not endorsed the idea of a second probe nor criticized special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, despite growing calls from rank-and-file members.

Scalise and McCarthy have decided to make their case for Minority Leader once the House flips over to Democratic control. Speaker Ryan is not going to survive the November mid-terms, so why not start planning for the transition of power?

What's not normal about all of this is the fact that these two men are making their move before the body is even cold. And they're basing their quest for leadership on what has to be one of the most extreme positions ever taken by the Republican Party--they're going to start a war with the FBI because it opened a counter-intelligence investigation into the business affairs of the most corrupt and incompetent president in American history. What would be shocking and worth investigating is if the FBI wasn't already looking into what Trump, Manafort, and Page, et al, were doing with all of those damned Russians.

Scalise and McCarthy are making a decision that will taint them as traitors. What do they think they'll get out of a massive fight with the FBI? Do they think it will all end well? It won't. They'll never have any credibility again. They seem to believe that all of the links between Trump and the Russians are innocently explained away.

If you want to find two people stupid enough to believe Trump's denials, here you go. Scalise and McCarthy. If it sounds like something out of a bad movie, welcome to our new way of life.

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