LUPICA: Republicans Pretend Patriotism With Tax Invoice, FBI Probe

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The shiny object this week, in fact, is the brand new tax invoice handed by the league of outdated white males who nonetheless run the Congress of america, at the very least for now.

They stand there like mummies with President Donald J. Trump and speak about what’s about to grow to be the brand new tax regulation of the land as whether it is already Christmas morning, relatively than an early New 12 months’s Eve celebration for the cash changers on this nation. Actually that is the sort of lie that aspiring lies need to develop as much as be sometime.

Generally whenever you consider folks as frightened of this President as they’re of doing the best factor, you think about automobiles pulling up in entrance of the Capitol each single day, and clowns piling out the best way they do on the circus.

However there are a handful of them like Devin Nunes, essentially the most tame of all this President’s tame pets in each the Home and the Senate, who pose simply sufficient of a menace as they run rogue, shadow investigations in regards to the FBI. And when you assume this investigation of theirs is not a solution to compromise Robert Mueller’s into Russian collusion, you additionally consider that the earth is flat.

They apparently need Mueller to go away as a lot as Trump does. They need the entire subject of Russian interference within the final presidential election to go away. They’re as obsessive about Hillary Clinton as Eliot Ness was with Al Capone. It isn’t Mueller who abuses energy right here. It’s the ones in authorities who come after him, in a back-channel, back-room assault on the separation of powers that’s speculated to be a bedrock of our democracy.

It’s Nunes, bear in mind, who needed to step away from his function as chairman of the Home Intelligence Committee as a result of investigators from that physique have been exploring ethics fees in opposition to him. Loads of this needed to do with Nunes doing every thing besides rent skywriters to inform us about overseas surveillance studies he had learn throughout what virtually gave the impression of a sleepover on the White Home. An actual investigation about ethics with this man truthfully should contain discovering if he has any.

Here’s what Politico now writes about Nunes and a few of the different boys within the again room:

“A bunch of Home Republicans has gathered secretly for weeks within the Capitol in an effort to construct a case that senior leaders of the Justice Division and FBI improperly – and maybe criminally – mishandled the contents of a file that describes alleged ties between President Donald Trump and Russia.”

There’s a new film out on Friday referred to as “The Submit,” in regards to the Washington Submit and the Pentagon Papers, starring Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Kay Graham. The film is a hymn to journalism, then and now. Greater than ever, although, you surprise what it could have been like for a large of our enterprise like Bradlee to not simply stand in there, not simply the best way he did in opposition to Richard Nixon and his personal henchmen throughout Watergate, however in opposition to the echo chambers of Fox Information and Breitbart and the bullhorn media of right-wing radio.

“These are actions that the White Home desires them to take,” Rep. Adam Schiff, the highest Democrat on the Home Intelligence Committee, says of Nunes and his mates Thursday morning on “Morning Joe.”

Then Schiff, who has stood up time and again for his personal committee’s work on Russia when he is not standing up for Robert Mueller, requested this query:

“The place are the patriots in Congress?”

There nonetheless are patriots within the Republican Get together, like the nice Sen. John McCain, even when he was incorrect about this tax invoice. However when searching for them you typically fear that you’ve got a greater likelihood of discovering Decide Crater first.

What you discover as a substitute are the likes of Nunes, and Rep. Matt Gaetz from Florida, and Jim Jordan, of Ohio, a sanctimonious phony in shirtsleeves who’s one other now attacking the FBI as a means of attacking Mueller.

Within the Senate you discover Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, each of whom speak a very good sport about this President after which get rolled on this tax invoice. Susan Collins of Maine, isn’t any higher. She bought rolled together with everyone else. No less than she did not step to the microphone on Thursday and embarrass herself the best way poor Orrin Hatch did, Hatch so near blubbering it was as if he have been watching the ending to “It is a Great Life,” and never a deficit about to undergo the roof.

They hijack the way forward for the nation with this tax invoice of theirs, written within the again rooms which have grow to be the capitals of the Republican Get together. Now a handful of them in Congress go after the FBI as a means of going after Mueller, and solely suckers consider in any other case.

It is really insulting to match these folks to clowns, if you consider it. Clowns could be creepy typically, completely. Simply not almost this harmful.

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