As Congressional Democrats have begun calling for Donald Trump’s resignation or impeachment, it’s become clear that Republicans will have nothing to do with actually holding Trump to account for his crimes. Not a single one has joined the call, despite the mountain of evidence against him and his surrounding cohorts from the presidential campaign.
In fact, one Arizona Representative is taking it a step further: He’s asking not that Trump remove himself from the presidency he likely illegally obtained, but that the Republican investigator — appointed by Republicans — recuse himself from the investigation for straying outside what he considers the purview of the investigation. Of course, this Republican has been complaining about the investigation “hurting” the president’s political agenda since the summer.
Rep. Andy Biggs, a Fox News regular whose district includes the area outside of Phoenix, published an opinion piece in Tuesday’s edition of the USA Today entitled “Mr. Mueller, End The Witch Hunt,” using the phrase that Trump has made so popular in his denials of any wrongdoing:
“Unfortunately, taxpayer resources are being used to scrutinize anyone and anything that fits into a preconceived notion that Russia colluded with the Trump campaign to ‘fix the election.'”
The idea that anyone or anything would be outside the scope of what is possibly the most important investigation in the history of the United States — into whether or not a candidate coordinated with a hostile foreign power to undermine democracy and illegally assume the presidency — is ludicrous at best. If Robert Mueller wanted to subpoena Melania’s childhood best friend’s ex-roommate’s sister’s coworker, I might think that Republicans keen to see the rule of law in America upheld would support it.
Instead, the GOP has done everything in their power to keep witnesses from having to answer key questions, to distract from issues at hand, and otherwise acted like they either don’t care about our Constitution or are themselves complicit in the premier crime of the American 21st century.
Indeed, if Mr. Biggs, who unfortunately serves on the House Judiciary Committee, is to be believed, it is Mueller who doesn’t care about democratic righteousness:
“If Robert Mueller truly cared for justice, he would voluntarily step aside from his post. However, he has repeatedly shown that he has no interest in ending his crusade. The credibility of the American justice system — and indeed, our representative republic — is at stake.”
It seems that contained in that passage is the only thing that would satisfy Republicans’ quest for resolution in this investigation: The end of it.
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