Although GOP members of Congress are still solidly in Trump’s corner, fractures are beginning to show.
The numbers are small, but there are some unexpected names on the list. In the Senate, Lindsey Graham (S.C.), John McCain (AZ), and Lisa Murkowski (AK) all agreed on the need for an independent investigation into whether there was collusion with Russia by members of the Trump campaign. In the House, Justin Amash (Mich.), Mike Coffman (CO), Barbara Comstock (VA), Carlos Curbelo (FL), Darrell Issa (CA), Walter Jones (N.C.), Tom McClintock (CA), and Erik Paulson (MN) have all called for an independent investigation.
Meanwhile, Senator Dean Heller, fighting to retain his seat in Nevada, said he’s open to a special prosecutor if the current Senate and House investigations run into roadblocks.
Although she says she’s still on board with Trump, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst of hog castration fame told constituents attending a town hall that Trump has some character “flaws,” and she wishes he would spend less time at Mar-a-Lago.
At another town hall in Oklahoma, Senator James Lankford said he thinks Trump should release his tax returns, saying, “He promised he would. He should keep his promise.”
Pressed by his constituents to answer whether or not Trump should release his tax returns, Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL) answered, “Absolutely, Donald Trump should release his tax returns.” Although he did fall short of saying Congress should issue a subpoena for the returns.
Granted, these guys are pretty tepid when it comes down to the real nitty gritty, but in today’s atmosphere and the fact that the GOP as a whole has decided to put politics before the welfare of the country, it is gratifying to see that some on that side of the aisle are willing to speak up and speak out, albeit in just above a whisper.
Perhaps one of the most damning things I’ve see from the other side is this tweet from John McCain’s former chief of staff.
Now there’s a real statement on how out of whack things have become. Maybe there’s hope for this country yet.