Desperation, diversion, and the smell of a massive cover-up is forming a thick, black cloud over the D.C. Swamp.
Amid claims that there is ‘no collusion’ between Trump and Russia, the sounds emanating from the walls of the White House indicate something entirely different. Desperation, diversion, and the smell of a massive coverup is forming a thick, black cloud over the D.C. Swamp.
It wasn’t so long ago that we heard Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Az.) call Trump a “train wreck” – unfit to serve as leader of the free world.
But something changed after Trump’s former national security adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and made a deal to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Wasting no time, Trump TV, also known as Fox ‘news’ took a page out of the Steve Bannon playbook and started attacking the FBI and DOJ, calling the agencies part of a deep state plot to punt The Donald out of the Oval Office.
Florida Republican Rep. Francis Rooney also set off autocracy alarm bells with MSNBC’s Halie Jackson on Wednesday, calling for a “purge” at the FBI.
After casually throwing around a couple of far-right conspiracy theories, Rooney made the case for “purging” federal law enforcement of Trump’s critics.
“I would like to see the directors of these agencies purge it and say, ‘Look, we have a lot of great agents, a lot of great lawyers here.’ Those are the people that I want the American people to see and know the good work being done, not these people that are kind of the deep state.”
WATCH: GOP Rep. Francis Rooney calls for 'purge' of FBI, accuses some in the agency of being a part of the 'deep state' pic.twitter.com/kkJTBPFeui
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) December 26, 2017
Are these the actions of people who have nothing to hide?
Why the increased attacks on @FBI’s McCabe? Looks like someone has figured out he corroborates Comey against Trump. This is targeted. As were @POTUS’s Comey tweets. As is anti-Mueller campaign.https://t.co/1Up5OUZeXw
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) December 23, 2017
And it got worse just before news broke that Mueller was following a trail that potentially connected the RNC with the Trump campaign and the Russians.
Biggest news of the day is the fact the Republican National Committee is being investigated by Mueller for conspiring with Trump, his campaign & Russia against the United States in order to interfere in our elections & undermine our democracy. They’re gonna need a bigger prison.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) December 28, 2017
If Trump truly had nothing to hide, he’d have no reason to bash the law enforcement agencies that help keep America a functioning democracy. But this story is bigger than that. The evidence that led Mr. Mueller to expand his probe to the RNC and its connection to Russian interference in the 2016 elections explains why Corker and Flake have suddenly gone silent on their anti-Trump rhetoric and why some GOP members of the House, like Florida’s Matt Gaetz, are leading the chorus to discredit the Mueller investigation.
With what we know so far, it could be argued that a disturbing number of establishment Republicans, in connection with the RNC and Trump campaign, may have conspired with Russian agents to rig the 2016 elections for complete party control of the U.S. government.
Evidence of this came in the form of a letter from House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) back in September 2016. In it, Pelosi called for Ryan to put a stop to Republican candidates using Russian hacked materials against their Democratic opponents in campaign ads. As the New York Times reported,
Ms. Pelosi, calling the hack into Democratic servers, apparently by Russians, “an unprecedented assault on the sanctity of our democratic process,” said Mr. Ryan should not condone either party using materials originating from the cybercrime.
However, Rep. Pelosi’s alert fell on deaf ears, as Ryan did nothing to stem the issue.
Now that ties to the RNC and Russia are coming into focus, Republican efforts to try to discredit or shut down any investigation into conspiracy with a foreign power to rig an America election fits into this disturbing puzzle.
In reality, Trump may not be the only one acting like he has something to hide. The Republican Party’s hands may prove to be anything but clean in a Trump-Russia-RNC assault on our democracy that none of them want Robert Mueller’s team to expose.