Congressional Republicans Go Wobbly with Calls for Special Prosecutor

By | 2017-06-02T18:30:05+00:00 May 15, 2017|
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Elected Republicans tend to go wobbly when it comes to resisting the deranged Left. Paradoxically, this is especially true when the GOP holds the reins of power. Of course, this is not true of every elected Republican but it is true of enough of them for it to be a real and ongoing problem.

After having four massive electoral victories in a row, the Republicans have more power than they’ve had in decades. And, if the Republicans can just score a few legislative victories over the next two years, and continue goosing the economy the way they’ve been doing, the GOP will continue dominating the political scene. The Democrats have not been this weak since the 1920s. Judging from the media coverage of the Trump Administration, the way that elected Democrats are acting, and the opinions of the self-styled “experts” from within the Washington, D.C.-New York-Boston corridor, however, you’d think the GOP had just lost the election.

NEWSFLASH: THE GOP WON. THEY SHOULD START ACTING LIKE IT.

Instead, select Republicans are feeding into the Democrat lie that there are secret Trump-Russia connections waiting to be uncovered. Since the Fall of 2016, the Left increasingly has become unhinged in forwarding their belief that President Donald Trump is a Russian stooge. Like modern day McCarthyites, the Democrats intend to find a micturating Russian hooker on top of every bed in Trump Tower.

Yet, they are not McCarthyites. At least the House Un-American Committee (HUAC) can claim to have taken down an actual Red spy in Alger Hiss. Whatever excesses he may have engaged in, Senator Joe McCarthy (R-WI) was more correct about Communist meddling of yesteryear than the Democrats have ever been about undue Russian influence over Donald Trump today. In fact, rather than being like Senator Joe McCarthy, the Democrats are behaving like a modern-day Inspector Jacques Clouseau from the Pink Panther.

Judging from the media coverage of the Trump Administration, the way that elected Democrats are acting, and the opinions of the self-styled “experts” from within the Washington, D.C.-New York-Boston corridor, however, you’d think the GOP had just lost the election.

Like Clouseau, the Democrats have been right about undue influence in the 2016 presidential election. But, just like Clouseau trying to speak with a key witness: they’ve fallen down the stairs, gotten their hands caught in a medieval knight’s gauntlet, broken a priceless vase, incapacitated the very witness they sought to interrogate, and accidentally shot their fellow officer.

The Democrats believe that Putin and Trump colluded to “steal” the election away from Hillary Clinton. All that they’ve “discovered” is that former President Obama (and his national security staff) misused their power to spy on senior Trump Campaign advisers, and then leaked that ill-gotten information to the press! So, yes, like Clouseau, the Left is correct about the purported crime of undue influence in the election. They just got their suspects wrong.  

That’s the real scandal here. The misuse of the awesome power of America’s surveillance state against its own citizens for the purpose of partisan warfare. The Obama Administration’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, the National Security Agency’s Director Admiral Michael S. Rodgers, and (the now former) FBI Director James Comey have all testified to Congress that there is no evidence of an illicit connection between President Trump and Russian agents of influence. More damningly, the same elected Democrats who keep spreading the Trump-Russia lie have admitted to their fellow travelers in the legacy media that no evidence exists proving the Left’s false claims.

Alas, preferred Leftist narratives die hard.

Yet, the Republicans—who hold majorities in both the House and the Senate—continue to allow the Democrats to push their lies in Congress. Now, as the Left madly demands a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate these unsubstantiated accusations, the Washington Post reports that several moderate Republicans inexplicably want to grant their request! The Republicans have taken up their preferred battle formation: the circular firing squad.  

Like a dirty bomb set to go off at a specific time, any special prosecutor investigation will slowly tear the Administration apart. It will pit coworkers against coworkers.

But, if President Trump has nothing to hide, who cares, right? Imagine if that was the standard for criminal law in America—guilty until proven innocent. Besides, that kind of mentality is exactly what allowed for the Obama Administration to misuse its power to wage political warfare upon the Trump Campaign in the first place. This is banana republic territory, not American justice.

The Republican Party has a disturbingly long history of shooting itself in the foot. As I’ve noted recently, the George W. Bush Administration allowed for the naming of a special prosecutor—Patrick Fitzgerald—in order to resolve the Valerie Plame scandal. Rather than resolving anything, the investigation opened an entirely new nexus of partisanship and Leftist lies. Instead of settling the matter reasonably, it set off a witch hunt against prominent Bush Administration officials, not because they were guilty of any wrongdoing but because they committed the Thought Crime of being conservatives.

Ultimately, the Plame Scandal will inform any special prosecutorial investigation into the amorphous Trump-Russia “scandal” that the Left has been hocking since last Fall. This “scandal” is the Left’s lazy excuse for having lost against Donald Trump, a man they believe to be a buffoon and a scoundrel. If this kind of witch hunt occurs in the Trump Administration, given all of the animus and distrust directed toward the president (a majority of it being absolutely baseless), it will destroy the Administration in the same way that the Plame investigation eviscerated the Bush Administration.

Like a dirty bomb set to go off at a specific time, any special prosecutor investigation will slowly tear the Administration apart. It will pit coworkers against coworkers. As the ticking time bomb gets closer to detonation, it will force President Trump into a dangerously defensive posture. And, the longer the investigation drags on (and it will go on for an inordinate amount of time), the more the media coverage will reach critical mass, and the less credibility the Trump Administration will have with the voters. As President Trump’s leadership loses credibility; as he is forced to take more time out of his governing agenda and focus on protecting his Administration from a baseless investigation, his governing agenda will grind to a halt.

Ultimately, the bomb will detonate: someone, somewhere in the Administration will be convicted…of something―anything. It will likely have nothing to do with Trump and it will likely be unrelated to any illicit Russian connections; it would probably be a process crime. Like the “Scooter” Libby indictment, it will simply remove a highly effective, very loyal member of the Trump team. In so doing, it will further neuter the Trump Administration’s ability to lead. What’s more, the Left will spin this in the same manner that they spun the Plame Scandal conviction of “Scooter” Libby: as proof-positive that a Republican president betrayed the oath of his office.

The Democrats will be given the reprieve they need going into 2018. They will then be given the momentum they require to effectively challenge the Republicans in 2020. Even if they cannot ultimately win in 2020; if the voters decide to give Trump another chance, as they did with George W. Bush in 2004, Trump’s effectiveness will have been permanently diminished. And, like in 2006, the Republicans will become slowly consumed by a renewed Democratic Party, which will inevitably reignite the radical lurch to the Left that America experienced under President Obama.

This will all have become a reality because of a handful of thin-skinned, weak-kneed, morally vacuous Congressional Republicans who were too scared to stand up for their president (and maybe throw the ball back in the Democrats’ face). Where is the investigation of Susan Rice? Why haven’t Clinton and her senior advisers been dragged to federal court for all of their skullduggery? Why aren’t leading Republicans questioning former President Obama (and other Obama staffers) about their roles in the illegal unmasking of senior Trump campaign aides from last year?

The Congressional Republicans need to grow a spine and stop going wobbly in the face of psychotic political aggression from the Left. There can be no more ground given on this issue. Stop giving Senator Dianne Feinstein and her colleagues time during committee hearings to keep perpetuating this lie. GOP leaders should publicly disown equivocating remarks from Republican Senators, such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham, when they start to align with the Democrats in their calls for a special prosecutor.

Lastly, Trump voters: keep a list of all of those Republicans who are betraying the voters by siding against their party’s leader. When 2018 comes around, make sure these folks get primaried. These weak Republicans are worse than the Democrats because, at least the Left is fighting for what they believe. These Republicans are just interested in keeping their own little fiefdoms and staying in the good graces of their elite pals, like Joe Scarborough.

Like many Trump voters, I am losing patience with wobbly Republicans. Tell these squeamish elected officials: no special prosecutor for the Trump-Russia “scandal” or no reelection in 2018. Focus on Making America Great Again.

 

About the Author:

Brandon J. Weichert
Brandon J. Weichert is a contributing editor to American Greatness. A former Republican Congressional staffer and national security expert, he also runs The Weichert Report, www.theweichertreport.com, an online journal of geopolitics. He holds Master's degree in Statecraft & National Security from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. He is also an Associate Member of New College at Oxford University and holds a B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University. He is currently completing a book on national security space policy due out next year.
  • Whiskey Sam

    Andrew McCarthy had an insightful article on special prosecutors, pointing out there has to be a crime for them to investigate. Collusion is not a crime, even if there were evidence of it. https://pjmedia.com/andrewmccarthy/2017/05/13/what-crime-would-a-special-prosecutor-prosecute/

    The Surrender Caucus has looked to undermine the Trump administration from the moment the election was over. They’ve proven the accusation that they never had any interest in putting into effect what they ran on and continue to sell their country out to curry favor with the opposition. They’re more interested in the perks of office than reform and getting things done, and it’s time they were held to account.

    • Dennis Schaaf

      I read the article.
      Andy should sit down with these losers and explain how the law works.

  • 2summer4

    Outstanding! I just might send this to my “representatives” – two neverTrumpers in the Senate and one squish in the House….all Republicans.

    • CincyGal

      Oh, are you from Ohio too???

  • dmreiter

    R’s are wimps. They don’t deserve our support. But where to go? That’s the problem. The Left has gone insane with hate (media included). This is the fight of our lives. And our voted in Reps fail us. What to do…

    • mauloa

      A new party is needed. And the caring public needs to shun the MSM – money is power – and if they have no subscribers, ads, sponsors, etc. they will change.

  • William Westchester

    The cowardly CongPubs know not the mandate in Ephesians 6:16: “Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”

    • Epaminondas

      Got it. I’m off to the Shield-of-Faith store.

  • Chiral

    Patricians of Rome incarnate…

  • jack dobson

    It’s a clear-cut proposition: the Republicans will hold the House, perhaps narrowly, unless they appoint a special prosecutor to chase a non-existent crime. Then the Republicans will lose. We shouldn’t have to tell these fine servants of the Administrative State what is at stake. As an aside, Paul Ryan is the most despised Speaker to serve since polling began, and Republican members have done little thus far, so the fact they aren’t certain losers speaks more to the corruption and anti-Americanism of the Democrats than anything else.

    As to the banana republic aspects of the United States, I’ve sadly come to realize my beloved country is a Banana Empire, more akin to the Soviet Union in its last gasp than the confident republic it was for a century and a half. People have profited from reducing America to this sad state, and they occupy powerful positions in D.C. These are the monsters who want to conduct a coup against President Trump. They must be stopped, and if elected Republicans won’t do what is required, the people will have to force them to do so.

    • Kenny A

      “I’ve sadly come to realize my beloved country is a Banana Empire”

      And we all know who the Banana Emperor is.

  • Dennis Schaaf

    Honest to Christ these spineless pukes make me sick.
    They can’t stand success. It’s like they’re afraid to be too successful.

  • GrannyAesop

    We’ve only had one party in power for decades; some of the members just use aliases to get elected.

  • sosumi idk

    The Washington Examiner is running an op-ed saying “the voters” should “tell Trump he’s fired” – that is, impeach him on the grounds that impeachable offenses can be whatever we say they are.

    At what point are we allowed to say “okay this crosses the line into sedition”? “The voters” are not the ones who want to “fire” Trump; elites who are mad that voters didn’t do as they were told are, and they’re openly talking about abusing powers for the express purpose of overthrowing a legitimate election.

    • Kenny A

      “impeach him on the grounds that impeachable offenses can be whatever we say they are”

      Congress has the “absolute right”, as it were, to determine what constitutes “high crimes and misdemeanors”.

      “At what point are we allowed to say “okay this crosses the line into sedition”?”

      Any point you’d like. Not that it makes one bit of difference, any more than the loony left screaming “treason!”. There is no sedition here and there is no treason here. There is an entirely unsuitable man in an office beyond his abilities doing his best to make it impossible for the rest of us to ignore the fact that he’s in above his head.

      • sosumi idk

        The words “high crimes and misdemeanors” cannot be stretched to include “we want an election do-over” without breaking the Union.

        This is where we come back to the founders’ quotes about how this nation’s new government is for a moral and virtuous people – it won’t work for any other kind – or how this government is “a republic – if you can keep it’.

        The USA was founded on the belief that citizens would protect against this sort of abuse. It may be that democracy is not yet ready – that the ordinary citizen is still too stupid, greedy, or incompetent for self-governance – but I hope that is not the case: I want America to survive.

        • Kenny A

          It can certainly be stretched to include arrant presidential incompetence and abuse of power. That is the appearance now, like it or not. Naturally, it will require sober inquiry and the careful assembly of evidence to move beyond mere appearance. If it does, then expect impeachment.

          The rest of it – dark musings about “breaking the Union”, “a virtuous people”, “not yet ready for democracy”, is mere infantile self-soothing.

          • sosumi idk

            Checks & balances are always the first thing the Utopians attack. That’s why it always ends badly.

          • CincyGal

            My “infantile self-soothing” tells me that the Union will break if the election is not respected. And I will be one of the people willing to break it. Frankly, Switzerland is the only country that has been able to maintain democratic self-rule over the centuries. Seems we need a few more mountains.

          • Kenny A

            Fine, go ahead, have a ball, I’m fine with it.

      • CosmotKat

        If that was the case they should have impeached Obama. Nothing Trump has done thus far matches or even comes close to the treachery of the failed former president Obama. Obama was nothing but a slick politician driven by hatred who was always over his head, but with a sycophantic press and a circle of traitors around him gave him the a patina of competence, but the intellectually honest were never fooled.

        • Kenny A

          One of those, apparently.

    • Severn

      The Washington Examiner is part of the neverTrump “right” which tried so hard to hand the election to Hillary Clinton.

  • Guy

    A special prosecutor means a never-ending story about nothing that does nothing more than keep this sorry business in the news, distracts from the real scandal and prevents genuine reforms from ever taking place. People voted for them for very specific reasons. If they don’t keep their pledge, they are toast.
    The GOPe just continues to show how ineffectual they are and displays how weak and liable to manipulation by the Dumbs they are. Why vote for Republicans anyway?

    • mauloa

      We didn’t have a special prosecutor for Ms. Hillary and one isn’t needed now. It’s a political ploy as is the word “impeachment”. Finally the word impeachment will reach the same non-meaning as “racist”.

  • mauloa

    The Republican party’s wobbly problem lies within its leadership, namely Ryan and McConnell. To secure their job/election year after year – they sell out to the Democrats every time – that’s the way to keep stability in D.C. in their view. It goes back to Chuck Percy from Illinois – when he was a senate leader – he gave away the store – all in the name of peaceful civility. Didn’t work then and isn’t working now. If it is up to the current GOP leaders – there will be no Republican continued era.

  • CincyGal

    Well put. The Wobbly Republicans are indeed acting as if they had lost the election. Perhaps they did. Perhaps they have more in common with the Washington Establishment than with the electorate.

  • Apollo

    What is an “Associate Member” of New College at Oxford University? I am curious but couldn’t find anything at all on their webpage.

    Does it mean that you are currently studying abroad there, or teach, or…?

    (Great article, by the way. It is not a pleasant development that a “special counsel” has been appointed in the interim…)