Rule of Law(less) Republicans

Earlier this month, NeverTrumpers unveiled their latest grudge-clique, “Republicans for the Rule of Law.” (This is only slightly better than the pitifully lame, “Meeting of the Concerned” that the NTs convened in 2017.)

Just like every other failed effort by the Right to resist President Trump, RRL is headed by Bill Kristol, the editor-at-large-and-getting-larger of The Weekly Standard. The group produced a campaign-style ad on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, touting him as a war hero and pristine lawman. RRL insists that if the president fires Mueller, it will violate the Rule of Law and throw the country into an immediate constitutional crisis.

Since Inauguration Day, NeverTrumpers have spent a lot of time lecturing us peons about the Rule of Law. (Another Kristol-led group formed just days after the presidential election pledged to defend “equal rights and the rule of law.” This guy is like the Marcia Brady of the NeverTrump tribe, joining every group to gain popularity with the cool kids on the Left.) Kristol has tweeted about the Rule of Law dozens of times often accusing – without evidence – the Trump presidency of being an “assault” on the Rule of Law.

But NeverTrump’s fidelity to the Rule of Law seems awfully selective these days. Since Andrew McCabe was nailed for lying to federal investigators in an explosive DOJ report – and subsequently referred for criminal charges – Mr. Rule Of Law has had nothing to say. In fact, Kristol defended McCabe when he was fired, suggesting the move was “unfair and ungenerous.” Now that we know the firing was not only justified, but that the Number 2 lawman at the FBI lied and tried to cover it up, Mr. Rule of Law is oddly silent: Zero tweets or mea culpas.

Same goes for other NeverTrumpers and Rule of Law Lovers, many of whom portrayed McCabe as the innocent victim of a thuggish president. Jennifer Rubin, the poser “Right-wing” columnist at the Washington Post, called McCabe’s firing “vindictive, small-minded and cruel,” but has yet to say, “my bad!” for coddling the law-breaking FBI honcho. And it’s crickets from folks like Jonah Goldberg – who has written extensively about Trump’s possible criminality related to Stormy Daniels and Michael Cohen – and Max Boot, who wrote an hilarious column last week about McCabe’s “mistakes,” and claims his criminal referral is a Trump vendetta after accusing the GOP of obstruction of justice for releasing James Comey’s memos last week.

Speaking of Comey, the Rule of Law Lovers have clammed up since news broke late Friday that the DOJ’s inspector general will investigate whether the former FBI director leaked classified information to the press. And there’s been no cheering House Republicans  who last week referred several Obama loyalists, including Hillary Clinton, to the Justice Department for possible criminal activity.

As the Trump-Russia hoax is exposed and the string-pullers behind the charade are held accountable, a fun side show will be watching the NeverTrumpers cling to their “But Mueller” blankies while remaining silent on the real law-breakers.

About Julie Kelly

Julie Kelly is a political commentator and senior contributor to American Greatness. She is the author of Disloyal Opposition: How the NeverTrump Right Tried―And Failed―To Take Down the President Her past work can be found at The Federalist and National Review. She also has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, and Genetic Literacy Project. After college graduation, she served as a policy and communications consultant for several Republican candidates and elected officials in suburban Chicago. She also volunteered for her local GOP organization. After staying home for more than 10 years to raise her two daughters, Julie began teaching cooking classes out of her home. She then started writing about food policy, agriculture, and biotechnology, as well as climate change and other scientific issues. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1990 with a degree in communications and minor degrees in political science and journalism. Julie lives in suburban Chicago with her husband, two daughters, and (unfortunately) three dogs.

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