George W. Bush’s former director of communications, Nicole Wallace, who is now NBC News’ and MSNBC’s chief political analyst, wondered aloud today on her show Deadline if Republicans are “dead inside” for their attacks on lifelong Republican, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. You can watch the video below this article starting at 6:05.
Mueller had the full confidence of both parties when he was appointed to lead the investigation into collusion between Trump’s inner circle and Russia to swing the 2016 presidential election away from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nemesis Hillary Clinton in exchange for lifting sanctions for Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine.
An infuriated Wallace asked:
Why don’t Republicans care that a Republican-led Justice Department, a Republican-led FBI, led by men appointed by Donald Trump is being smeared and the character of the men leading those agencies assassinated by people associated with the Republican Party, not the Democratic Party?
Ms. Wallace herself is a lifelong Republican who worked in the Republican administration prior to the current one and even she can see as plain as day the craven obstruction of justice to which the current Republican-led Congress is a party.
“Here’s the thing,” Wallace pushed, “Why don’t they want to get down to the bottom of Russian collusion?”
Great question, Nicole.
Like so many political operatives in his party, Republican former Congressional Budget Office director Doug Holtz-Eakin did not have an answer for her.
“I obviously can’t answer for a Republican,” he said. “I don’t know how they think about this.”
To which Wallace replied, “Can you call some? I mean, what’s wrong with them?”
Part of the answer could lie in the fact that the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision enabled Russia to fund so many GOP campaigns, including those of Republican leadership, using American PACs as proxies.
Whatever the reason, even reasonable Republicans like Wallace can see that the party is putting party before country. Some would say they are putting Putin before country.