Republicans would rather talk about anything than their president’s submissive position toward Russian president Vladimir Putin, his alleged conspiracy with the Kremlin in the 2016 election, his subsequent obstruction of the resulting investigation, and alleged longtime foreign money-laundering by his Trump Organization.
Their favorite scapegoat to distract from Republican wrongdoing is Hillary Clinton. Since long before Trump was elected, conservative lawmakers have subjected Mrs. Clinton to innumerable hours of trumped up hearings because they, like Putin, fear her efficacy in achieving Democratic goals.
Now, the familiar characters, including House Oversight chairman, Trey “Benghazi” Gowdy (R-TN), and House Judiciary chairman, Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), are subpoenaing the Department of Justice for 1.2 million documents related to their probe into the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, as well as information regarding FISA warrants and Friday’s firing of former FBI director, Andrew McCabe.
Their priorities are “upside-down,” as NewYork congressmen, Jerry Nadler, said in a statement today, adding:
Instead of using our time and resources to conduct oversight on pressing matters that actually impact our country today — like the Russian government’s ongoing attack on our elections or President Trump’s crusade to undermine the independence of the Department of Justice — Judiciary Republicans have chosen to issue a unilateral subpoena to acquire information related to Hillary Clinton’s emails.
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— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 23, 2018
The Department of Justice has largely complied with that request, transmitting new documents to the Committee every two weeks since late last year. It seems that this subpoena is intended to speed up that production to pivot the discussion back to Hillary Clinton and divert attention from the chaos surrounding the Trump Administration and allegations involving the Trump campaign.
Given the Department’s ongoing delays in producing these documents, I am left with no choice but to issue the enclosed subpoena to compel production of these documents.
However, according to today’s The Hill, Department of Justice spokesman Ian Prior contends:
We are individually reviewing the remaining documents to ensure that they do not include grand jury information, information about ongoing law enforcement actions involving American citizens, or privileged attorney-client communications. In cases where redactions have been necessary, the Department has, when appropriate, provided Committee staff an opportunity for in-camera [in-room] review of unredacted materials . . . Since January, more than two dozen FBI staff have been assisting the Department in producing, on a rolling basis, responsive documents to the Committee’s broad request every 10 to 14 days.
Despite the DOJ’s backbends to comply with Republicans’ endless investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails, conservative lawmakers will continue to use them as a political stalking horse. Earlier this month, they even called for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the FBI.
In so doing, they are aiding and abetting Trump’s obstruction of justice. True patriots, regardless of their party, would be getting to the bottom of treason. The Intel committee even went so far as to release a premature, trumped up report concluding that there was “no collusion” with Russia.
In fact, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, McCabe, former FBI director James Comey are all lifelong Republicans, with the latter two releasing a memo about Hillary Clinton’s emails just days before the 2016 presidential election, effectively tanking her campaign, even though they had cleared her of any wrongdoing.
Nevertheless, Trump and his Republican henchmen in the House have smeared them, in a coordinated campaign to discredit the Russia probe.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe last Friday, based on what he called a “lack of candor” about Mrs. Clinton’s emails, when in fact McCabe had led an investigation into Sessions’ own possible perjury about Russia in congressional hearings.
Republicans will stop at nothing to distract from their raging dumpster fire of a so-called “president,” who is unravelling by the minute as Mueller closes in on him, most recently subpoenaing the Trump Organization for Russia-related documents.
Just today, news broke that the hacker Guccifer 2.0 who broke into DNC emails during the election turns out to be a Russian intelligence officer, who communicated directly with top Trump campaign aid and longtime friend, the former Nixon disciple, Roger Stone.
No wonder Republican lawmakers want to put up a red herring to divert attention from the real story. Fortunately, Mueller is not easily distracted.