House Republicans just tried to sabotage Mueller probe with dangerous demand

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The latest effort on behalf of President Trump to derail Special Counsel’s investigation into Trump campaign collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign and their clumsy coverup efforts is the most disturbing move they’ve tried to pull so far.

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Trump’s most steadfast allies in the House of Representatives have written a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the Justice Department demanding the names of everyone “past and present” who works or has worked with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, reports Fox News.

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The letter makes clear they want to investigate the background and actions of each investigator, lawyer and staff members in a search for signs that they have a personal bias against Trump.

In the letter written by nine hardcore conservative Republicans – eight of whom are members of the Freedom Caucus, the conservative group in the House – they write that they are “disturbed” by the appointment of people with an anti-Trump bias.

Their letter singles out as an example FBI agent Peter Strzok, attorney Lisa Page, and attorney Kevin Clinesmith.

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Strzok and Page left Mueller’s team last year while these Republicans claim Clinesmith is the attorney identified in the recent report by the Justice Department Inspector General as “Attorney 2,” who also is said to have shown bias against Trump.

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Clinesmith left the Mueller team this past February.

“We know that these biases were shared among multiple people at the FBI and could be easily uncovered by Mr. Mueller with simple vetting,” the letter says. “These individuals should not have been given an opportunity to influence – directly or indirectly – this special counsel investigation.”

This is the latest move by Trump’s right-wing allies in the House to shut down the investigation.

In the past, they have called for the firing of Mueller, called for the firing of Rosenstein,  the appointment of another special counsel to investigate Mueller and his team, defunding Mueller’s probe, demanded classified documents about the investigation and called for an immediate end to his investigation, among a series of efforts to help Trump. 

The letter, according to Fox, is signed by Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Andy Harris (R-MD), Jody Hice (R-GA), Scott Perry (R-PA) and Ralph Norman (R-SC).

Norman is the only one who is not a member of the Freedom Caucus but he’s only been in the House since May 2017 and already has his own colorful history.

In April, Norman met with a group of constituents in South Carolina who are members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

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In a public restaurant, during the conversation, Norman took out a loaded .38 handgun he said to illustrate gun violence is a people issue, not a gun issue.

Members of the group afterward said they felt unsafe and led state Democrats to demand an investigation by law enforcement into felony charges but the red state’s Attorney General’s office, after a brief investigation, declined to press charges.

It doesn’t matter to these arch-conservatives how carefully Mueller has handled the investigation, how quickly he has dismissed anyone who has shown bias or how many indictments and convictions he has already racked up.

Their goal is not justice for America but to protect Trump and the Republican party which has gotten deep into bed with the president, and to set up excuses to charge bias when the Special Counsel finally releases his report, which is likely to be damning to Trump.

While these nine politicians want to create a list that is reminiscent of the 1950s blacklist era, Democrats should put them on a list of Congressional seats to target in the November midterm election and replace them with candidates who want to help America and not just protect a president who lies as much as he breathes.

Benjamin Locke

Benjamin Locke is a retired college professor with an undergraduate degree in Industrial Labor and Relations from Cornell University and an MBA from the European School of Management.

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