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Republicans painted as complicit in Trump-Russia scandal because they’re too worried about keeping their jobs

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Republican elected officials are too worried about keeping their jobs to do their jobs, so much so that it’s drawing accusations of complicity.

A New York Times report Sunday cited several elected Republicans fearful their party is so dedicated to President Donald Trump that opposing him will be their undoing.

“We have indulged myths and fabrications, pretended it wasn’t so bad, and our indulgence got us the capitulation in Helsinki,” said outgoing Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), in a floor speech last week. “We in the Senate who have been elected to represent our constituents cannot be enablers of falsehoods.”

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But polls show that 66 percent of Republican voters support the president’s Helsinki incident, even if 50 percent of Americans disapprove. It can spell disaster for any incumbent stuck in a Republican primary against a follower of the president.

“There’s nothing you can do to stop a president, let alone this president, from saying what he thinks or what he wants to say,” said Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA). He was one of few GOP members to break with his party in protecting Mueller’s job. “I think a lot of Republicans feel it’s not worth engaging because all you do is upset a lot of Republican voters.”

“I’ve said it over and over again, I’ve said it to the president,” said Sen Bob Corker (R-TN). “If we have problems, let’s fix them, but when you start trying to cause Americans purposefully to distrust the Department of Justice or the F.B.I., you’re doing tremendous damage to our nation.”

For once, Democrats and a few Republicans have come together for a bipartisan demand to protect national security.

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“The road to the Helsinki disaster was paved by Republican inaction every time Trump overstepped,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “Their silence, their acquiescence to things they know are wrong have given Trump the extra jolt he needed.”

Those on team Trump, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) are seeking to blame former President Barack Obama for Trump’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Their spin is that if Obama had acted against Putin or made it public that Russians were trying to meet with Trump’s children and his staffers, somehow none of this would have happened.

Sean Hannity, Fox News host and senior advisor to Trump, tested this new messaging theory on his show in wake of the Helsinki press conference. He finally admitted that the 2016 election had been hacked.

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If Republicans wanted to hold hearings that had nothing to do with Trump specifically, at least six other incidents have occurred in which Russia impacted American security or were linked to policy reversals. Congress hasn’t investigated.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has spread conspiracy theories, stopped Democrats from calling critical witnesses and ultimately shut down the investigation after a meeting with the White House. Democrats responded by calling for Nunes to be stripped from his chairmanship of the committee, but Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) refused.

“He’s focusing on keeping our country safe, focused on national security,” Ryan said of Nunes in February.

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Read the full report at The New York Times.


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Trump boasts about ordering Iran strike while reporters watch: ‘You’d have a nice, big story to report’

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During an appearance with the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the Oval Office, Donald Trump boasted to reporters he could wipe out Iran that very moment-- and that would give them something to write about.

The president referred to the fact that he has previously been accused of wanting to plunge the country into war before praising himself for his self-restraint.

That led to an extended riff by the president on the damage he could inflict on Iran.

"The easiest thing I could do would be, 'Go ahead, fellas, go do it,'" Trump said of the Pentagon. "And that would be a very bad day for Iran. That's the easiest thing I could do, it's so easy. And for all of those that say, 'Oh, they should do it, it shows weakness,' actually, in my opinion, it shows strength."

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Dem lawmaker encourages acting-DNI to ignore White House and deliver the whistleblower report directly to Congress

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Appearing on CNN on Friday morning to discuss an alarming whistleblower report on Donald Trump's actions that the president's administration is withholding from Congress, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) encouraged the acting Director of National Intelligence to hand the report over and ignore the administration.

Speaking with CNN host Jim Sciutto, Swalwell made a direct appeal to acting-DNI head Joseph Maguire.

"This is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to unite and say, we don't want this in our democracy," Swalwell explained. "You know, that's why I wrote the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to, you know, have a bipartisan commission look at this."

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‘Time for a new special counsel’: Ex-DOJ inspector general calls for formal probe of Trump-Ukraine calls

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A veteran law enforcement official called for a new special counsel investigation of President Donald Trump's communications with the Ukrainian president.

An intelligence official filed a whistleblower complaint against the president, and speculation has begun to focus the report concerns Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. aid -- and former Justice Department official Michael Bromwich called for a formal probe.

"Time for a new Special Counsel," Bromwich tweeted.

Bromwich -- inspector general for the Department of Justice from 1994-1999, former assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel for Iran-Contra -- was responding to a summation of the allegations against Trump.

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