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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.”

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.”

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“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.

“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.”

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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.

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.

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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.

Read the full report at The New York Times.


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Jeffrey Epstein’s IT consultant reveals he saw girls who ‘couldn’t have more than 15 or 16’ on private island

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ABC News broke a story just after midnight Thursday about a former IT consultant of Jeffrey Epstein's who resigned because he couldn't take some of the things he was seeing on Epstein's private island compound.

The island, which has been called "pedophile island" by locals, had "topless women everywhere.

"There were photos of topless women everywhere," said contractor Steve Scully, who began working for Epstein in 1999 and continued for six years. "On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom."

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‘Names are going to start coming out’: New report says more elites will be exposed in the Epstein case — and ‘DC is on edge’

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Will other powerful people — presumably men — get taken down as a result of the sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein?

That’s the hope of many closer followers of the story, but it’s far from clear what, if any, fallout there will be. Epstein’s connections to Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump have raised suspicions about potential evidence of their wrongdoing, such suspicions remain unproven. Alan Dershowitz has already faced accusations of being involved in Epstein’s crimes, though he denies the charge vigorously.

But a new report from Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman says that “DC is on edge” over the Epstein case, and any elites who have run in his circles could be involved. Dozens of girls, if not more, are believed to be involved in his alleged sex trafficking, and lawyers for some of the women who have accused Epstein are strongly suggesting that other high-profile figures will be implicated.

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‘It’s so un-American’: Internet scorches Trump supporters for racist chants of ‘Send her back!’

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The ignoble highlight of President Donald Trump's rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday was when his fans doubled down on his racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color and targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), chanting "Send her back! Send her back!"

Political commentators of all stripes were gobsmacked by the crowd's naked racism — and buried them in condemnation:

The crowd at Trump’s rally chanting “send her back” after the President viciously and dishonestly attacked Ilhan Omar is one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.

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