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‘Shameless’ Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio shredded by conservative for turning a blind eye to Trump’s crimes

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In a scathing column for the Washington Post, conservative columnist Max Boot lashed out at “shameless” Republicans for looking the other way when confronted with evidence that President Donald Trump is likely guilty of multiple crimes that could lead to impeachment.

Noting a history of unrelenting attacks by Republicans on Democratic presidents such as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Boot made the claim that the GOP only respects the president if he is a member of their own party.

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In particular, he cited the defense of Trump by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who has quite a different view about presidential impeachment and breaking the law when it was a Democrat in the Oval Office — with Rubio also ignoring the actions of Attorney General Bill Barr.

“How much more shameful is it now that the members of the president’s party … will not come out ‘forcefully, unambiguously, publicly’ to call out President Trump for his illegal and unethical conduct and insist that he comply with congressional attempts to unearth the facts,” Boot asked rhetorically, before noting, “More than 800 former federal prosecutors say Trump would have been indicted for obstruction of justice if he were not president.”

Pointing to a recently unearthed video of Rubio criticizing former AG Eric Holder, Boot caustically wrote, “Needless to say, Rubio is not calling for Barr to resign. Indeed, he doesn’t have a censorious word to say about the Trump administration’s current stonewalling.”

As for Graham, relating to the then-House member pushing for the impeachment of Bill Clinton, Boot called him out on his obvious hypocrisy.

“Rubio is joined in the hypocrisy hall of fame by Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) who, as a House member in 1998, demanded that President Bill Clinton be impeached for, inter alia, refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas,” Boot explained. “The Republicans’ reluctance to investigate Trump is sometimes explained by pointing to their devotion to unlimited executive power — a GOP obsession ever since Watergate. But their past statements make clear that this is not the case. Republicans believe in presidential power only when the president is a Republican. When it’s a Democrat, they suddenly discover the importance of congressional oversight. ”

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He then lowered the boom.

“There is no disinterested principle that could possibly explain or excuse Republican conduct,” he wrote. “Their only principle is blind partisanship. We are in a ‘constitutional crisis,’ as Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) says, and Republicans are siding with their party over the Constitution.”

You can read the whole thing here.

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