Republicans Show No Signs They’re Ready To Break With Trump As Scandals Pile Up
WASHINGTON ― Reports Tuesday that fired FBI Director James Comey’s notes say President Donald Trump pressured him to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn sparked another wave of shock and outrage on Capitol Hill ― and even talk of impeachment among the usually reserved.
The revelations, reportedly based on a memo Comey wrote after meeting with the president in February, pushed Republicans into a familiar posture: trying to avoid Trump’s mess without actually doing anything about it.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), chair of the committee tasked with investigating whether Flynn or other Trump associates were linked to Russian efforts to influence the election, insisted the burden of proof was on The New York Times, which broke the story, to publish the Comey memo ― even though he can subpoena it.
Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) wouldn’t comment on the Times report, but scolded reporters for pursuing the “wrong” story. There’s a “weasel in here somewhere,” he said, referring to whoever leaked the previous day’s Trump scandal about the president sharing secret intelligence with Russian officials.
“This person is a traitor, they’ve committed treason, and they ought to go to prison,” Risch said.
Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.), a Trump ally, declined to comment, except to say there have been a lot of “misleading reports.”
Congressional Republicans have grown accustomed to comments like these. With Trump seeming to tumble into a fresh scandal every few days, his supporters in the House and Senate have mastered ways of expressing disappointment, but doing nothing. When Flynn was forced to resign four weeks into the new administration over secret discussions […]