It didn’t take long. What people feared most about Donald Trump … his autocratic tendencies, his disdain and total lack of understanding of the Constitution, his disregard for the rule of law … has finally come to fruition.
People are comparing Trump’s firing of FBI director, James Comey, to Richard Nixon’s sacking of Archibald Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor.
Trump’s firing of Comey, while the FBI is in the midst of a counter-intelligence investigation into whether Trump or any of his associates cooperated with Russia during the 2016 election, is much worse.
Trump’s action is not meant to stifle an investigation into a president’s personal wrongdoing and cover-up, ala Nixon, but a probe into whether a band of Trump associates, during the campaign, colluded with a foreign government to influence the outcome of the presidential election.
Could there be a greater scandal than the possible subversion of our democracy by a foreign enemy … with Trump and associates as willing accomplices?
While Trump’s latest assault on an independent FBI has lead nearly all Democrats to call for a special prosecutor, or independent committee, to investigate “Russiagate,” only a handful of Republicans have joined the chorus.
One such Republican is John McCain.
“I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The president’s decision to remove the FBI Director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee,” said McCain.
But for all his criticism of Donald Trump and his style of governing, the former “maverick” has gone along with Trump’s agenda. Yes, he has criticized some of Trump’s actions but when it has actually mattered, he has dutifully fallen in line.
For a small group of Republican senators, will it finally be country over party? Or will it be business as usual, allowing the most corrupt administration in recent history to continue to wreak havoc on our democracy?
It is time for moderate Republicans such as Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John McCain (R-AZ to show themselves as the true patriots they claim to be. Talk is cheap. Action is what counts.
The fate of a nation may hang in the balance.
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