Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) sent out a tweet that called out Republicans as enabling Donald Trump. GOP members of the Legislative branch know that their job is to balance the Executive branch of the U.S. government. Yet, they have been intentionally shirking their duty, and history will judge them “harshly.”
Lieu tweeted “They are being cowards”:
‘I know GOP Members who truly believe @FBI of liberalism & Uranium One is a scandal. I don’t fault true believers. But many GOP Members do not share those beliefs, yet enable Trump to smear our institutions. They are being cowards & history will judge them harshly.’
He also warned that the House members are supporting Trump’s campaign to “smear our institutions:”
In his tweet, Lieu included a second tweet, this one from neo-conservative political analyst and commentator and founder of The Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol, who wrote:
‘In the end, our institutions and norms can’t simply defend themselves. Here in America the people rule. Ultimately the people and their elected officials have to rally to the defense of institutions and norms. The people have to stand up to the demagogue.’
Kristol was referring to Donald Trump, the man who has been “a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power,” which is the very definition of “demagogue,” according to Merriam-Webster.
Lieu’s tweet came as a result of the House Intelligence Committee Republicans releasing the Nunes memo. The three and one-half page paper alleged the Justice Department was abusing governmental surveillance powers.
It claimed the senior Justice Department officials improperly used the infamous Steele dossier to get surveillance warrants for Carter Page. The man worked as a Trump campaign foreign adviser and on the Trump transition team. Nunes’ memo said that it proved the whole basis for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign was biased.
Ironically, the same memo stated that a former Trump campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, triggered the investigation, not Page.
The Democrats on the committee asked that the Nunes memo not be released, but if it must, a Democratic rebuttal should be released at the same time. Nunes declined.
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