The United States seems likely to soon hit a total of 100,000 deaths from the Coronavirus, but Senate Republicans seem squarely focused on getting back at President Donald Trump’s political opponents. To that end, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) recently announced that his committee would soon be voting on the power to approve subpoenas for a slew of former Obama administration officials who Republicans wrongly claim had some role in the supposedly questionable investigations of the Trump campaign. What will those subpoenas accomplish other than political theater? The answer is nothing, but that didn’t stop Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) from supporting them in a Senate floor speech this week anyway.
What’s adorable is that whatever Trump has on @LindseyGrahamSC can’t be as embarrassing and damning as what Graham is doing to his own legacy by being his most fervent and obedient apologist. 💗
— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) May 18, 2020
‘Senate Republicans are taking steps to issue new subpoenas to a wide variety of Obama administration officials… The American people deserve answers about how such abuses could happen. And we intend to get those answers.’
Wow — Graham announces Senate Judiciary will vote on a broad subpoena giving him the authority to compel documents and testimony from former Obama administration officials as part of the committee’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe. pic.twitter.com/2wHZ5XzwZZ
— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) May 18, 2020
That is just pointless political ranting. What Americans deserve is some kind of systematic support from the federal government so they don’t die due to the still-spreading Coronavirus, which could kill tens of thousands of more people in coming weeks and months, according to the University of Washington. Instead of getting that federal government support, Americans are stuck with excuses for leaders like McConnell, who’s imagining that there’s some kind of huge need to save the oh-so-persecuted Donald Trump from dastardly Democrats, but that’s delusional. Trump and his associates interacted with the Russians, and they got caught, plain and simple.
Just remember Republicans did this and set the precedent- so no whining in early 2021 when the hearings on Trump begin! https://t.co/2KzTO86zZO
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) May 19, 2020
During his remarks, McConnell noted the inaccuracies that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found in applications to surveil Trump associate Carter Page, who only ever even had limited contact, at best, with the eventual president. Nevertheless, the president’s Republican allies have attempted to use those “inaccuracies” as basis for claims that there’s really some kind of grand conspiracy against the president after all.
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) May 19, 2020
In reference to Horowitz’s findings, McConnell commented:
‘This is just one of the realities that President Trump’s Democratic critics spent years calling conspiracy theories or inventions of the president’s mind. Yet here it is, in black and white, from exactly the kind of independent inspector general that Democrats rush to embrace when convenient.’
That same inspector general concluded that political bias did not affect the founding of the Russia investigation.
Just asked Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham about timing of his probe looking at how Russia investigation was conducted – and he wants it done by September/October and before elections.
“I want to do it before the election – I want to get all the information out there.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 19, 2020
There’s an easy explanation for McConnell’s comments — political expedience. In recent days, Trump publicly called out the GOP leader for supposedly not doing enough to go after Dems. In response to a post with that kind of criticism, Trump tweeted:
‘Mitch, I love you, but this is 100% true. Time is running out. Get tough and move quickly, or it will be too late. The Dems are vicious, but got caught. They MUST pay a big price for what they have done to our Country. Don’t let them get away with this!’
The level of paranoia that the president has on display is absolutely staggering. This is the kind of nonsense that the U.S. is left with as it continues to struggle through the Coronavirus pandemic.