Fed up with the growing chorus of Republicans calling for the firing of the Special Counselor, former President Barack Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, issued a stern ultimatum to GOP members of Congress calling for Robert Mueller’s ouster.
Speaking on behalf of the vast majority of the American people, Republicans in Congress be forewarned:any attempt to remove Bob Mueller will not be tolerated.These are BS attacks on him/his staff that are blatantly political-designed to hide the real wrongdoing. Country not party
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) December 14, 2017
Holder, for his part, is not the only prominent voice castigating Republicans for spreading misinformation and stoking unrest about the ongoing investigation into Trump’s possible collusion with Russians to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
In an interview with Brian Stelter of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” former Washington Post reporter and Watergate investigative journalist Carl Bernstein has accused Fox News hosts and guests of “abetting a cover-up” in Trump’s Russia scandal by calling for Mueller’s firing (video below).
From former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to Rush Limbaugh to Sean Hannity to even Judge Jeanine Pirro, Fox’s hosts and guests – who comprise the closest the United States has to state-run propaganda – have engaged in a baseless smear campaign against Mueller as the special counselor continues to quickly home in on Trump’s inner circle.
“It abets a cover-up because there is a cover-up going on in the White House and among Trump’s aides and former aides relating to the investigations,” Bernstein told Stelter. “We don’t know what the cover-up is about, whether it constitutes an obstruction of justice or a criminal conspiracy at this point.”
“But yes,” he added “because the commentators that you are hearing and showing are not open in any way to the best obtainable version of the truth, to facts, context, who seem to be oblivious to the serial lying of the President of the United States and members of his family and staff. They are abetting a cover-up.”
Even Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has suggested that his party give Mueller “a chance to do his job.”
“I would encourage my Republican friends, give the guy a chance to do his job. The result will be known by the facts, by what he uncovers,” Gowdy said in an interview on Fox News Sunday. “The personalities involved are much less important to me than the underlying facts,” he added. “So, I would say give the guy a chance to do his job.”
While Trump has condemned the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election as a “witch hunt,” Gowdy cast off the claim as unfounded.
“I think Bob Mueller has a really distinguished career of service to our country,” he said. “I don’t think any of your viewers can think of a single thing he did as the FBI director that calls them to have a lack of confidence in him… I think most of your viewers have to be reminded that he actually was the FBI director or that he actually was a U.S. attorney, because he’s a pretty apolitical guy.”
This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2017
Trump has a troubling proclivity for trying to spin an independent federal entity as partisan simply because it is not blindly loyal to his agenda. Comey himself was subject to a Trump “loyalty pledge” almost immediately after Trump took office.
Comey was thrust into the national spotlight after he was fired from his post as FBI Director by Trump in May, 2017. The move was highly criticized and may even serve as the basis for an obstruction of justice charge in special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Despite having been fired, Comey nonetheless testified in front of Congress in June, 2017. There, the former FBI Director revealed that Trump had pressed him to end the FBI’s investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
“I hope you can let this go,” the President told Mr. Comey, according to a memo that he wrote shortly after his meeting.
Flynn, of course, was a primary focus of the investigation as it changed hands from Comey to Mueller. On Friday, Mueller finally charged former national security adviser with “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI.
The fact that Flynn only faced a single charge suggests that the disgraced former national security adviser has been cooperating with or has already provided Mueller with information.
Flynn’s charge and subsequent guilty plea comes only weeks after previous charges were levied against three of Trump’s former aides, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his longtime associate and former campaign adviser Rick Gates, and former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.
Papadopoulos has already pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and has been cooperating with investigators.
If Republicans were able to look beyond the tips of their noses and even attempt to put country over party, they wouldn’t be in the midst of an unprecedented surge of support for the Democratic party. Rest assured, voters will remember this assault on our democracy at the polls in 2018.
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