Every GOP lawmaker should be pushed to answer a simple question: If the president fired Comey to slow down the Russia investigation and concocted a cover story that included sending out the vice president and others to lie, would you consider that an impeachable offense? If the answer is no, then they approve — when it’s their man in the Oval Office — subversion of our justice system. (This would be as if Republicans in 1974 shrugged their shoulders upon hearing the tape of President Richard Nixon’s approving use of the CIA to clamp down on the FBI. Here, Trump didn’t bother with a middleman, but rather, fired the FBI director himself in plain sight.)
One therefore can see why Republicans comically — and pathetically — are straining to ignore the mounds of evidence piling up. Perhaps they will never concede the obvious, namely, “Trump was frustrated when Comey revealed in Senate testimony the breadth of the counterintelligence investigation into Russia’s effort to sway the 2016 U.S. presidential election. And he fumed that Comey was giving too much attention to the Russia probe and not enough to investigating leaks to journalists.”
When one party acts in ways the public finds irresponsible and repugnant, it generally does not hold on to power. Unless the GOP resolves this mess and shows that it can tell fact from fiction, right from wrong, 2018 is likely to be a bloodbath.