Eleven congressional Republicans sent a letter to the FBI and Department of Justice demanding criminal investigations of Trump's top critics, including Hillary Clinton and James Comey.
A group of Trump’s strongest supporters in Congress are demanding the FBI and the Justice Department go after his biggest critics.
Eleven Republican congresspeople sent a letter addressed to the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the U.S. Attorney for Utah asking for a criminal investigation of people including Hillary Clinton, James Comey, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, among others.
The representatives making the plea are Ron DeSantis (FL), Andy Biggs (AZ), Dave Brat (VA), Jeff Duncan (SC), Matt Gaetz (FL), Paul Gosar (AZ), Andy Harris (MD), Jody Hice (GA), Todd Rokita (IN), Claudia Tenney (NY), and Ted Yoho (FL).
The content of the document reads like the rantings of a conspiracy theorist, and echoes many of the bizarre ideas floated on Trump’s favorite media outlet, Fox News.
The letter accuses Comey of crimes associated with the FBI investigation of Clinton’s email server, and even complains about Comey writing notes about his encounters with Trump. The accusations here mirror Trump’s recent tweets whining about the recent release of Comey’s book.
Within the document, they “refer Hillary Clinton to DOJ for potential violations,” citing the dossier assembled about Trump, insinuating election interference by a foreign national in their kooky attack on Clinton.
Ironically, those who have signed on to the letter have led the Congressional crusade to cover up for Trump, and have tried to stop the investigations into the Trump campaign’s communications with Russian operatives.
They have also made hailing Trump and his presidency central to their political careers.
Rep. Matt Gaetz has been ubiquitous on cable news, repeatedly hawking all manner of conspiracies in the course of attacking special counsel Robert Mueller.
Rep. Andy Biggs argued that not applauding Trump during his State of the Union address meant you might have “some ‘splaining to do” to God.
Rep. Todd Rokita has made being a superfan of Trump the centerpiece of his ongoing Senate campaign.
Trump wants to stand above the law and only be praised, not scrutinized or criticized. But the latter are the hallmarks of a free and open republic.
And these Republican members of Congress support making Trump’s pipe dreams a reality, apparently, by invoking the law against their political opponents in an attempt to enable Trump’s authoritarianism.
Trump cannot advance toward his dark vision for the country without lapdogs who execute his wishes, and these 11 Republicans are leading the advance team.