One Republican-controlled Senate Committee releasing something damning about Donald Trump’s Russia scandal is happenstance. Two Republican-controlled Senate committees doing it on the same day is anything but a coincidence. Yet the Senate Intel Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee have both chosen to throw Trump under the bus today for his Russia scandal, and it’s time to talk about why.
On the one hand we’ve got the Senate Judiciary Committee releasing a transcript of testimony from Donald Trump Jr which sees him trying and failing to protect his father, while apparently committing perjury along the way. This testimony makes him and his father look guilty, and the mere decision to make it public is a stab at Trump. But this was just the beginning.
On the other hand we’ve got the Senate Intelligence Committee announcing today that Russia did in fact interfere in the election to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton. We already knew this, of course. What’s newsworthy is that Senate Republicans are admitting it. This comes just days after Senate Intel announced that Russian hackers got into the voter registrations databases for key states and were in position to rig the election by altering or deleting voter registration data, thus preventing certain people from being able to vote.
The question is why Republican Senate leaders are suddenly tripping over themselves to throw Donald Trump under the bus on Russia. They must know that something very ugly is about to surface, and they’re trying to protect themselves by distancing themselves from it in advance. So what do they know that we don’t? Whatever it is, they must think it’s coming out soon.
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