The chorus of Republican Senators revolting against their own Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, is now reaching a fever pitch. McConnell has been going out of his way to try to contain any investigation of Russia’s role in rigging the election for Donald Trump, keeping it limited to an existing committee so he can control it. But one by one, Republicans in the Senate are taking a stand against him in the name of forcing the creation of a Select Committee to investigate the matter properly.
The rebellion began when two influential longtime Republican Senators, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, issued a joint statement with leading Senate Democrats demanding that a Select Committee be created. But while McConnell ultimately agreed to go along with a Trump-Russia investigation in a bizarrely uncomfortable video statement, he’s been attempting to pigeon hole it into the existing intelligence committee.
Not good enough, says Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, who according to Politico is introducing a bill which would create a Select Committee to investigate the election cyberterrorism. This will force Mitch McConnell to either allow a Senate-wide vote to take place on it, or make himself look guilty by refusing to allow legislation from his own party to come to the floor. But McConnell may have something specific to hide here.
According to an earlier Washington Post report, Mitch McConnell went out of his way in September to keep a CIA report secret which concluded that Russia was attempting to rig the election for Donald Trump. McConnell went so far as to threaten to politicize the matter if President Obama dared to reveal the information to the American public before the election. And what was McConnell’s motive? Ask his wife.
After Donald Trump was named the winner of the election, one of his first cabinet picks was Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation. But as it turns out, Elaine Chao is the wife of Mitch McConnell. Did Trump and McConnell have some kind of backroom deal in place long before election day? If so, a Senate Select Committee could dig it up, and McConnell wouldn’t be in a position to quash it. With Senate Republicans now revolting against McConnell with regard to this committee, it’ll further raise the question of what he may be hiding.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report