This morning the White House released the above statement from the press secretary’s office.  They are calling for the congressional intelligence committees to expand the scope of their investigations.

This should be a huge red flag to everyone.  Anyone trusting any Republican to conduct a serious  investigation into the Trump-Putin connection, hasn’t been paying attention at all.

Let’s take a close look at Senator Sasse’s statement from yesterday.

“The president today made some very serious allegations, and the informed citizens that a republic requires deserve more information,” Sasse said. “If without [an authorization], the President should explain what sort of wiretap it was and how he knows this. It is possible that he was illegally tapped.”

This is an invitation to expand the investigations into what wire taps were ordered in 2016.

And then there’s this statement from Kabuki star Lindsey Graham.

“I’m very worried that our President is suggesting that the former President’s done something illegally,” the Republican lawmaker said at a packed town hall meeting. “I would be very worried if, in fact, the Obama administration was able to obtain a warrant lawfully about Trump campaign activity with foreign governments.”
“So it’s my job as a United States senator to get to the bottom of this,” Graham added. “I promise you I will.”

Hmmm, so Lindsey Graham is concerned whether Obama got a warrant LAWFULLY.  Another invitation for the congressional committees to expand their investigation into Obama and the wire taps that happened during his administration.

Remember how the Republican right wing propaganda machine was screaming about how whistle-blowers are now illegal leakers?  And then, right on queue, Republicans in congress started screaming the same thing?  And then the house intelligence committee released the scope of their investigation?

  • What Russian cyber activity and other active measures were directed against the United States and its allies?
  • Did the Russian active measures include links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns or any other U.S. Persons?
  • What was the U.S. Government’s response to these Russian active measures and what do we need to do to protect ourselves and our allies in the future?
  • What possible leaks of classified information took place related to the Intelligence Community Assessment of these matters?

And now we have statements that the white house attorney will investigate where the taps came from.

After the White House received heavy criticism for the suggestion that Mr. McGahn would breach Justice Department independence, a different administration official said that the earlier statements about his efforts had been overstated. The official said the counsel’s office was looking at whether there was any legal possibility of gleaning information without impeding or interfering with an investigation. The counsel’s office does not know whether an investigation exists, the official said.

Watch out folks, the Republican fascists may not be able to change the conversation to Obama’s wire taps, but they can obstruct and delay the investigation by these nearly worthless committees.  You better believe while the Democrats are trying to investigate Trump’s Russian connections, the Republicans will be investigating leaks and Obama.  And then they will muddy the waters like they usually do by leaking lies about Obama.

Only an INDEPENDENT bipartisan commission will ever get to the bottom of the Trump/GOP connection to a hostile government.  And the only way we’re going to get that commission, or anything resembling a real investigation, is if we take back the Senate or house in 2018.  Everything is riding on 2018.


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