McConnell rebukes Trump on Russia, endorses hacking investigation

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today broke with Donald Trump, and called for a Senate investigation into Russian interference in the election.

McConnell went out of his way to explicitly defend the CIA, and its agents.

This is seen by many as a direct rebuke of Trump from the top Republican in the Senate. Trump has repeatedly demeaned the CIA, including this morning when Trump suggested that the CIA was part of a partisan conspiracy to undermine his presidency.

Republicans have apparently had enough.

This is an interesting development. I’ve been saying for a while that the key to taking Trump down is the GOP Congress. Republicans in Congress don’t like Trump. And they were willing to throw Trump overboard when his polls were slumping to such a degree that it hurt their re-election chances. All Democrats have to do, and it’s not a small task, is hurt Trump in the polls to the degree that it again worries Republicans about their survival. Then they’ll drop Crazy Trump like a Russian spud.

And that already seems to be happening, with McConnell now joining McCain, Rubio and Graham in expressing concern about Russia hacking the election; and endorsing the Senate’s own investigation.

It’s also interesting that McConnell implicitly rebuked Trump by praising the CIA. Clearly Trump’s accusation that the CIA is a den of traitors bothered someone with influence on the Republican party. Trump, who has no political or Washington experience, is walking into a buzzsaw. It takes a lot of experience to make Washington work for you. Trump doesn’t have it. The people he’s attacking do.

There’s another point as well. The Republicans aren’t traitors. They love their country. I was a Republican, a long time ago. And last thing Republicans would tolerate is the Russians gaining a foothold in our government. Far too many Republicans are far too big of patriots to let that happen. And while some, like McConnell, were willing to look the other way for a while — McConnell was briefed on the Russia problem months ago, and poo-pooed it — others have clearly scared McConnell into acting.

Russia may be strong with Team Trump, but it’s not strong with Team America. We need to keep hitting Trump on his weird and troubling allegiance to Russia’s national interest, because today clearly shows that it’s the GOP’s soft spot.

Now, McConnell and the GOP will surely scrub this investigation for anything too damaging to Trump, but it’s a step in the right direction. And that makes this a good day.

America 1, Trump 0.

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  4. Dover Bill says:

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    I slept on it but still I wonder, too, why John says, “Republicans aren’t traitors. They love their country.” They love their country, so they degrade it before the world time and time again — invading Iraq, the blue dress, derivative bake sales, etc. — for years on end. McConnell had a chance to be an honorable citizen but it meant nothing to him. Republicans are traitors and they do not love the USA.

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  8. rmthunter says:

    That’s not going to happen — McConnell is not going to sit still for an investigation he can’t control.

  9. I’m old enough to remember when Republicans hated Russia and worked for the United States.

  10. mf_roe says:

    tRUMP is mentally defective, he appears to think he can intimidate the Military-Intelligence-complex while he defrauds the US. He is messing with the most experienced psy-ops organizations ever known. He is playing with fire. The question I am worried about is how Pence will come out of the ClusterF*** that is building. A tRUMP elimination that leaves us with Dense-Pence will be just as dangerous as what we have now.

  11. Nicholas A Kocal says:

    Why should we believe the liar Mitch McConnell, who blocked an investigation when he was first informed of the Russian activity in September, actually cares now.

  12. brel1 says:

    Or he knows the CIA has the dirt and he doesn’t want to get thrown under the bus with Donald.

  13. Dover Bill says:

    Fuck Mitch.
    This needs to be investigated by either a select committee or an independent prosecutor.
    Get the politics out of it.

  14. Quilla says:

    I think the Republican Terrorists have won – they’ve made us all cynical and leery of our government, eh?

  15. Demosthenes says:

    Don the Con’s overreaction and defensiveness to Russia’s interference in our election shows he may be complicit.

  16. John Smith says:

    Mitch is getting in front of the investigation to make sure it goes in the right direction

  17. Zorba says:

    You’ve got that right!

  18. Naja pallida says:

    Sorry, forgot my tags. :)

    McConnell could start investigations tomorrow, if he was actually serious about it. He’s just standing at a crossroads, trying to decide if he wants to get run over by the train or the truck – both coming straight at him.

  19. Zorba says:

    Four years from now, assuming that Trump does not win re-election.
    (“Re-election.” Ugh. I just felt a chill up my spine.)

  20. Zorba says:

    If Representative Trey Gowdy could keep the Benghazi hearings going on and on and on, ad infinitum, I’m pretty sure that the Senate Majority Leader could hold hearings and investigations regarding the Russian interference in our recent election.
    But knowing you, Naja, I’m sure that this is what you were getting at, and you are certainly correct.

  21. Naja pallida says:

    If only the Senate majority leader actually had some kind of power to start an investigation, instead of just make vague statements about them while carefully hedging his bets.

  22. Quilla says:

    Let’s see how long it takes for an “investigation” to get started.

    It probably won’t be until 2 years from now and the crackerjack committee of Donald supporters will meet only during the full moon on Tuesdays.

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