One of the Republicans' key James Comey talking points went down in flames Wednesday night with the revelation that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice.
In an appearance on Fox News Sunday following Comey's testimony, RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel repeatedly pressed the talking point that Comey's testimony proved Trump was not personally under investigation, a talking point that the RNC ran with even before Comey testified.
The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said.
The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.
The WaPo report cites only anonymous officials, but that didn't stop McDaniel from going after Special Counsel Mueller by name:
This is a doubling-down of an RNC strategy to defend Trump at all costs, even calling for an end to the Congressional investigations on the White House's behalf. As Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) points out, though, there's one thing missing from this, and other, defenses of Trump:
The Trump administration is apparently pretty panicked over this report. Shortly after it was published, the White House released its press schedule for Thursday, which features a briefing with Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that, the schedule notes, is “Off-Camera (not for broadcast or audio).”
Sooner or later, the RNC is going to realize that there are lots of other Republicans who aren't Donald Trump and would actually like to be reelected, but for now, they seem happy to implode their entire party with him.
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