Make no mistake about it. Recently, the republicans in the US Congress have been somehow privy to internal polls/ research showing that there will be a tsunami wave of wins by democrats in the upcoming November 2018 elections.
There is a reason that a formerly perceived republican statesman, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is now sounding like he had a lobotomy as he now vociferously defends President Trump on the various Sunday talk shows. Why do you think that the president and his republican sycophants in the White House and the US Congress traveled this past weekend, en masse to Camp David but to have a pow wow on this very same subject. This helps to explain the republicans’ schizophrenic reversal of being initially positive, to now becoming downright hostile towards the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe and its leader, the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III. Have the Democrats noticed that 30 republicans have announced that they are retiring from the US Congress in 2018. The republicans are attempting to do everything possible to mitigate against their expected losses that are predicted post the 2018 mid-term elections.
So, the real reason republicans are pushing to shut down or neuter the FBI’s Trump/ Russia probe is because they don’t want to deal with the negative news which they know will be forthcoming in 2018. This is why I am anxious about protecting with legislation, the lead investigator Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s independence from being hindered/ ended without cause.
The latest republicans’ maneuver to discredit the FBI’s work is being orchestrated by the elders of the US Senate, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, both who are serving on the Senates’s Judiciary Committee.
These two men are blocking “we the people” from reading for ourselves, the transcript of the Fusion GPS executives 10 hours of testimony held before the US Senate’s Judiciary Committee around August 2017, and which the chair Senator Grassley originally indicated was a possibility that he would release it for public consumption. The Fusion GPS personnel have asked that their testimony be made public. (See: New York Times opinion piece. / At Town Hall Chuck Grassley is Pushed to Release Glenn Simpson 8/24/17
The Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee want the transcript released to the public. This leaves only one reason as to why republicans have been firm in their decision to not release this transcript which is because, the information contained within it would put the lie to the republicans’ claims against the dossier.
Here is the rest of the story…
On January 8, 2017, Greg Sargent of the Washington Post penned the following report, It’s time for Democrats to take this drastic step on Trump and Russia.”
“The escalating campaign by President Trump’s allies to discredit the ongoing Russia investigation is based partly on the idea that the probe itself is an illegitimate abuse of power. Some Republicans in Congress are all in on this alt-narrative and are going to great lengths to employ Congress’s investigative machinery to bolster it, plainly in hopes of keeping the real truth about Trump and Russia from coming out.”
“But Democrats can make it harder for Republicans to get away with this. Democrats need to ensure that the transcripts of testimony delivered to Congress by the co-founders of the firm that commissioned the so-called Steele Dossier are made public. Hardball procedural tactics toward this end do exist: A Democratic senator can try to make the transcripts public by reading them into the congressional record on the floor.”
This narrative took a major blow last week when the two co-founders of Fusion GPS published a New York Times op-ed detailing their own testimony to Congress on these matters. They said they told Congress — mainly the Judiciary Committee — that the original funding for their research was a conservative publication; that they don’t believe the dossier triggered the probe; and that their sources told them that the FBI took the dossier seriously because it corroborated reports of collusion coming in from many other sources, something that has been confirmed by deep investigative reporting.
Crucially, the two Fusion GPS co-founders called on the committee to release the transcripts of their testimony, arguing that it would show that Republicans know full well that those reports of collusion were “pouring in from independent sources” (i.e., that the alt-narrative is nonsense).
In their letter to Grassley, Blumenthal and Whitehouse reiterate that the Judiciary Committee’s probe has gathered info confirming the Fusion GPS co-founders’ claims, and call for the release of the transcripts. But Grassley is directing his investigative zeal in another direction. On Friday, he called on the Justice Department to investigate whether Christopher Steele lied to the FBI himself when interviewed about what he learned. Experts pointed out that this is bogus: The FBI would itself know if it had been lied to, without Grassley’s “help.”
“Regardless, as Blumenthal and Whitehouse point out in their letter, if Republicans want to keep focusing on Steele, they should release the transcripts, because “the American people should be allowed to decide for themselves.” In other words, if Republicans want to spin this theory about the real genesis of the FBI probe, why should the American people be denied the facts that Republicans themselves have gathered (via Fusion GPS’s testimony) about the real genesis of the FBI probe?”
“Sarah Binder, a congressional scholar at George Washington University, tells me that if Republicans don’t release the transcripts, Judiciary Committee Democrats can try to force the issue, by getting recognized to speak on the floor, and then reading the transcripts into the record. “A Democratic senator — once recognized, which depends on the parliamentary context in which the Senate is operating — could hold the floor and launch into a discussion of the Fusion transcripts,” Binder says.”
“At that point, the GOP majority would probably block the move. But congressional expert Norm Ornstein tells me that Democrats could respond to that with more hardball, by having other Democratic senators try to get recognized and pick up reading where the last one left off. This might fail, too, but as Ornstein notes, “if something like that happens, it’s going to get an enormous amount of attention. That’s how you make Republicans look like they’re going to great lengths to cover up the truth.”