On Tuesday many Republicans were “troubled” by the president’s decision to fire Comey. However, by Friday most have moved on.
Most elected Republican’s seemed to have shrugged their shoulders and are moving on. This has caught the ire of the Huffington Post who is peeved that Republicans are not attempting to stop the President as well. The Huffington Post said:
Republicans said they were troubled and had questions after President Donald Trump fired the man in charge of investigating him.
That was Tuesday. Asked Thursday and Friday what they planned to do about it and how they would get answers to their questions, Republican senators offered a collective “meh.”
But few seemed at all interested in doing anything new to shed light on something that last happened when the top two Justice Department officials resigned instead of following President Richard Nixon’s orders to fire the man investigating him.
So what were the responses of these “meh” officials here they are below:
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), the chairman of the Budget Committee, figured he’d leave such questions to others.
“I’m not on the intel committee,” Enzi said. “I’m working on health reform, I’m working on tax reform, I’m working on the 2018 budget. I’ll listen to my colleagues.”
One who might have a more specific interest is Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, which oversees the FBI.
He also would prefer to listen to his fellow senators, telling reporters Thursday he’d have to talk to colleagues first to decide whether the committee should bring in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to explain the firing. It was Rosenstein who wrote one of the key justifications cited by Trump.
“I haven’t talked to Rosenstein,” Grassley said. “If Rosenstein wants to talk to me or I feel a need to talk to him, I’ll talk to him.”
Perhaps the most common response is the one Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) offered — the firing and conflicting messages from the administration about it don’t warrant any new action beyond the investigation that the FBI and the congressional intelligence committees already are carrying out.
“I think the investigation has to play out. Follow the facts. Follow the facts and get the answers,” said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a former chairman of the Intelligence Committee.
Even Republicans who have been highly critical of Trump don’t think Trump’s firing of Comey merits any fresh action from them.
Senators such has Arizona’s Jeff Flake, and Nebraska’s Ben Sasse went on NPR on successive days to lambaste the firing, but neither has embraced Democrats’ call to remove all doubt surrounding the independence of the Russian probe by appointing an independent prosecutor.
Another GOP Trump critic, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), has called for a congressional select committee to take over the probe. Despite criticizing Comey’s heave-ho, McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee and sits on the intelligence panel, still argued Thursday that an independent prosecutor should wait.
“I wouldn’t outright reject any notion, but the first priority is a select committee,” McCain said. “That, in my view, has worked in the past. Many times in the past, the wrong person is selected as a special prosecutor, and it has turned into a debacle.”
McCain admitted that he saw no momentum for the creation of a select committee among his fellow Republicans.
Most Republicans either don’t seem to care or are glad that Comey is gone. Do you think most Americans agree with the Republicans? Or are very concerned about Comey being fired?
Source: Huffington Post