Rachel Maddow puts all the pieces together and shows how House Republicans plan to impeach Rod Rosenstein during the lame duck session of Congress after the midterm election.
Rachel Maddow puts all the pieces together and shows how House Republicans plan to impeach Rod Rosenstein during the lame duck session of Congress after the midterm election. https://t.co/OHi9iY557n pic.twitter.com/vSds6MfIxk
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) August 10, 2018
It is a matter of timing. Don’t think that we’re not against Rosenstein. Don’t think we’re not going to impeach Rosenstein. It is not just because they don’t like him or not, it is because he oversees the special counsel investigation which is being run by Robert Mueller. Forcing Rod Rosenstein out of office by impeachment, that’s the one way Republicans could end the Mueller investigation. Removing Rod Rosenstein would allow him to be replaced with somebody who would shut Mueller down. It is a matter of timing. Again, this is what they’re saying behind closed doors. Not in public.
If this is the way they’re planning to sequence their actions, this raises the possibility that congressional Republicans know that could it represent a constitutional confrontation if not a constitutional crisis if the plan is to make sure that Brett Kavanaugh is on the Supreme Court when that happens for just such an occasion. Well, that changes the meaning of the Kavanaugh confirmation. Right? That raises the stakes even further. It sort of changes them as to when and whether Cavanagh will be confirmed. We reached out to Paul Ryan’s office particularly because he has said that Republicans in Congress won’t pursue anything like this. Since Cathy McMorris Rodgers is on his leadership team and she is talking about this at a fundraiser in her home state. It raises the question will Republicans have one plan. Then once the election is over, they are planning a surprise u-turn. We’ve had no comment from the Speaker’s office in response to our questions, but we’ll let you know if we do hear from him.
The last ditch emergency plan of Republicans if they lose the House is to use the lame duck session to impeach Rod Rosenstein, knowing that if they provoke a constitutional crisis, they have Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court ready to vote in Trump’s favor on anything. It is a devious plot and thanks to Rachel Maddow, and the fundraiser attendee who recorded the comments Nunes and McMorris Rogers, all of America now knows what the Republicans are up to.
House Republicans are planning one last cover-up for Trump if they lose the majority, which is why Democrats must be willing to shut down the Senate if that’s what it takes to prevent Kavanaugh from being confirmed before Election Day.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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