GOP Senators Are Looking Like Cheerleaders for Trump As They Might Let Him Assert Executive Privilege

Republican Senators are not digging looking like the Trump cheerleaders they behave as if they are, as Mitch McConnell is forced to put on the most obviously rigged impeachment trial in the history of the United States, because Trump is that guilty.

And it’s about to get even worse for them, as NBC News is reporting that if former national security adviser John Bolton is called to testify, President Trump will probably assert executive privilege, according to several Republicans.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants to call four witnesses, including former National Security Adviser John Bolton, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and his chief deputy Robert Blair, and associate director of national security programs at the Office of Management and Budget Michael Duffy (OMD has determined that Trump’s actions regarding Ukraine violated federal law).

The Trump administration has told these officials they are not to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry, but former NSA John Bolton has said he would comply with a Senate subpoena to testify.

Sure, on the surface, a national security adviser and executive privilege would seem to go hand in hand, so this would normally not even be an issue. If ever there are secrets that shouldn’t get out, it would be in regards to our national security. Except in this case, Trump has jeopardized the United States’ national security and used the power of his office to try to extort a foreign country to help him cheat in an election — and as such, national security IS the issue. Or, rather, Trump undermining our national security and putting the U.S. at risk is the issue.

NBC notes that if Trump were to exert executive privilege, it would be unprecedented.

And here’s where it gets bad for vulnerable Republican senators and any senator who wishes to appear as if they might not be putting their country at risk for Trump: A majority of senators can decide what evidence can be heard by overruling or agreeing with Chief Justice Roberts.

The Republican senators up for re-election in 2020 are:

Alaska: Dan Sullivan

Arizona: Martha McSally (special election)

Arkansas: Tom Cotton

Colorado: Cory Gardner

Georgia: David Perdue

Idaho: Jim Risch

Iowa: Joni Ernst

Kansas: Pat Roberts

Kentucky: Mitch McConnell

Louisiana: Bill Cassidy

Maine: Susan Collins

Mississippi: Cindy Hyde-Smith

Montana: Steve Daines

Nebraska: Ben Sasse

North Carolina: Thom Tillis

Oklahoma: James Inhofe

South Carolina: Lindsey Graham

South Dakota: Mike Rounds

Texas: John Cornyn

West Virginia: Shelley Moore Capito

Former Congressmen David Jolly noted the hot seat into which Trump’s poor defense has placed Republican Senators:

Full MAGA in front of the nation surely includes allowing Trump to assert executive privilege to stop his former national security adviser from testifying over a national security issue.

There’s nothing like letting America’s democracy burn to really seal a Republican legacy for this crop of Senators.