Thursday, May 11, 2017

Don’t expect regret: Republicans are Trump’s very willing accomplices | Eclectablog

Don’t expect regret: Republicans are Trump’s very willing accomplices | Eclectablog

We’re nearing the point of no return.

The firing of James Comey as an obvious means of obstructing a Russia investigation that had been picking up steam (and hoping to pick up more prosecutors) was met with slightly peaked “concerns about the timing” from a few Republicans. But most tellingly, Mitch McConnell’s refusal to even consider an independent investigation suggests that any hope that our institutions might contain Trump’s excesses is nearing total evaporation, as Brian Beutler notes.

“Absent consequences, Trump will rightly feel liberated to appoint whomever he wants to run the IRS when the current commissioner’s term expires later this year,” he wrote. “More alarmingly, he will know that he can get away with ordering a crackdown on voting rights or investigations of his political enemies.”

And the predicate for massive voter suppression has now begun to take shape, just days after new evidence pointed to restrictions on voting boosted Trump to a win in Wisconsin last November.

  

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