Friday, June 2, 2017

8 Reasons That G.O.P. Leaders Haven’t Deserted Trump - NYTimes.com

8 Reasons That G.O.P. Leaders Haven’t Deserted Trump - NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — The disclosure that President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to back off an investigation of Michael T. Flynn intensified calls for more aggressive investigations and a special counsel from many quarters, except the most important one — top congressional Republicans.

The revelation, based on contemporaneous notes kept by Mr. Comey, heightened the unease among Republicans on Capitol Hill and produced new calls for Mr. Comey to testify. But it did not seem to stir Republican leaders to any new level of urgency. Their position has puzzled Democrats, political analysts and many in the news media who keep asking: What will it take for leading Republicans to abandon Mr. Trump given the escalating White House chaos and its impact on the policy agenda?

But as they survey the political and investigative landscape, Republicans say they have good reasons for not being swept up in what they see as the self-inflicted disorder rocking Mr. Trump and his White House.

Here are some of them.

  

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