Conservative magazine: ‘Republicans will regret’ supporting Trump in the face of a ‘cascade’ of Russia lies

The editorial refers to the Trump camp’s ever-changing story on the Trump Tower meeting that took place June 2016 between the president’s son, son-in-law, campaign manager and a Russia lawyer escorting an envoy of her countrymen.

When the meeting’s existence was revealed in July 2017, Donald Trump Jr., reportedly at the behest of his father, insisted the meeting was about Russian adoptions that have been banned since the passage of the Magnitsky Act. But after the revelation of an email sent from British publicist Rod Goldstone to Trump Jr. that claimed Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya wished to share some incriminating information about Hillary Clinton, that story was blown out of the water.

“Trump doesn’t deny any of this,” the Standard‘s editorial board wrote. Trump Jr., meanwhile, claimed he was subject to a “bait-and-switch,” and although it’s “not difficult to imagine him as a dupe,” the column continued, “there is no excusing the shamefulness of the thing.”  “It’s clear that even these amoral operators understood the meeting was inappropriate,” the Standard editors wrote. “How else to explain the cascade of lies they told to cover it up?”  “Among the more dispiriting aspects of this sordid affair is the untroubled, nothing-to-see-here-folks attitude of Trump surrogates, Republican officeholders, and most of the conservative media,” the editors contended.

“Once upon a time,” the column continued, “conservatives were keenly aware of the importance of norms.”

Now, Republicans are instead “covering” for Trump when they “ought to be castigating” him.

“What would it cost them?” the editors asked. “Nothing. They could say, ‘While the meeting does not appear to have been illegal, it was unethical and has no place in American politics. Trump and his campaign were wrong to do it and should be ashamed of it.’ You can say that and still support the president, still want to vote for him in 2020, still want The Wall.”

The problem, as always, is that Trumpism doesn’t allow for honest appraisals or piecemeal support,” the editors identified. “If you’re in for a penny, you must be in for a pound. Defending norms was one of the bedrocks of conservative thought right up until the winter of 2016, at which point Republicans suddenly became contemptuous of the very idea of norms.”

Their prediction: that “Republicans will come to regret their new ‘anything goes’ rationalization.”

“The fact that Trump and his closest advisers were keen to get their hands on opposition research generated by America’s greatest foreign adversary is no big deal for Republicans,” the column concluded. “How far we’ve come in just two years.”

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Nunes recorded saying Rosenstein hasn’t been impeached due to ‘timing’


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During a private fundraiser last week for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said Republicans can’t push for the impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because it could keep Judge Brett Kavanaugh from being confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice.

In a recording obtained by The Rachel Maddow Show, Nunes is heard saying, “The question is the timing of it right before the election,” adding: “The Senate would have to drop everything they’re doing and … start with impeachment on Rosenstein. And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed. So it’s not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein.”

Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, further hinted that House Republicans are the only ones protecting President Trump from possible legal trouble. “If [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions won’t un-recuse and [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller won’t clear the president, we’re the only ones. Which is really the danger,” he said. “I mean we have to keep all these seats. We have to keep the majority. If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away.”

The recording also features Nunes getting candid about Trump’s tweets — “Sometimes you love the president’s tweets, sometimes we cringe on the president’s tweets” — and declaring that when someone steals and releases emails it’s “criminal.” Catherine Garcia

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Breaking: GOP Rep Chris Collins Arrested (Video)

BREAKING: GOP Rep Chris Collins Arrested, Suspected of Insider Trading

BREAKING: GOP Rep. Chris Collins — the first member of Congress to endorse Trump in 2016 — was arrested and charged with fraud. He's suspected of insider trading involving a big drug company.

Posted by NowThis Politics on Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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John Kasich: GOP Candidate Said He Didn’t Invite Trump To Ohio Rally

Nina Golgowski
,HuffPost•August 5, 2018

Republican House candidate Troy Balderson speaks next to President Donald Trump at a rally in Lewis Center, Ohio, on Saturday. (MANDEL NGAN via Getty Images)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Sunday suggested that President Donald Trump appeared at a campaign rally in his state on Saturday without a direct invitation from the House candidate he came to tout.

Kasich, speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” said he asked state Sen. Troy Balderson, the Republican candidate for a U.S. House seat in a Tuesday special election, point blank why he invited Trump to campaign for him at his event in Delaware County.

“I asked him the other day, ‘Why are you bringing Trump in,’ said Kasich, who has been one of the GOP’s harshest critics of the president. Kasich said Balderson told him, “Well, I don’t have anything to do with it.”

“I think Donald Trump decides where he wants to go,” Kasich said of the president’s appearance, where after introducing Balderson and praising him, he then focused of his own agenda and his litany of complaints about the media.

“I think [Trump and his political advisers] think they are firing up the base,” at such rallies, added Kasich, who was among several establishment party leaders Trump defeated for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Attempts to reach Balderson’s team for comment on Sunday were not immediately successful.

Balderson, who polls have shown faces a tough battle against Democrat Danny O’Connor in a district where the GOP traditionally has dominated, was introduced by Trump to the crowd as “really smart” and a “really hard worker.”

The plaudits came two days after Trump mistakenly urged Republicans to vote in the special election for a someone not on its ballot ― GOP Rep. Steve Stivers. He represents a nearby district and is up for re-election on November’s ballot.

Trump deleted the tweet naming Stivers and replaced it with one supporting Balderson.

If O’Connor wins Tuesday vote, he would flip a House seat that has been held by the GOP since 1982. The seat was vacated by Republican Rep. Pat Tiberi in January.

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