Senator are you sure you want to poke the bear?

Senator Lindsey Graham is the new Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In his view, now that the Mueller report absolves President Trump of concerns over collusion, he wants to have his committee investigate those who accused the President. Really? Are you sure you want to poke that bear? Do you want hard-working, reputable FBI and CIA people under oath again testifying why they had legitimate concerns about Trump and Russia? Just as a reminder, you do know the President has a very hard time with the truth?

Let’s start with a quick recap. We have yet to see the Mueller report which, per Fox News is 700 pages long. We have only had a very brief summary. We should also note it was reported yesterday by several sources the Mueller grand jury is still quite active and we should be hearing more on that front, especially from the Southern District of New York. Here is what the dueling versions of the Senate Intelligence Committee said last month per NBC News:

“After two years and 200 interviews, the Senate Intelligence Committee is approaching the end of its investigation into the 2016 election, having uncovered no direct evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to both Democrats and Republicans on the committee.

But investigators disagree along party lines when it comes to the implications of a pattern of contacts they have documented between Trump associates and Russians — contacts that occurred before, during and after Russian intelligence operatives were seeking to help Donald Trump by leaking hacked Democratic emails and attacking his opponent, Hillary Clinton, on social media.

‘If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia,’ said Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in an interview with CBS News last week.

Burr was careful to note that more facts may yet be uncovered, but he also made clear that the investigation was nearing an end.
‘We know we’re getting to the bottom of the barrel because there’re not new questions that we’re searching for answers to,’ Burr said.

One Democratic aide told NBC News that while the Democrats do not contest Burr’s statements, they believe it lacks context. The aide said, ‘We were never going to find a contract signed in blood saying, ‘Hey Vlad, we’re going to collude.” However: But they also made clear they haven’t found proof of their worst fear: That the president formed a corrupt pact with Russia to offer sanctions relief or other favorable treatment in return for Russian help in the election.

After it recently emerged in court documents that Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared campaign polling data with a man the FBI says is linked to Russian intelligence, [Ranking Democrat Mark] Warner called that the most persuasive evidence yet of coordination.
‘This appears as the closest we’ve seen yet to real, live, actual collusion,’ he said on CNN.”

What Senator Graham has lost sight of is the number of people close to the President that have pleaded guilty or been found to have of lying to the FBI or perpetuating fraud. Roger Stone still stands trial. What the Senator has lost sight of is Mueller also indicted dozens of Russians for interference with our election. What the Senator has lost sight of his Michael Flynn was speaking with the Russians about sanctions relief before taking office and lied about it. What the Senator has lost sight of is the active grand jury, post report that has its eyes on things like campaign fraud, using the positions for personal gain, misusing charitable donations, etc.

Or, maybe he has not forgotten this and the strategy is a ploy to perpetuate that the Deep State is against Trump, as he portrays. The fact Trump lies more than he does not is irrelevant. It is too bad Graham’s friend Senator John McCain is not alive, as he would slap Graham upside his head for his sycophantic behavior.

But, back to my question. Do you really want to poke the bear? Republicans tried to paint Michael Cohen as a liar, but he quite believably uttered these words. The President is a “racist, he is a liar and he is a cheat.”

9 thoughts on “Senator are you sure you want to poke the bear?

  1. Graham’s determination to open investigations into those who have accused Trump of collusion and obstruction of justice can be seen as nothing more than petty, childish revenge tactics. I’m with you … it would be foolish on his part, but then … we are talking about a whole gaggle of fools in today’s republican party, so there’s no surprise there. Where the heck are the adults???

    As to the republican’s assumption that Mueller’s report, as based on Barr’s cherry-picked summary, I am thinking of the old adage, “If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck”. The republicans are saying, “Yeah, but since it doesn’t have a sign on its back that identifies it as a duck, then we choose to believe it is a mongoose”.

    • Good analogy. It is quite amusing that Trump wants Congressman Adam Schiff, who is a honorable as they come, removed for lying. Well, if we do that, what do we do about the most prolific liar who resides in the White House?

      • PS – The GOP members called for Schiff’s resignation picking up on the President’s attack. My guess is they became alarmed when the soft-spoken Schiff fought back, recounting in accurate detail the truth about several examples of inappropriate and unethical behavior by the President and his team, including Manafort, Flynn and Junior.

        As noted above, if the GOP is stupid enough to poke the bear, they need to remember their boss is a “f**king liar,” using a quote from Trump’s own attorney. If that is too severe, they should recall Trump’s former economic advisor who called him a “prodigious liar.” Also, one of the attackers is Devin Nunes, who was removed as chair for leaking information to the President from this same committee in early 2017.

        If the GOP want to litigate this out in the open with people under oath and who know the truth, they may regret it.

      • PSS – On PBS Newshour tonight, I watched House GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy vilify Schiff calling him a liar. This is unfortunate and I am glad to see so many come to Schiff’s defense. Please do check out Schiff’s response.

        But, let me add a piece of history as context. Just like Nunes, McCarthy should not be casting stones. McCarthy was destined to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House. He removed his name from consideration when he let the cat out of the bag that the Benghazi hearings were designed not to get at the truth, but to help defeat Hillary Clinton.

        I have been watching Adam Schiff for two plus years and I find him to be a very honorable and forthright person. We need more people like this in government. Keith

      • Jill, indeed. There is a reason people are scared to go against is he a vindictive bully. But, the GOP legislators who do his bidding are beyond being sycophants – they are minions. Schiff is armed with something foreign to Trump – the truth. Keith

  2. Dear Keith,

    I’m so disappointed that Sen. Lindsey Graham who claimed to a friend to Sen. John McCain but who isn’t,has turned out to be a very shallow man who lacks character and backbone. I can’t look at him, anymore, as a statesman elder, but as the worst kind of man, a backstabber.

    I wonder if he realizes that he’s fallen from grace as he sucks up to President Trump. All the power, money etc. can’t be worth Sen. Lindsey’s having access to power.

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Agreed. Even when I disagreed with McCain, I respected his opinion. When Graham copies McCain he is at his finest, when he apes Trump, he is at his absolute worst.

      • PS – Seeing footage today of Graham’s fawning over a man he once called an “a**hole,” shows how Trump has neutered him. I don’t like name-calling, but the pendulum swing in Graham’s attitude toward Trump is alarming.

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