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Memo proves how far GOP has plunged into madness

Eugene Robinson on

If you don't believe me, take it from Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., whose partisan credentials are unimpeachable -- he led the Benghazi inquisition -- and who was dispatched by Nunes to review all the classified intelligence used to obtain the Page warrant.

"There is a Russia investigation without a dossier," he said Sunday. "The dossier has nothing to do with the meeting at Trump Tower. The dossier has nothing to do with an email sent by Cambridge Analytica. The dossier really has nothing to do with George Papadopoulos' meeting in Great Britain. It also doesn't have anything to do with obstruction of justice."

Gowdy announced recently that he will not run for re-election this fall. I wonder which comes first for Republicans these days: The decision to retire? Or the pangs of honesty, duty and -- one hopes -- remorse?

Three other Republican members of the Intelligence Committee -- Chris Stewart of Utah, Will Hurd of Texas and Brad Wenstrup of Ohio -- joined Gowdy on the rounds of the Sunday shows to deliver what sounded like a coordinated message: Of course the memo is a Terribly Serious Thing, but it doesn't undercut special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

It sounded like a warning to Trump, who might be tempted to use the memo as a pretense to rid himself of the troublesome Mueller. This isn't the way Trump's fawning courtiers on "Fox & Friends" told him this memo gambit was going to work out. The whole Russia thing was supposed to be over.

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Maybe he should change the channel every once in a while.


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