A Republican lawmaker just won first prize for the most idiotic excuse for halting Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
On Monday, Rep. Tom Garrett Jr. (R-VA) compared the current investigation into collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign to Donald Trump’s racially motivated “birtherism” campaign aimed at discrediting President Barrack Obama presidency by claiming he was not a natural born citizen of the U.S.
“This Russia investigation is essentially birtherism,” Garrett told CNN’s Brianna Keilar. “Imagine if there was a politically funded investigation of President Obama’s place of birth where the levers of power were leveraged.”
“Do you think Russia didn’t meddle?” Keilar asked. “Is that why you mean it’s birtherism?”
“The question is what the American government does to its own people against the Fourth Amendment right to privacy,” Garrett replied.
Garrett then challenged Congress to release classified files prepared by the FBI when they asked a FISA court judge for permission to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
“Watergate was a bunch of political hacks [but] these are employees of the federal government,” he opined. “And so what’s at stake here isn’t Republican or Democrat, it’s about who we are as a country.”
Keilar, however, was baffled by Garrett’s comparison.
“Why do you equate the two?” she asked. “I mean, President Obama was born in the United States and when you look at this investigation, one, Russia meddled in the election and then there were some contacts between either associates or members of the Trump campaign with Kremlin-backed Russians.”
“I guess I don’t understand why you’re equating birtherism, which by the way was really spearheaded by President Trump, with this Russia investigation that is spearheaded right now by Robert Mueller,” Keilar said.
Never the less, Garrett continued to whine how unfair it was to punish the Trump campaign for holding shadowy meetings with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential race.
“Any contact then becomes the smoking gun?” Garrett complained. “That’s ridiculous. So, the crazy people who made aspersions against President Obama didn’t have the wight of the federal government being brought to bear to sort of flesh out those aspersions.”
The astounding idiotic positions Republicans contort themselves into just to protect political cancer that will kill their party never ceases to amaze.
Let’s reward this idiot and others like him with a long vacation this November.
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