Recently, Republican Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. in regards to the Intelligence Committee’s further probe of Russian interference in Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign — and he’s been catching a lot of hell from his fellow Republicans for it. However, not everyone seems to be chomping at the bit to defend Trump’s offspring, especially Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
Just a few days ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor to argue that special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report for the Russia investigation was “case closed.” Chief of Staff Mulvaney sat down for an interview with CBS News and was sure to make it very clear that McConnell’s assertion only applied to President Trump himself, not his progeny.
Mulvaney pointed out to CBS News that President Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. are “two different people. They do share the same name, and certainly, Don Jr. is the president’s son. But I think what Mr. McConnell was speaking to was that the president has been exonerated.”
Mulvaney continued to say, “There was no reason that McConnell would go to the floor to talk about Don Jr. That’s just not going to happen. He was talking about the president.”
The Acting Chief of Staff seemed to be responding to several tweets from miffed Republicans about Don Jr.’s recent subpoenas.
Senator Rand Paul tweeted, “Apparently the Republican chair of the Senate Intel Committee didn’t get the memo from the Majority Leader that this case was closed…”
Apparently the Republican chair of the Senate Intel Committee didn’t get the memo from the Majority Leader that this case was closed… https://t.co/jvV5PIX266
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 8, 2019
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that his fellow Republicans should “focus on ISSUES, not investigations.”
.@DonaldJTrumpJr has already spent dozens of hours testifying in front of Congressional committees. Endless investigations—by either party—won’t change the fact that there was NO collusion. It’s time to move on. It’s time to focus on ISSUES, not investigations. https://t.co/fbFH5uMLUz
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) May 8, 2019
And Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York State tweeted last night, “Weak & ridiculous for Senate to perpetuate the Russia Collusion Delusion by continuing to harass [Donald Jr]. They should NOT be taking orders from unhinged resistance Dems. Let’s work together to help POTUS move US forward.”
Weak & ridiculous for Senate to perpetuate the Russia Collusion Delusion by continuing to harass @DonaldJTrumpJr. They should NOT be taking orders from unhinged resistance Dems. Let’s work together to help POTUS move US forward. https://t.co/wSaHkEpqep
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) May 9, 2019
Mulvaney made sure that they all knew that Don Jr. wasn’t included in Mitch’s desperate attempt to take the heat off of the president. In fact, it’s looking like Jr. may be their scapegoat.
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