It’s no secret that if it were up to Donald Trump, Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s attempt to hack the election would not be allowed to run its course. Those fears ramped up considerably when Trump forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign and named Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, to hold the post until a permanent replacement can be confirmed.
As part of his duties, Whitaker will take over as Mueller’s immediate supervisor. That alarmed a number of Mueller’s supporters, as Whitaker has made a number of statements critical of the Mueller investigation. For instance, in an op-ed for CNN, he went as far as to call it a “lynch mob,” and claimed his very appointment was “ridiculous.”
That didn’t sit well with one of the few Republicans who has consistently supported Mueller from the start is Jeff Flake of Arizona, who is retiring at the end of the year. On Wednesday, he sought to bring up a bipartisan bill to protect the Mueller probe. He sought unanimous consent to call up the bill–but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell objected.
In response, Flake decided to go nuclear. He will not vote for any of Trump’s judicial nominees until McConnell allows a vote on his bill. This is critical, because for another two months, the GOP will only have a two-seat majority in the Senate. If one more Republican defects on a judicial nomination and all the Democrats vote no, Vice President Mike Pence will have to break the tie. If two more defect, the nomination dies.
Watch Flake detonate this bombshell here.
Predictably, the covfefe drinkers howled in outrage over this act of insolence. A typical reaction came from one of the most rabid of the covfefe drinkers, black conservative pastor Jesse Lee Peterson. On the Thursday edition of his radio show, Peterson claimed that Flake wasn’t just wrong for demanding that Mueller be protected–he’s evil. Watch here.
Peterson started out in typical fashion. He claimed that Flake was “wicked,” “anti-America,” “anti-God,” and “an evil person” for drawing a line in the sand on Mueller. As Peterson saw it, Flake was in bed with liberal “children of the lie.” Peterson then wrung his hands and wondered how Flake could “live with himself” and could “face his wife and children” after engaging in the “evil” act of opposing Trump.
Really, Jesse Lee? Wanting to protect a probe that is out to get to the bottom of an attack on the very foundation of our democracy is “evil”? Thanks to Mueller’s efforts, we know that Trump at the very least fostered an environment in which it was remotely acceptable for senior campaign aides to solicit the help of a hostile foreign power in order to defeat an opponent. How is it “evil” to want to ensure that we find out how far that collusion went?
Moreover, Peterson is trying to make his audience ignore the 500-pound gorilla in the room. Whitaker is not fit to clean the attorney general’s office, let alone temporarily warm the attorney general’s chair.
This is a man who sat on the board of a fraudulent invention promotion firm–one that is still under FBI investigation. This is a man who chaired the campaign of a witness in the Mueller probe–an almost Trumpian conflict of interest. This is a man who believes states have the right to nullify federal law–a legal theory that has been discredited several times over. Even the Federalist Society believes this theory is crackpot.
But Peterson doesn’t want you to know that. No, no. All that concerns him is that Flake is daring to oppose the man God chose to not only make America great again, but make America Christian again. How dare a Republican Senator try to have a backbone. And how dare a Republican Senator put country before party.
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