Congressman Darrell Issa

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Republicans went to embarrassing lengths to avoid answering questions about the Comey memo

Republicans had nothing to say last night.


David Covucci


Published May 17, 2017   Updated May 24, 2021, 2:07 pm CDT

Due to a series of escalating events, Republicans in Congress are stuck when it comes to President Donald Trump.

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The initial belief, when he was inaugurated, was that Trump could be an avatar for the party, and that they’d have no problem pushing through the agenda they wanted, with Trump rubber-stamping it from the Oval. But as an increasing amount of drama emanates from 1600 Pennsylvania, members of the party are stuck trying to balance supporting a president they voted for and placating constituents who are starting to turn against him.

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So when the news broke of a memo that former FBI Director James Comey wrote that implicated the president in possibly impeding an investigation into his administration, congresspeople on the right clammed up.

Ryan did, for his part, issue a statement today saying Congress deserved to have complete information about the Comey matter.

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Republicans were even refusing to go on every politicians’ favorite medium, TV.

But the prize may go to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who has been known to blow off reporters before.

That is an account Issa publicly denied.

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Some Republicans did speak up this morning, with Rep. Justin Amash calling Trump’s actions possibly an “impeachable offense.”

H/T Quartz

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*First Published: May 17, 2017, 12:03 pm CDT