Traitor Tot subpoenaed to appear before Senate Intelligence Committee.
If he appears, this will be the closest Donald Trump, Jr. has ever come to intelligence. https://t.co/xGEGv8Z04n
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) May 8, 2019
If it’s what you say it is…I love it https://t.co/NWfOUYeV8f
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) May 8, 2019
I trust Richard Burr not at all, but unlike the Squatter-in-Chief, he’s a party professional. Preliminary reports this week suggest he may have decided somebody will need to be sacrificed to protect the GOP oligarchy, and it might as well be the guy whose own father doesn’t like or care about him…
As negotiations over Trump Jr.’s testimony dragged on, Burr became increasingly frustrated and believed that Trump Jr. was defying the committee’s authority and not honoring his original agreement https://t.co/MeVLNT0449
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) May 9, 2019
Digby (Heather Digby Parton) at Salon:
… It’s clear that Trump is… probably unaware that Burr also acted as a back channel during the investigation, speaking to former White House counsel Don McGahn about whom the committee had interviewed. But Trump mentioned that Burr had said publicly that his committee had found no evidence of collusion and seemed confused since he had obviously considered Burr to be among his loyal henchmen.
Burr is a strange figure in all this. He has gone out of his way to avoid appearing publicly with Trump, supposedly to avoid the appearance of a conflict even as he shared info with the White House and intervened with the press on Trump’s behalf. He has managed to work congenially with Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the panel’s ranking Democrat, and by all accounts the committee investigation itself has not been compromised…
… Burr’s back-channel activities with the White House are reminiscent of Sen. Howard Baker of Watergate fame, the Tennessee Republican known for his repeated question, “What did the president know and when did he know it?” It was later learned that Baker had secretly provided the Nixon White House with information about the Watergate committee’s investigation; his question was designed to protect Richard Nixon, under the assumption that Nixon hadn’t known anything about the criminal cover-up. When it could no longer be denied that Nixon knew everything, Baker changed sides and sealed his reputation as a man of integrity, even though the truth was much murkier than that.
There have been so many of these possible parallels between Republicans of the Watergate era and today, and none of them have panned out. I’m no longer willing to extend the possibility. That species of Republicans who are willing to do the right thing, however reluctantly, has gone extinct. I don’t know why Burr has gone that extra mile, but I doubt that he intends to nail Donald Trump Jr. with a perjury rap or to expose the president’s collusion with Russia. It may just be that Burr thought Don Jr. would end up complying and they could have a nice little sit-down to clear the air. In any case, the likelihood of the Republican Senate sending a criminal referral to William Barr for Don Jr.’s lies under oath are about the same as the chances President Trump will join the Space Force for its first trip to the moon…
I’m not as sure as Digby about that; Trump the Lesser is such a feckless putz that he’s probably incapable of protecting himself, and Murphy the Trickster God knows his old man isn’t gonna take much of an interest in his fate. (If he’d been a better father, Donny Jr might not’ve been so eager to snatch at dubious foreign sources with vague promises of “help” in the first place.)
I can see a GOP Senate majority hastily proclaiming, well in advance of the 2020 election, that Young Donald committed some terrible terrible crimes… *but* that the Oval Office Occupant and his GOP enablers had no idea that such shenanigans were taking place, probably because something something Obama, also Hillary Clinton’s emails. And once Donny is sent away to a nice farm in the country where he can run & play all day, well, back to Repub business as usual!
There's reason to think that the Trump Tower meeting was initiated by the Russian government, that Trump Jr. knew that and that he told his father. It's worth figuring out if those possibilities actually occurred. https://t.co/Ze7b02e0Sl
— Philip Bump (@pbump) May 9, 2019
Senator Burr was one of the few senators briefed by Comey in 2017 on Russian interference.
Of all Senate R’s, he was the one I most thought might draw a line somewhere.
Watch him closely. He may surprise.
Also watch Dem Mark Warner. He may be acting w Burr’s tacit support. https://t.co/BhJlm9Jpf9
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) May 9, 2019