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.