WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress who are relying on Donald Trump to excite voters in the fall elections are not only defending the former president against the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago home but politically capitalizing on it with grave and potentially dangerous rhetoric against the nation’s justice system.
The party that once stood staunchly for law-and-order has dramatically reversed course, stirring up opposition to the FBI and tapping into political grievances and far-right conspiracies that fed the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
It’s all part of the GOP’s election year strategy to harness voter outrage over the unprecedented search, quickly and unequivocally set in motion as Trump hosted a dozen Republicans for dinner of steak and scallops at his private Bedminster club the day after the FBI action.
Republicans just learned you gotta dance with them whut brung you:
And then another brite lite from the GOP on the House Intelligence Committee takes the pole position:
And the Politbureau at Pravda’s American competition gets it right:
Anyway, Hair Füror has a logical explanation for how he happened to have Top Secret Compartmentalized Information in the basement at Merde-a-Lardo (and this is not from The Onion):
“As we can all relate to, everyone ends up having to bring home their work from time to time. American presidents are no different.”
Digging the whole deeper, he added that he had a “standing order” to declassify documents “the moment” they left the Oval Office.
That of course is not how it works. That’s not how anything works. Presidents cannot unilaterally and on the spot declassify anything, and they certainly cannot have a standing order like that. There’s a process as now de-classified information changes ripples throughout the entire national security apparatus. It’s no small deal.