Republicans love them some investigations and oversight — just ask Hillary Clinton, but when it comes to investigating their own Presidential leader all bets are off the table.
While President Trump has continues to skirt government rules and regulations, his administration has decidedly cooled their temperament towards congressional hearings and oversight.
As Democrats clamor for a full-scale probe into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and what Trump knew, and when, about Flynn’s pre-inauguration conversations with a Russian ambassador about U.S. sanctions, his administration is backing off.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer disclosed that Trump was told in late January that Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations he participated in with Russia.
Senate Republicans insisted Tuesday that the Intelligence Committee could look at the circumstances as part of an existing probe into Russia’s interference in the presidential election.
“The Intelligence Committee is already looking at Russian involvement in our election and they have broad jurisdiction over the intel community writ large and they can look at whatever they choose to,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
“It’s highly likely they’d want to take a look at this episode as well,” he added.
Intelligence panel chairman, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, told reporters that “aggressive” oversight would continue “privately. We don’t do that in public.”
However, Democrats’ calls for an investigation has been shrugged off entirely by House Republicans. Rep. Devin Nunes of California, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that the “real crime” is how Flynn’s phone conversations were leaked.
“I think the situation has taken care of itself” in light of Flynn’s resignation, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told reporters.
You may recall that Chaffetz led the charge when House Republicans issued more than 70 letters and subpoenas aimed at investigating Democrat Hillary Clinton regarding her use of a personal e-mail server while acting as Secretary of State.
Chaffetz isn’t fully at fault, he did ask the Trump administration on Tuesday for more information about Trump’s discussion of a North Korea missile launch while dining al fresco with the Japanese prime minister at a resort in Florida.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., however, has said publicly that he is against spending too much time investigating the White House, saying that doing so could only be counterproductive at a moment when the GOP faces many legislative hurdles on Capital Hill.
“I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation, particularly of your own party,” Paul said in an appearance on Fox News Radio’s “Kilmeade and Friends.” ”We’ll never even get started with doing the things we need to do like repealing Obamacare if we’re spending our whole time having Republicans investigate Republicans. I think it makes no sense.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, top Democrat on the Oversight Committee, accused Republicans of spending “ZERO,” time conducting necessary oversight of the POTUS.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.