By Duncan Smith
President Donald Trump gently warned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that “time is running out” to hold the Russia “hoaxers” accountable before the November elections.
The president retweeted a story by Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist that had been shared by co-founder/editor Sean Davis. The piece argues that McConnell won’t be able to confirm more constitutionalist judges or maintain a GOP majority unless he addresses the hoax.
“Mitch, I love you, but this is 100% true,” Trump tweeted. “Time is running out. Get tough and move quickly, or it will be too late. The Dems are vicious, but got caught. They MUST pay a big price for what they have done to our Country. Don’t let them get away with this!”
Mitch, I love you, but this is 100% true. Time is running out. Get tough and move quickly, or it will be too late. The Dems are vicious, but got caught. They MUST pay a big price for what they have done to our Country. Don’t let them get away with this! @LindseyGrahamSC https://t.co/PplfqTJdHc
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2020
As readers can see, Trump also tagged Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in the tweet as well, who was mentioned in the article.
Hemingway noted in her article that Graham’s efforts to hold people accountable were lacking while McConnell was AWOL on his duties as Senate leader.
“The Senate can subpoena records and compel testimony — holding hearings if necessary — to get to the bottom of the effort from inside the U.S. government to use a false and dangerous conspiracy theory that threatened the health and safety of the republic,” Hemingway wrote.
“If that’s not the Senate’s business, what in the world is? And if the Senate majority leader won’t care even about how this scandal uniquely harmed Republican voters, then who will?”
Fox News adds:
During Thursday’s “Special Report,” McConnell suggested that it was Graham’s responsibility to investigate former President Obama’s role in the Russia probe — something that caught renewed attention after the Justice Department moved to dismiss the case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Obama administration officials also reportedly sought to unmask Flynn, or reveal his identity in intelligence reporting on Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Flynn has been fighting a years-long legal battle after he misled the FBI about his contacts with Russia. Recently unveiled documents, however, showed the FBI contemplating whether its intent was to prompt a lie from Flynn in hopes of getting him fired.
It’s been almost a year since former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s portion of the Russia investigation ended. The Ukraine controversy sidelined House Democratic efforts to further the investigation, although Democrats have indicated they will continue pursuing the issue.
Graham has been promising for months to hold hearings into Spygate, the Russian collusion hoax, and other scandalous efforts to undermine the Trump administration but has yet to do so.
That said, U.S. Attorney John Durham’s criminal probe into the origins of the Russian investigation is ongoing. And Attorney General William Barr has also vowed to get to the bottom of what happened.