Republican Party lifer Paul Rosenzweig, who served as senior counsel to Special Counsel Kenneth Starr during the Whitewater investigation, is planning to vote for Democrats for the first time this November because of President Donald Trump and the GOP’s failure to stand up to him.
Last week, a recording was released of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) telling Republican donors that the GOP needs to keep control of the House so they can protect Trump from the Russia investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
“If Sessions won’t unrecuse and Mueller won’t clear the President, we’re the only ones,” Nunes said. “Which is really the danger … I mean we have to keep all those seats. We have to keep the majority. If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away.”
In other words, if Democrats take over Congress, Republicans would no longer be able to obstruct the investigation and protect Trump from the consequences of Mueller’s findings, which could very well include being charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice, crimes that would demand impeachment.
And Nunes’ admission was the last straw for longtime Republican Rosenzweig, who told CNN Monday morning that he intends to vote for Democrats in a national election for the very first time.
“It’s the abdication of responsibility,” he said. “The Republican Party seems to me to no longer deserve my support, or frankly the support of anybody who thinks that the legislative branch should act as a check and a balance against executive authoritarianism. Essentially Rep. Nunes has said aloud what everybody was assuming, which is that his only goal — and apparently the only goal of the party — is to defend the president no matter what. And that’s just not the right way for a legislative branch to function.”
Rosenzweig went on to explain that the House Intelligence Committee, which Nunes chairs, has a responsibility to seek the truth in order to defend this nation from outside threats such as Russia. As we all know, Russia attacked our democratic process in 2016 to help Trump win. If Trump colluded with Russia, we need to know and there needs to be consequences.
“The fact that Congressman Nunes is so willing to forego that responsibility completely in favor of defending the president really drains him and — I’m sad to say — the party that I’ve been a part of for all of my adult life of their moral authority,” Rosenzweig said.
The Republican attorney conceded that electing Democrats to Congress would not serve his policy interests but “it would on the much larger issue of maintaining the nation’s integrity, maintaining the rule of law, opposing a president who thinks that the press is all fake news, who has spent the last year attacking the integrity of law enforcement, who has systematically derided the idea that Russia interfered in our election, who has welcomed and embraced white nationalism.”
“That’s not the Republican Party I’m a part of,” he concluded.
Here’s the video via YouTube.
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