Mitch McConnell has playedFrom: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan 14 2019 19:34:05
Trump is doing immense damage. He has a hidden helper.
Two new blockbuster scoops about President Trumps relations with
Russia -- combined with fresh signs that Trump will drag out the
government shutdown indefinitely -- should renew our focus on the
quiet but critical role that Mitch McConnell has played in enabling
the damage that Trump is doing to the country on so many fronts.
As the shutdown drags into its fourth week, causing cascading impacts
around the country, The Post reports that pressure is now likely to
intensify on the Senate majority leader to allow votes on measures
reopening the government. Three Senate Republicans have already called
for a reopening, and as one GOP strategist puts it, a few more coming
out "changes the calculus" for McConnell.
In September 2016, as The Post has reported, top Obama administration
officials privately asked senior congressional leaders in both parties
to go public with a united front against Russian interference. But
McConnell refused, claiming (in The Posts words) that he would
consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians
publicly an act of partisan politics. McConnell also questioned the
intelligence demonstrating Russian sabotage.
On the shutdown front, McConnell continues to refuse votes on bills
reopening the government that have already passed the House. McConnell
claims theres no point, because Trump wouldnt sign them. But this
actively shields Trump from having to veto bills funding the
government, which would make it much harder for him to keep holding
out. Worse, McConnell privately told Trump in December he has no
leverage and no endgame here, meaning McConnell knows full well that
not forcing Trumps hand leaves us adrift with no exit in sight.