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Sunday, March 18, 2018

 
Fatuous GOPer of the day

by digby





It's a hard choice but this has to take the cake:

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said Sunday the House Intelligence Committee was not tasked with investigating collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, despite the committee issuing a report last week stating it found no evidence of collusion in the 2016 election.

“Our committee was not charged with answering the collusion idea,” Conaway said on NBC's “Meet The Press.”


"So we really weren’t focused on that direction."

Conaway led the committee’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election after the committee's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, (R-Calif.) recused himself.

Last week, Conaway announced the end of the committee’s probe and laid out a number of conclusions reached by GOP members in their initial report. Among those conclusions was the assertion that there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The report drew strong criticism from committee Democrats, who said the committee came to no such conclusion.

Conaway on Sunday acknowledged the committee did not interview former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos and other key figures, because he didn’t want to overlap with special counsel Robert Mueller's criminal investigation.

“We’re trying to stay away from the Mueller investigation and not confuse that or hurt it one way or the other,” he said.

When asked if he regrets that the committee attempted to draw a conclusion on whether the Russians colluded with the Trump campaign, Conaway denied that the committee drew a conclusion at all.

“What we said is we found no evidence of it,” he said. “That’s a different statement. We found no evidence of collusion.

You wouldn't let your 1st grader get away with something that patently dishonest and stupid.

This just gets more and more outrageous. How do these people live with themselves? They obviously have no moral center.

Conservative operative Amanda Carpenter has a new book coming out (worked for Cruz and DeMint, but is to her credit Never Trump at least) which was quoted in the New York Times:

Mr. Trump’s supporters do not see deception, they see a commitment to winning. “Donald Trump’s lies and fabrications don’t horrify America,” says the publisher’s summary of her book. “They enthrall us.”

I'm not sure what "us" she's referring to but I suppose if you are the sort of person who finds public executions entertaining you'd be "enthralled" by Donald Trump. But that isn't the majority. It's a lot of people, but it isn't most. Yet.

But if she's right it says everything about the (lack of) moral and ethical integrity of these people.

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