The extraordinary nihilism of Republican attacks on the Russia investigation

The GOP is no longer trying to disprove what the FBI finds out about President Trump. They are merely trying to discredit it.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes.
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Imagine you were a member of Congress. No matter how much of a liberal or a conservative you are, you probably think that if there were some future president of your party who got caught up in a scandal, you'd be able to think objectively about it and act with integrity. Yes, you'd defend him if you thought the criticisms were unfair and the scandal was overblown, but it would only go so far. There would be certain kinds of behavior you couldn't countenance, and certain tactics of fending off the scandal you'd refuse to go along with. Right?

We all think that's how we'd act: loyal to our team up to a point, but not if it required compromising our principles. Which makes you wonder what Republicans in Congress are telling themselves right now when they look in the mirror.

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