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44 ‘bipartisan’ ex-Senators publish op-ed as Mueller probe concludes. Let’s just say, ‘you shouldn’t have’

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A group comprised primarily of former Democrat senators published an op-ed in The Washington Post this week urging current members of the GOP-led Senate to defend democracy.

“As former members of the U.S. Senate, Democrats and Republicans, it is our shared view that we are entering a dangerous period, and we feel an obligation to speak up about serious challenges to the rule of law, the Constitution, our governing institutions and our national security,” they wrote.

Retiring Sen. Jeff Flake shared the column on Twitter Monday.

Why do the 44 senators — 32 of whom are Democrats — feel this way? Is it because Senate Democrats hijacked Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings months earlier for political purposes? Or it because some GOP senators have faced rape threats for standing up for what’s right?

It’s neither. The mostly Democrat former senators worry about the state of democracy in America because of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into still-unproven Russian collusion.

“We are on the eve of the conclusion of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation and the House’s commencement of investigations of the president and his administration,” they wrote. “The likely convergence of these two events will occur at a time when simmering regional conflicts and global power confrontations continue to threaten our security, economy and geopolitical stability.”

“It is a time, like other critical junctures in our history, when our nation must engage at every level with strategic precision and the hand of both the president and the Senate.”

Without citing any specific proposals, the former senators then urged their counterparts in the current GOP-led Senate to “plac[e] our country, democracy and national interest above all else.”

“[W]hen constitutional crises have threatened our foundations, it has been the Senate that has stood in defense of our democracy. Today is once again such a time,” they claimed.

“Regardless of party affiliation, ideological leanings or geography, as former members of this great body, we urge current and future senators to be steadfast and zealous guardians of our democracy by ensuring that partisanship or self-interest does not replace national interest.”

What remains unclear is what “constitutional crisis” they were referring to. Because of the group’s mostly Democrat, partisan makeup, the assumption by most is that the former senators were referring to the president’s alleged attacks on democracy.

According to the left, the president’s criticism of the media, failed Trump Tower deal, concerns about the FBI’s corruption, alleged ties to top Russian officials and scathing excoriation of Mueller’s investigation are all threats to American democracy.

But according to conservatives, the real constitutional crisis is that created by Mueller’s investigation, which they’ve steadfastly argued is an illegal “witch hunt” whose very existence is predicated on corruption of the highest order.

Not only was the investigation launched in part because of a fraudulent dossier pieced together at the bequest of Democrats, but the investigation itself has been riddled with corruption since day one.

Last year a member of Mueller’s team was discovered to have discussed pursuing an “insurance policy” against President Donald Trump’s potential election. Reports also emerged showing that the special counsel only hired Democrats to assist him in his investigation.

The op-ed by 44 ex-senators made reference to none of these issues, which in turn might explain why so many on social media refuse to take their concerns about democracy seriously.

Look:

The group’s lopsided “bipartisan” makeup doesn’t appear to be helping.

Vivek Saxena

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