Republicans en masse, from those in Congress to those among the populace, reacted with fury Wednesday after reports broke that the GOP-led Senate Intelligence Committee had subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s eldest son to testify again in regard to alleged Russian collusion.
“Apparently the Republican chair of the Senate Intel Committee didn’t get the memo from the Majority Leader that this case was closed,” Sen. Rand Paul tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
Apparently the Republican chair of the Senate Intel Committee didn’t get the memo from the Majority Leader that this case was closed… https://t.co/jvV5PIX266
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 8, 2019
Other Republicans have expressed the same sentiment, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Lee Zeldin, and former Trump campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson:
.@DonaldJTrumpJr has already spent dozens of hours testifying in front of Congressional committees. Endless investigations—by either party—won’t change the fact that there was NO collusion. It’s time to move on. It’s time to focus on ISSUES, not investigations. https://t.co/fbFH5uMLUz
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) May 8, 2019
Weak & ridiculous for Senate to perpetuate the Russia Collusion Delusion by continuing to harass @DonaldJTrumpJr. They should NOT be taking orders from unhinged resistance Dems. Let’s work together to help POTUS move US forward. https://t.co/wSaHkEpqep
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) May 9, 2019
Better headline: “Senate lack of Intelligence Committee subpoenas Trump Jr. over fake news closed Russia Hoax investigation in which he was cleared.” This is MALICIOUS PROSECUTION & @senatemajldr has full control over his committees. Unacceptable!! https://t.co/0wyZJz7Bum
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) May 9, 2019
What’s known is that Senate Democrats have been pestering “congressional committees to review the testimony of key witnesses such as [Donald] Trump Jr. to determine if their answers matched the findings of the Mueller report,” as reported by The Hill.
But why wouldn’t his prior testimony match the findings? Better yet, suppose his testimony differs from what the special counsel found. Wouldn’t Mueller, who spent years thoroughly investigating the whole matter, have noticed? Or do Democrats now think that he, their former hero, is a dunce?
Why Burr has chosen to indulge their illogical demands remains unknown, though some have speculated it’s because he’s not really a Republican but rather a “Republican in Name Only”:
Don was cleared by the Mueller Investigation & has already testified 20+ hours in front of Congress.
The Senate GOP should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this. pic.twitter.com/qNDWyPv40J
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) May 9, 2019
Richard Burr is not a Republican.
He registers as one, and he runs for office as one, but the reality is that he’s nothing more than a weak tool for the Democrats to use as they see fit. Few “Republican” politicians have done as much damage to conservatives as this joker.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) May 8, 2019
What is @SenatorBurr doing?
Any Republican who legitimizes the witch hunt into @realDonaldTrump is just as bad as the Democrats perpetrating it
He also subpoenaed American hero Michael Flynn and called James Comey “one of the most ethical & upright individuals”
Bad news Burr!
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) May 8, 2019
Burr has been dead silent on that while continuing to work with Dems against Trump.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) May 8, 2019
Richard Burr is a coward and RINO for joining this fake Russia Dem PR stunt for subpoenaing Donald Trump Jr. #MAGA
— Pastor Mark Burns (@pastormarkburns) May 9, 2019
Burr appears to be the only Republican incapable of letting go of the Russian collusion delusion. Only days after the conclusion of Mueller’s investigation in late March, he subpoenaed former Trump campaign adviser Sam Nunberg, spurring confusion from Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
“It’s shocking, I think, to most of us who thought that the core of this story — the question of Russian collusion — was settled by the most elaborate investigation in my lifetime, that the Republican chairman of a Senate committee would be issuing a subpoena to you about your contacts with Roger Stone as if anyone could care, or would have reason to care,” Carlson said at the time to Nunberg.
Listen via FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight“:
The only so-called Republican who hasn’t responded to Burr’s antics is the grand poobah himself, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. His donors aren’t pleased.
“What Burr’s doing isn’t just a slap in the face to the President and his family, its a slap in the face to Americans across the country,” one of his top donors said in a statement to Breitbart.
“It’s incumbent that Leader McConnell steps up to the plate and strips Senator Burr’s Chairmanship of the Intel Committee. If he refuses to do that, then he shoulders just as much blame for this travesty of justice as the Senator from North Carolina.”
As of Friday morning, the Senate majority leader still hadn’t spoken out about Burr’s actions.
As for Trump Jr., a source reportedly close to him complained to the media that he’s “a private citizen” and noted that he’s also delivered “eight to nine hours of testimony in front of the Senate.”
“Don continues to cooperate by producing documents and is willing to answer written questions, but no lawyer would ever agree to allow their client to participate in what is an obvious PR stunt from a so-called ‘Republican’ senator too cowardly to stand up to his boss Mark Warner and the rest of the resistance Democrats on the committee,” the source added.
Mark Warner is the vice chair of the Senate Intelligent Committee.
A source close to Donald Trump Jr. states the following regarding Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr’s decision to subpoena Trump Jr. pic.twitter.com/QJn2Y7J4Xd
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 8, 2019
Speaking with Axios, the source added, “We’re not sure why we’re fighting with Republicans.”