Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah.) blocked a bill Wednesday that would have protected special counsels like Robert S. Mueller III from being fired, according to multiple reports.
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona sided with Democratic Sens. Chris Coons of Delaware and Corey Booker of New Jersey in attempting to force a vote by unanimous consent. Per the Senate rules, that allows a bill to be torpedoed by just one Senator, which is exactly what Lee did.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the bill was unnecessary, as Trump is not planning to fire Mueller. But Flake, a known Trump hater, was not buying that argument.
“Why shouldn’t we be up in arms about this?” Flake said in reference to Trump’s Teets bashing the Special Counsel’s witch hunt. “Should we here in the Senate be okay with that? I argue no, we should not be.”
“With the President tweeting on a regular basis — a daily basis — that the special counsel is conflicted, that he’s leading so called ’12 angry Democrats’ and demeaning and ridiculing him every way,” Flake continued. “To be so sanguine about the chances of him being fired is folly for us, I believe.”
Flake is the lamest of ducks, as he will retire in January at the end of his miserable term.
Lee, on the other hand, at least cited some legal precedent in his argument, making reference to late Justice Antonin Scalia’s minority opinion in the case that originally allowed special counsels to be appointed in the first place.
“As Justice Scalia explains, we cannot convert an office like this one, an office like the previously existing office of independent counsel, without creating a de facto fourth branch of government fundamentally undermining the principles of the separation of powers that is so core to our liberty,” he said.
In any case, Mueller now stands unprotected from being fired, like any other human being with a job. Trump remained adamant about the Mueller probe in a Wednesday interview with the New York Post, saying that if he is continually harassed, he will declassify documents pertaining to the FISA warrants that got the ball rolling on the Russian “collusion” investigation in the first place, which are apparently damning to the Democrats.
“If they go down the presidential harassment track, if they want go and harass the president and the administration, I think that would be the best thing that would happen to me. I’m a counter-puncher and I will hit them so hard they’d never been hit like that,” Trump said, noting that he is saving the declassification for when it is politically expedient.
“It’s much more powerful if I do it then,” he said, “because if we had done it already, it would already be yesterday’s news.”
He did not mention firing Mueller.
Married Lincoln Project Co-Founder John Weaver Accused of Grooming Young Men, Offering Jobs for Sex
Well this isn’t a good look.
John Weaver, political consultant and co-founder of The Lincoln Project, has been accused of being a sexual predator who targeted young men.
Conservative author and political commentator Ryan Girdusky piqued curiosity and set off widespread speculation after tweeting late Saturday afternoon that “one of the founding members of the Lincoln Project [offered] jobs to young men in exchange for sex,” adding that “his wife is probably interested” to hear about the allegations.
Maybe I should start talking about one of the founding members of the Lincoln Project offering jobs to young men in exchange for sex… his wife is probably interested https://t.co/vAtUS9aPPl
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) January 9, 2021
Although Girdusky did not post screenshots of Weaver’s predatory actions himself, saying he “worked with journalists and reached out to victims asking for them to speak up because it was their story, not mine,” several others spoke up about what they experienced and heard.
Twitter user @JoshPri68522288 was one of the first to speak up, tweeting that “I know who did it, because they did it to me. It was John Weaver.”
@_liberalproject also said that “Weaver used to follow me when I used my real name on here. Out of the blue he DM’d being pushy with personal questions and trying to flirt with me. After I didn’t go along with it, he unfollowed me and never DM’d me since.”
(Screenshots courtesy of @lib_crusher.)
News of the impending allegations was also retweeted by Donald Trump Jr.
The longest Twitter thread on the accusations came from journalist Scott Stedman, who started a Twitter thread that begins as follows: “I don’t want to feed into Don Jr’s nonsense but I do want to tell a story. I followed John Weaver when I started my Twitter account. We exchanged messages, I sent him my stories, chatted about Russia, etc. He wrote a blurb for my book. He offered me some sort of “joint venture” which I wasn’t interested in, so I didn’t respond to his calls.”
Stedman continues: “One day, he DM’d me and said he had ‘advice’. He then proceeded to tell me how ‘hot’ I looked and commented on my profile picture and my hair. He started calling me ‘my boy’. I found it deeply uncomfortable.”
“What he said to me pales in comparison to others with whom Weaver communicated and countless others who have experienced much worse from people in power,” Stedman said.
And there could be much more where that came from…
For those asking why speaking up about this now: There are others, including some who reached out to me in recent days. Many many many many others, some afraid to say anything.
— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) January 10, 2021
Neither The Lincoln Project nor it’s leadership have publicly commented on the accusations yet, including Weaver himself.
Stay tuned as this story develops.
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