Sen. John Cornyn, going through a considerably much less difficult reelection, did have one thing to say about Trump—an try and exonerate him.
“Nicely, I believe the president can’t single-handedly bear in mind every part, I’m certain, that he’s briefed on, however the intelligence officers are acquainted with it and briefed him,” mentioned Cornyn. “However once more any person’s leaking categorised data after which making an attempt to additional a story that isn’t essentially supported by the details.”
As others have pointed out, Trump has raised the price of authorities employees turning into whistleblowers by way of official channels—and Senate Republicans have made clear that there’ll by no means be any penalties for Trump—so the place else are witnesses to wrongdoing imagined to go however the media at this level?
Indiana Sen. Todd Younger wrote Trump a letter praising his supposed previous toughness on Russia and calling for investigations into who failed Trump by not briefing him. “I’m alarmed by experiences that you simply, the Vice President, and the related Congressional Committees weren’t briefed on this essential menace to our service members and to our nationwide safety,” Younger wrote. “I consider that you’d have wished to know this essential intelligence data and be supplied with the assets needed to avoid wasting the lives of our women and men in uniform. I stand prepared to carry any members of your Administration accountable for his or her gross negligence in performing such a grave accountability.”
Positive, buddy. Trump actually wished to know.
Sen. Ben Sasse responded together with his typical effort to look like prepared to carry Trump accountable sooner or later, saying: “Who knew what, when, and did the commander in chief know? And if not, how the hell not? What’s going on in that course of?” Sasse additionally jumped on the prospect to appear like a troublesome man, including: “What are we going to do to impose proportional price in response? In a scenario like this, that may imply Taliban and GRU physique luggage.”
However as we all know with Sasse, the true effort to carry Trump accountable by no means materializes, and seeing his response subsequent to Younger’s exhibits the subsequent transfer: Trump was failed by his administration.
These guys all personal Trump, and meaning they personal his non-response right here, nonetheless it occurred.