What a bunch of chumps. Republicans were apparently counting on Attorney General William Barr's bogus report into the origins of the Russia investigation to distract the American people from superspreader Donald Trump and a GOP Senate actively abandoning struggling Americans.
But now that report isn’t coming out before the election, based on what Barr has told Republicans about the sweeping probe he tapped U.S. Attorney John Durham to conduct. Durham's is the latest in a long line of fruitless GOP ventures in search of dirt, and its delay almost certainly means he and Barr have found nothing useful to boost the GOP's upcoming electoral prospects. In fact, it suggests that whatever conclusions they have reached could potentially hurt Trump more than it helps him. Go figure.
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Anyway, congressional Republicans are devastated, according to Axios. “This is the nightmare scenario," said one GOP congressional aide. "Essentially, the year and a half of arguably the number one issue for the Republican base is virtually meaningless if this doesn't happen before the election."
Just more taxpayer money down the drain.
After Senate Republicans were apparently informed over the past week, Trump is now giving Barr the Sessions treatment. On Thursday, Trump ordered Barr to indict Barack Obama and Joe Biden on Fox News while failing to clarify any grounds for doing so. And in a phoner with Rush Limbaugh Friday, Trump called it "a disgrace" that Barr wouldn't produce the Durham report pre-election.
“I’m very disappointed,” Trump said. “I think it’s a terrible thing. And I’ll say it to his face."
Of course, that might be tough since no one seems to have heard from Barr after he abruptly announced he would be quarantining. But poor Barr has reportedly "privately expressed frustration" over the public comments of superspreader Trump. Frankly, they deserve each other.
But when you really know the wheels are coming off the GOP’s cart is when, two hours into a Trump tirade, Limbaugh desperately tries to kick Trump off his show by reminding Trump he’s “got a jam-packed day.”