Burr vs. Trump Jr: Subpoena ignites a firestorm in the GOP

Russiagate may be far from over:

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s decision to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. has ignited an internal Republican firefight over the fate of the committee’s Russia probe, as the panel’s GOP chairman showed no signs of backing down despite fierce criticism from many of his colleagues that it was time to move on.

Much of the backlash against the decision by Chairman Richard Burr (N.C.) to subpoena President Trump’s eldest son came from GOP senators who are up for reelection next year and from those closely aligned with the president. The outrage was partially fueled by Trump Jr. and his own allies.

Much like his father, Trump Jr is simply not clever enough to understand the pros and cons. He could put this issue to bed pretty quickly by showing up and giving a few hours of testimony, but (just like dad) he's too arrogant to do that. And the end result is more focus on the Russia meeting, not less. Say what you will about Richard Burr, he's wholly invested in the reputation of the Intel Committee, and he's not going to leave any questions unanswered. Here's some whining from the peanut gallery:

“I sure wish Sen Richard Burr was as interested in Biden’s cushy deals w/Ukraine & China while VP than he is in the harassment of @DonaldJTrumpJr over a CLOSED witch hunt,” tweeted former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, the father of White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Dude, go tune your bass guitar and leave the adults alone.

In tweets, Charlie Kirk, the founder of the pro-Trump organization Turning Point USA and a friend of Trump Jr.’s, singled out Republican senators who are running for reelection in 2020 and taunted them to fall into line with the Trump family against Burr’s subpoena.

“Conservatives are watching closely how @SenThomTillis responds to his North Carolina colleague @SenatorBurr’s senseless targeting of @DonaldJTrumpJr,” Kirk said in one of this tweets. “Primaries will not be kind to Republicans who stand silent as government power is . . . abused to harass the President’s family.”

You see a pattern here? These Republicans can't get halfway through a Tweet without making some reference to the 2020 Election. It's all they care about. Forget national security, forget foreign involvement in our electoral process, it's all about the shit-show of campaign demagoguery.

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