Republicans, especially those in districts Hillary Clinton won, see the 2018 Trump train wreck a-comin’ and they’re scrambling to jump after a devastating week. Politico writes:
More than 10 centrist Republicans over the past 48 hours have criticized Trump for reportedly sharing classified information with Russian officials or allegedly trying to quash an FBI investigation. Many joined Democrats in calling for a special prosecutor to take the reins of the Justice Department investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. (The DOJ named a special counsel on Wednesday.) Others want a select congressional committee to be appointed.
Actions taken by nervous members include Rep. Carlos Curbelo in Florida’s 26th district—which Clinton won by six points—having his aides call reporters to point out he was the first GOP member to use the “I-word,” meaning impeachment. But what’s interesting is that many of the very same Republican lawmakers who
Trump’s water on the healthcare bill just two weeks ago are the same people stiff-arming him now.
Case in point: Rep. Steve Knight of California, a top target for Democrats in 2018. Hillary Clinton carried his district by nearly 7 points, and Cook Political Report moved his reelection rating from “lean Republican” to “toss-up” after he voted for the health care bill.
But on Tuesday, after reports that Trump shared classified intelligence with Russia, Knight backed a special prosecutor to take over the ongoing FBI investigation, arguing that “there is so much conflicting information from many sources.”
“Americans deserve the opportunity to learn the truth,” Knight said in a statement.
Heh. Too late, Knight. That vote’s gonna be the millstone around your neck in next year and there’s no escaping it.
Others mentioned in the story: Reps. Barbara Comstock (VA-10), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Frank LoBiando (R-NJ).
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