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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
The Intercept,Dec. 22, 2017
Editor’s Picks Hypocrisy of the GOP
For a half-century, civil rights groups have rightfully complained about the FBI operating as a rogue force that harasses, surveils, and arrests innocent citizens. In recent months, the right wing has joined this chorus, after the FBI began investigating the Trump campaign. The Intercept’s Trevor Aaronson reports on the exquisite irony of the right’s sudden concern with FBI excesses. While the FBI has indeed committed rampant abuses since its founding, its investigation of possible Russian interference in the 2016 election has been by the book.
Reporter Jon Schwarz investigated another facet of GOP hypocrisy around the Russia investigation – the Republican Party’s willingness to meekly follow President Donald Trump if he tries to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Schwarz notes that the GOP has long been a lawless party connected to deceptions about the Vietnam War, Iran-Contra, Watergate, and more. We should not be surprised by its latest betrayals of law and democratic order.