BREAKING: 14 GOP senators thunder their outrage at the high crime of witness tampering!

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Quite often the British newspaper The Guardian outdoes American corporate media in covering American politics, and I’ve got an example here, let’s call it the latest in their “GOP hypocrisy test” series:

Mitch McConnell, Kentucky

… And, again, the undisputed evidence shows that the president took the path of lies and deceit.

… I am completely and utterly perplexed by those who argue that perjury and obstruction of justice are not high crimes and misdemeanors.

Chuck Grassley, Iowa

It is clear to me that the president committed serious crimes… These actions weren’t just outrageous and morally wrong. They were also illegal. They were a direct assault on the integrity of the judicial process.

Lindsey Graham, South Carolina

…[N]obody because of their position in society has the right to cheat and to get somebody to lie for them, even as the president. That means we’re not a nation of men or kings. We’re a nation of laws, and that’s what this case has always been about to me … He turned the judicial system upside down, every way but loose. He sent his friends to lie for him. He lied for himself.  [See also: CNN.]

By now no doubt you’ve gathered that this was in late 1998/early 1999 and they were talking about Bill Clinton, who had tried to cover up an affair, not the selling out of his country to a foreign power to gain the presidency.

The other eleven sitting Republican senators who grandly seized the moral high ground and voted either (as Representatives) to impeach or (as Senators) to convict Clinton are:

Pat Roberts (Kansas)

Mike Crapo (Idaho)

Mike Enzi (Wyoming)

James Inhofe (Oklahoma)

Richard Shelby (Alabama)

Roy Blunt (Missouri)

Richard Burr (North Carolina)

Jerry Moran (Kansas)

Rob Portman (Ohio)

Roger Wicker (Mississippi)

John Thune (South Dakota)

I’d quote all their heartfelt defenses of the rule of law and the integrity of the judiciary in full, as quoted in the story, if fair use rules allowed it.  But you can certainly appreciate, not to mention copy and paste, their entire splendour from The Guardian, then contact said senators and quote their eloquence right back to them as a reminder of their sacred principles.

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