Nation Or Party?
As if to illuminate the foolishness of House Republicans who are trying to undermine the investigation into a hostile foreign power’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Justice Department announced indictments Friday of 12 Russian intelligence officers. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictments, including evidence that the Russian hackers had stolen information on 500,000 voters by hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and a state election board. Thursday, several ranking House Republicans attempted to discredit the investigation in a 10- hour interrogation of FBI agent Peter Strzok, a former lead investigator in the inquiry, who had been removed from the case after sending a text revealing his personal political view opposing Donald Trump’s candidacy. The indictments bore out Strzok’s response that his personal political view had not affected the investigation, which already has produced significant results. So far, 32 people have been indicted, five have pleaded guilty and three Russian companies have been implicated. There is scant doubt that the Russian government aggressively interfered in the 2016 election. The question now is whether the Republican inquisitors will stop trying to discredit the investigation and finally place their country above their party.