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Republicans Know REAL Scandal: FBI Ignored Obama/Russia Collusion! That's The Ticket!

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Things at the House Republican grilling of FBI guy Peter Strzok (which is still going on, and you should visit Evan at that link) have taken a weird turn. Or another weird turn. Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador asked a very, very strange question of Mr. Strzok: Why did the FBI fail utterly to investigate Barack Obama for colluding with Russia in 2012, because everybody knows Obama totally asked Putin to swing the election against Mitt Romney for him? As we all know, it was a huge scandal.


In case you didn't know about Obama's election collusion with Putin in 2012, Labrador would like to remind you:

Why didn't the FBI investigate President Obama, when he was caught on a hot mic, telling the Russian president that he'd have more flexibility to negotiate after the 2012 election?

You know, that time Obama definitely said a dumb, and in retrospect, Trump apologists have decided it's now precisely equivalent to every third person in the Trump campaign meeting with Russians to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Of course, if you want to get all technical about it, Obama wasn't talking about enlisting foreign help in 2012, he was telling then-president Dmitri Medvedev that he'd have "more flexibility" in arms control after he was reelected, "particularly with missile defense." Nobody has ever come up with any evidence Obama asked for Russia to please, please launch an information war on his behalf.

So there's a thing that happened. A Republican member of Congress has converted a stupid Twitter meme into a question under sworn testimony.

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Can we just say that when Fox idiot Maria Bartiromo sounds like the sane person in a situation, that is a worrisome situation? That is what happened when Donald Trump -- who's just had a fantastic Infrastructure Week, assuming it is Infrastructure Week, and we always do -- sat down for what was supposed to be an easy breezy "You're the best!"/"No YOU are, Mister President!" interview with his beloved Fox pals.

Instead Maria Bartiromo had to ask the question on everybody's mind, which is WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU OH MY GOD, or, more clearly, is there a reason you have spent this entire week of your presidency picking a fight with a dead guy, who somehow seems to be winning that fight, because you are literally so stupid and incompetent you LOSE FIGHTS TO DEAD GUYS?

She said it nicer than that, though.

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Last fall, after Wisconsin voters rejected Gov. Scott Walker's reelection bid and chose Democrat Tony Evers instead, Republicans in the state legislature got very busy doing anything they could to limit the power of the incoming governor and the new Democratic attorney general, Josh Kaul. Hey, voters may have chosen Evers, but that didn't mean Rs had to let Democrats actually govern, now did it? As Republican state House Speaker Robin Vos rather notoriously said at the time, the lege had to act because "We are going to have a very liberal governor who is going to enact policies that are in direct contrast to what many of us believe in." So in a two day "extraordinary session," the Republicans shifted power from the executive branch and gave those powers to the legislature, which conveniently remained in Republican control thanks to gerrymandering. Scott Walker signed the bills and then began his career as an idiot on Twitter.

Yesterday, a Wisconsin judge found the entire lame duck session violated the state constitution, and invalidated the laws it passed. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess said in his decision the Wisconsin constitution is quite specific about when the legislature can meet, and nope, the "extraordinary session" didn't meet the constitutional requirements, so sorry guys, you didn't follow the rules and your laws ARE MOOT.

The Associated Press lawsplains the constitutional neener-neener:

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