See a list of eleven House GOP members who asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate former FBI head James Comey, Hillary Clinton, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates and other DOJ officials Trump has attacked on Twitter for bias, and vote these twerps out in the fall.
Devin Nunes is not the only House GOP member beclowning himself. Though they’ve got a ways to go before they match Nunes in the malevolent goon stakes, eleven sitting House GOP members signed a letter in mid-April 2018 asking the DOJ to investigate James Comey, Hillary Clinton, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates, Dana Boente, and other DOJ officials who have annoyed Trump.
They signed a letter that alleges pro-Clinton or anti-Trump bias on behalf of those prominent players and urges the DOJ to investigate. To wit, from the letter:
“Because we believe that those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American, we want to be sure that the potential violations of law outlined below are vetted appropriately.”
Many of the eleven signatories have expressed or advanced egregious far-right statements, such as attacking Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and demanding that Mueller step down, calling for a second special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton, claiming that many mass murderers end up being Democrats (Claudia Tenney), sticking up for private prisons who want to pay prisoners a dollar a day for their work (Paul A. Gosar, Andy Biggs, Matt Gaetz, Jody Hice)… you get the picture. Congress, and the American people, would be better off without them.
Below is a list of the eleven, with information about Democratic challengers. Unless otherwise specified, they’re assumed to be running for re-election in the fall.
These will be tough seats to take. The Cook Political Report rates most of them as Solid Republican, which is the strongest Republican rating it assigns. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try, though.
Ron DeSantis, representing Florida’s 6th District. He’s retiring from his House seat in order to run for governor of Florida. Three Democrats and five Republicans will appear in the August 28, 2018 primary. The filing deadline is May 4. As of September 2017, Nancy Soderberg had the most cash on hand among the Democrats. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.
Andy Biggs, representing Arizona’s 5th District. He’s running for his second term. Five Democrats are running in the August 28, 2018 primary. No Republicans have stepped up to challenge Biggs; the filing deadline is May 30. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.
Dave Brat, representing Virginia’s 7th District. He first gained notoriety for his improbable defeat of the powerful GOP incumbent Eric Cantor. Brat won’t face any Republicans in the primary, but two Democrats and a Whig Party member (yes, you read that right, the Whig Party) will appear in the June 12, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Lean Republican.
Jeff Duncan, representing South Carolina’s 3rd District. He’s running for a fifth term. Two Democrats and a member of the American party will run in the June 12, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.
Matt Gaetz, representing Florida’s 1st District. He’s running for a second term. Two Democrats and two other Republicans will meet him in the August 28, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.
Paul A. Gosar, representing Arizona’s 4th District. He is running for a fifth term. Three Democrats and a Green Party member will run in the August 28, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.
Andy Harris, representing Maryland’s 1st District. He is seeking a fifth term. This is a crowded field. Six Democrats, including Allison Galbraith, two other Republicans, and a Libertarian have committed to the June 26, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.
See the OTYCD entry on Allison Galbraith:
Jody Hice, representing Georgia’s 10th District. He’s running for a third term. The May 22, 2018 primary includes three Democrats, two other Republicans, and an Independent. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.
Todd Rokita, representing Indiana’s 4th District. He announced that he would run against Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly for a Senate seat in 2018. Six Democrats and seven Republicans are in the May 8, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.
Claudia Tenney, representing New York’s 22nd District. She’s running for a second term. The June 26, 2018 primary will be sparse. Only Tenney and Democrat Anthony Brindisi will appear. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as a Toss-up.
Ted Yoho, representing Florida’s 3rd District. He’s running for a fourth term. Three Democrats will run in the August 28, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.
Read the April 18, 2018 letter that the GOP house members sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and John Huber, the U.S. attorney for the district of Utah:
Read April 2018 coverage on the letter from Business Insider and The Hill:
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Read a WaPo story that quotes House Rep Matt Gaetz saying that Robert Mueller must step down immediately (scroll down to item 7):
Hear audio of New York GOP House Rep Claudia Tenney claiming ‘Many mass murderers” “end up being Democrats”:
See a March 16 2018 Washington Post piece on GOP lawmakers who are OK with the notion of prisoners earning a dollar a day:
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