GOP Lawmaker Offers The Most Absurd Defense For Trump’s Obstruction Of Justice
A Republican congressman is being torched hammered left and right after suggesting that investigators probing whether President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice should consider Trump that Trump is “new to politics.”
During an interview on NPR’s “Morning Edition” Thursday, Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) said that the investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia was “healthy.” But he offered one simple ‘alternative fact’ for the investigators to take into consideration before making a final determination that a crime was committed.
Schweikert seemed to suggest that Trump should get a pass on such a charge because he was new to politics.
“We have to be real careful from the standpoint that we have a president that’s not from the political class,” he said. “The learning of the disciplined use of language and what certain words mean in our context, if you’re not from this world, you may not have developed that discipline.”
The comment prompted NPR’s Steve Inskeep to point out that the president of the United States has an entire staff and lawyers to advise him on what’s appropriate to say.
Schweikert’s defense of Trump echoed that of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Earlier this month, Ryan also excused the president’s behavior by citing his lack of political experience.
“The president is new at this,” Ryan said. “He’s new to government. And so he probably wasn’t steeped into the long-going protocols that established the relationships between DOJ, FBI and White Houses.”
Former FBI Director James Comey testified earlier this month Trump asked him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and requested Comey publicly declare Trump was not under FBI investigation.
Trump has strongly pushed back on the investigation, calling it a “witch hunt.”