President Trump is under assault not just from Democrats but from within his own party. Case in point: Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) could have put a stop to the unfounded “Russia, Russia, Russia” lunacy, but he apparently chose not to do so.
Indeed, he knew that the Russia allegations were unfounded, knew that the president was NOT under investigation, and continued to spin that lie for all the nation and world to see.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) blasted Democrats on Thursday — particularly Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) — for fueling media hysteria, knowing full well President Trump was not under investigation for collusion with Russia.
In a statement delivered on the Senate floor, Grassley said that in March, former FBI Director James Comey had told him, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and the group of Senate and House members known as the “Gang of Eight” that the president was not under investigation.
But Schumer, who is part of the Gang of Eight, continued to tell the media Trump was under investigation, Grassley said.
“That helped feed the media hysteria,” he said. “The Minority Leader even tried to say that the Senate shouldn’t vote on the Supreme Court nomination because the president was under investigation. And the whole time, he knew it wasn’t true.”
In once instance, Schumer told reporters on March 21, “There is a cloud now hanging over the head of the president, and while that’s happening, to have a lifetime appointment made by this president seems very unseemly and there ought to be a delay.”
Grassley said it was not until months later that it came to light, on May 12, when Trump revealed in a letter firing Comey that the FBI director had told him three times he was not under investigation.
Grassley also said he had asked Comey to come out and tell the public Trump was not under investigation, but he had refused to do so over a hypothetical situation where he might have to correct the record.
“That concern was merely hypothetical — pure speculation,” he said. “In the unlikely event it came to pass, the public should know if the FBI is pursuing a criminal investigation against the president.”
In the meantime, he said, what happened was “media hysteria.”
Media hysteria? Created out of whole cloth, fed by lies and innuendo from ranking Republicans like Grassley, and disseminated to the American people as fact.
Sadly for Grassley and his anti-Trump GOP cheerleaders: We know better.