Congressional Republicans have spent the entirety of Trump’s presidency either playing the role of sycophant or choosing to ignore his scandals and insane behaviors and policies. It isn’t surprising that most of the Republicans have been silent, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are supposed to be party leaders, but have made no actions that even slightly represent leadership. This behavior has been viewed as suspicious by some, and may be coming back to bite them.
It has been pieced together by the media that the Trump Campaign and the Russian government held meetings at the RNC solely for the purpose of changing the Republican platform to suit foreign needs. Clearly, the party leaders knew about this and can’t even deny it, since their platform was altered after these meetings.
Diana Denman, a GOP delegate, is set to give testimony before Congress that JD Gordon, a Trump Campaign adviser, told her that Trump wanted to change the platform during the Republican National Convention in a way that would benefit Russia. NPR reports that Gordon quit the campaign just weeks after the convention.
Even though these meetings haven’t garnered much attention in the media, Robert Mueller has taken them very seriously, according to Reuters. Of particular interest to Mueller is Jeff Sessions. Reuters reports:
“Investigators have asked detailed questions about conversations that Sessions, then a Trump campaign adviser, had at a convention event attended by then-Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak, said the first source, who was questioned by Mueller about the event.”
“The same source said Mueller’s team also has been asking whether Sessions had private discussions with Kislyak on the sidelines of a campaign speech Trump gave at Washington’s Mayflower Hotel in April 2016.”