Congressional Republicans have spent Trump’s entire presidency either playing the role of sycophant or choosing to ignore his scandals and insane behaviors and policies. It isn’t surprising, then, that most of the Republicans have been silent. Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are supposed to be party leaders, however, they have made no actions that even convey 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.
It has been rumored that Diana Denman, a GOP delegate, could give testimony before Congress that JD Gordon, a Trump Campaign adviser, told her that Trump himself wanted to change the platform during the Republican National Convention in a way that would benefit Russia. NPR reports that JD Gordon quit the campaign only weeks after the convention.
Even though these meetings haven’t garnered much attention in the media, Robert Mueller has taken them very seriously.
At one committee meeting, according to people in attendance, Diana Denman, a member of the platform committee’s national security subcommittee, proposed language calling for the United States to supply “lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine’s armed forces and greater coordination with NATO on defense planning.”
But the final platform language deleted the reference to “lethal defensive weapons,” a change that made the platform less hostile to Russia, whose troops had invaded the Crimean peninsula and eastern Ukraine.
For his part, President Trump continues to deny any role in a decision by so-called “activists” at the 2016 Republican National Convention to “strike language calling for the supply of U.S. arms to help Ukraine defend against Russian territorial aggression.”