Ron DeSantis is a republican representative to the U.S. House of Representatives. He is also a Fool … yes, that is Fool with a capital ‘F’. He falls short of qualifying for an Idiot of the Week award, but given time, he might by sometime next year. If only there weren’t so many out there like him …
He has written an amendment to tie special counsel Robert Mueller’s hands. You know … one has to wonder, with so many protests against Mueller and his team of investigators, if “methinks thou doth protest too much” is an apt saying here. But back to DeSantis.
“Congress should use its spending power to clarify the scope and limit the duration of this investigation. Rosenstein has said that the DOJ doesn’t conduct fishing expeditions; the corollary to this admonition should be that Congress will not fund a fishing expedition.”
His proposed amendment is tied to the spending package the House is set to take on this week. The limitations he proposes are to restrain the scope of Mueller’s investigation to only events that occurred after June 2015 when Trump officially threw his hat in the ring, and also to give him only six more months to complete the investigation. Both are unreasonable demands. I think we all knew when the investigation first started that one thread would lead to another to another, and the scope was likely to be far wider than originally thought. Nothing has changed that assessment. And six months??? Get real, Mr. DeSantis … to fully determine everything that has happened between the Trump campaign and the Russian government could take years.
DeSantis claims the American people do not want to fund this ongoing investigation. Well, as one of those people, I would far rather see my tax dollars used to dig as deep as necessary, than to waste them on such things as Trump’s every weekend golf trips, his hedonistic lifestyle, and the recent unnecessary investigation into whether the Obama administration installed wiretaps in Trump Tower. Oh yes, Mr. DeSantis … We The People want to know every single detail of the collusion between Russia and anybody associated with Trump.
“My amendment sets a limit of only matters since Trump’s campaign started. And then If you don’t have anything after 6 months after announcement. That will be almost two years [if you include the FBI’s investigation that started in 2016]. If you have hard facts produce them. That’s not a good use of resources and diverts our attention on Capitol Hill away from on the core issues that American people want us to address. Is this being done because we want to answer this question about ‘were there crimes committed by members of a presidential campaign working in cahoots with the Russians?’ Yes or no? And if there weren’t, then go on. All the stuff we’re hearing are things that really are unrelated to that.”
To me, such a foolish statement throws up a red flag. On the plus side, DeSantis amendment is likely to be largely ignored, as a number of members of both the Senate and the House are actually putting forth proposals to protect the Mueller investigation after Trump’s threats to fire Mueller. But there is more …
In 2016, he [DeSantis] repeatedly demanded a special counsel be appointed to investigate Hillary Clinton’s email server, even after the attorney general determined that one was not required. In one such demand, he asked rhetorically, “Aren’t the current extraordinary circumstances involving the investigation of former Secretary of State Clinton’s private email server the precise reason the special counsel option exists?”
He also led an unsuccessful effort that year to impeach the IRS commissioner, an Obama appointee, who he said had “violated the public trust, breached his fiduciary obligations and demonstrated his unfitness to serve.” At the time he said Congress must act to get to the truth and because, “We are supposed to be the people’s representatives, we are supposed to be able to do justice for them when the government is not acting appropriately… [There is] no excuse for our failure to discharge our basic constitutional duties.”
And just weeks ago, DeSantis called for a Congressional investigation of his fellow Florida representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D), after a former information technology employee of employed by Wasserman Schultz and several other Congressional Democrats was arrested on charges of filing a fraudulent home loan application — hardly the sort of direct connection he now demands Mueller demonstrate. – Austin Wright, ThinkProgress, 28 August 2017
The amendment is one of hundreds proposed to attach to the spending bill, and there is no guarantee it will ever see the light of day, as the House Rules Committee has the ability to discard any amendments. DeSantis is a hypocrite and a fool. I feel confident that his fellow House members will ignore his proposal. It seems that at this juncture it would be wise to sit down and shut up, rather than to add fuel to the fires by protesting Mueller’s investigation on frivolous grounds.