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A Saturday Night Massacre would bring a midterm mauling to GOP

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Trump promised to drain the swamp, but the swamp is worse than ever under Trump. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has become, outside of anti-environment circles, the poster boy for the swamp at its dirtiest.

The list of cabinet members and other administration officials who have committed ethically dubious actions appears destined to grow even beyond its currently unacceptable levels.

The Trump presidency is engulfed in chaos. Shortly after Trump announced he wanted to get out of Syria, the Syrian dictator, Bashar Assad, almost certainly with support from Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, who Trump has until recently often praised, launched a brutal and sickening chemical weapons attack.

Hopefully Trump will abandon his plan to get out of Syria soon and will seek and obtain bipartisan support for a strong American and Western response to the Syrian mass murder.

The chaos continues with endless leaks and background comments from administration officials seeking to humiliate retired Marine Corps General and White House chief of staff John Kelly (as Trump and his inner circle humiliated former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former National Security Advisor General H.R. McMaster) by suggesting he is now powerless to do his job.

As the midterm elections near, the American people are exhausted and appalled by the scandals and chaos that surround the Trump presidency. There is a Trump fatigue that overwhelms the politics of the nation.

There is now a clear and present danger of Trump seeking to execute a Saturday Night Massacre after the Cohen raid, while the Mueller investigation deepens and spreads.

The Mueller investigation and the Cohen raid all involve a Republican attorney general, a Republican deputy attorney general, a Republican U.S. district attorney, a Republican FBI director and a Republican special counsel.

The only way Republicans in Congress can save themselves from a massive debacle in November is to do the right thing, to fully back these Republicans in the administration of justice and to act now to prevent the Saturday Night Massacre before it is too late.

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Brent Budowsky is a regular columnist on thehill.com. He served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, responsible for commerce and intelligence matters, including one of the core drafters of the CIA Identities Law. Served (more...)
 

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