As I’ve said before, when people are forced to defend the indefensible, that’s when the excuses they come up with start to become preposterous.
Such as Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) arguing that Robert Mueller should step aside as special counselor, claiming his close relationship with former FBI director James Comey is a conflict of interest — while simultaneously criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself after he was caught lying about meetings he had with Russian officials, and denying that the attorney general’s relationship with Trump would compromise his ability to do his job ethically.
“I was against a special counsel in the first place being appointed,” Franks told MSNBC’s Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle. “Because I was convinced, as I said so at the time, that it would go off the rails and certainly it has.”
“In terms of recusal, it’s not so much me calling for recusal, even though I do with great conviction, it’s the law itself that calls for recusal,” he added. “It says that anyone who has a relationship with any of the conduct being investigated, the person then has to recuse himself. And the law is very clear on this.”
That’s when Franks argued Mueller’s relationship with Comey made him ineligible to serve as special counselor.
However, things went completely sideways after Franks then said he felt Sessions recusing himself was the wrong thing to do.
“Should Jeff Sessions have recused himself?” Ruhle asked.
“I think he probably made a mistake,” Franks replied. “I have a great deal of respect for Jeff Sessions. But the effect of that recusal was then to put the president in the direct line of fire.”
“Hold on!” Ruhle said, slightly stunned.
“Jeff Sessions shouldn’t have recused himself?” Velshi inquired. “He campaigned with Donald Trump. So Jeff Sessions shouldn’t have but Robert Mueller should have? That’s the logic?
”That’s the logic,” Franks answered.
Though I think when referencing this particular exchange, the word “logic” should be used very… very loosely.
Franks is literally arguing that Mueller can’t do his job ethically because of his relationship with Comey, yet Sessions can — despite being one of Trump’s first big endorsements, someone who worked for his campaign, was caught lying under oath to Congress, and was Trump’s hand-picked attorney general.
It’s mind-boggling these Republicans can say such outrageous nonsense with a straight face. I get that all politicians lie, some much more than others, but it’s not every day that you’ll see one completely contradict himself during the same interview — then deny that he’s being a hypocrite.
From arguing that it’s okay for Trump to be incompetent, to claiming that it’s not important for him to keep his campaign promises, this is the level to which Republicans have been forced to stoop in order to defend the never-ending stream of insanity that’s constantly emanating from Trump and his administration.
Now we have Rep. Franks stating his belief that Mueller should step down because his relationship with Comey precludes him from carrying out his job ethically, while simultaneously arguing that Sessions shouldn’t have recused himself, denying that his close ties to Trump would have impacted his ability to do his job.
As I’ve said far too many times lately — you can’t make this stuff up.
Watch the exchange below via MSNBC: