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The Republicans Betrayed Democracy. Walter Shaub Lists the Red Lines Crossed.

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Walter Shaub was Director of the Office of Government Ethics, appointed by President Obama.  He resigned in July, 2017.

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The republic is very truly in danger because the congressional majority consists of legislators lacking the morale character to stand up to a president who is betraying the ideals and values our nation claims to stand for.

Firing the FBI Director & AG was a red line.
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— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 21, 2018

Replacing the AG with an unqualified partisan bulldog who  told us how he’d sabotage the investigation of Trump was a red line. Attempting to use DOJ to prosecute his political rivals was a red line.  /2

Participating in a failed cover up and then defending his top customer for the torture-murder of a Virginia resident who wrote for the Washington Post was a red line. Commiting a felony by lying on a financial disclosure form to conceal a hush money payoff was a red line. /3

Retaining his conflicting financial  interests and keeping them secret from the American people was a red line.Spending nearly 1/3 of his days in office visiting a Trump property & 1/4 of them at a Trump golf course, while using the presidency to promote them was a red line. /4

Refusing to vigorously investigate the attack on our election, refusing to upgrade our voting systems to resist future attacks, and instead cutting the budget of the EAC, which should be leading the upgrade effort, and gushing over our attacker in Helsinki was a red line. /5

Ignoring reports that his nepotistic son-in-law may have leaked classified information to the Saudi crown prince and ignoring the fact that he omitted key information from his security clearance form was a red line. /6

Sending the Counsel to the President to find out if a secret FISA warrant had been issued against his campaign and directing him to fire the special counsel was a red line. Asking the FBI Director to back off an investigation of the National Security Advisor was a red line. /7

Failing to fire a WH Counsel who asked the acting AG why DOJ cared if one WH official lied to another was a red line.Telling more lies to the American people in his first two years (and maybe more than ALL past presidents combined in their first two years) was a red line. /8

Reportedly considering turning Gulen over to Erdogan for likely torture and murder to distract from his favorite customer’s torture and murder of a U.S.-based journalist was a red line. /9

Actively intervening in career-level personnel actions, in violation of the merit systems principles, because he didn’t like being investigated, was a red line. /10

Separating families seeking asylum, failing to record their identities and family affiliations, and admitting the administration’s goal was “deterrence” was a red line. Sending the military to the border at a cost of tens of millions to influence an election was a red line. /11

Waging war on the freedom of the  press, the independence of the Department of Justice, the work of the FBI, and the very mission of the ethics office was a red line. /12

Reversing a half century of interpretation of the anti-nepotism law and then chanting “lock her up” as his nepotistic daughter used private email and his nepotistic son-in-law repeatedly omitted information from his ethics forms was a red line. /13

The partisan majority of this Congress should know that these are precedents that might be relied upon by future presidents of either party. They should know that they have betrayed their country by allowing things they would never have allowed Trump’s political rival to do. /14

They should know that history will judge them harshly. They should know that a majority of Americans already do. /15


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