Trump is officially under investigation for obstruction of justice for asking then-FBI Director James Comey to abandon his probe into disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s connections to Russia.

As their incompetent figurehead flames out, the Republicans have moved into full panic mode. They’re wheeling out every defense they can cobble together, regardless of how ridiculous it makes them look. The tiny orange hands that sign their regressive bills into law must be protected at all costs.

Today, Republican Congressman David Schweikert said Trump didn’t obstruct justice he just lacks verbal “discipline.”

“…I’m at the point where, you know, we also have to be real careful from the standpoint we have a president that’s not from the political class. The learning of the disciplined use of language and what certain words mean in our context. If you’re not from this world, you may not have developed that discipline,” Schweikert said in an NPR interview.

This justification is absurd even by modern Republican standards. Trump is an adult man, and the president of the most powerful nation in the world.  He is fully responsible for every word that comes out of his puckered mouth. To suggest that he lacks verbal “discipline” is to absolve him of responsibility as if he were a child. It’s also to pretend that the intent behind his wording wasn’t obstruction, when it quite clearly was:

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go,” Trump said to Comey.

Schweikert’s statement serves as a perfect example of the abject cowardice that is festering at the heart of the GOP. They are so bent on passing their legislative agenda that they’re willing to overlook any indecency, any incompetence, any criminality, as long as they’re allowed to maintain control of the White House.

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