What A Yahoo
Large animal veterinarian turned Congressman Ted Yoho of Florida, like most Republicans now days, doesn't seem to grasp the idea of "public service."
This isn't new to observers of Yoho, but it was highlighted today when he was questioned about the ongoing Devin Nunes-Donald Trump Keystone Cop secret intelligence meeting "I can't tell you my sources nor the information I have or I'd have to kill you" caper:
“Are you concerned at all that he was viewing what he said was classified information at the White House, and then reported it back to the White House?” MSNBC’s Craig Melvin asked Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) Thursday morning, referring to Nunes.
“You’ve got to keep in mind who he works for. He works for the President, he answers to the President,” Yoho replied.
"Does he, or does he work for the constituents of his district?” Melvin followed up.
“Well, you do both, but when you’re in that capacity, and if you’ve got information – I’m OK with what he did,” Yoho said.
When it comes to understanding the process of intelligence oversight into Russian interference and possible collusion with Trump in our elections and the undermining of our democracy, Yoho makes a great veterinarian.
It may come as a shock to Yoho, but Congressmen work for the American people, not the president.* If Russia helped hand our election to Donald Trump (they did), and if Trump himself helped them do it (we don't know for sure yet), it's up to Nunes and the others on the oversight committees to find answers to these questions on behalf of the Americans who elected them to do so. Nunes does not work for the president* nor should he be sharing any intelligence with him the minute he becomes privy to it.
As so often happens when Republicans go rogue with outrageous misstatements like this one, Yoho later said he "misspoke."
Duly noted, but a bit late. As Yoho and many of his GOP colleagues have made pretty clear, this is exactly how they feel, and it shows as they bend over backwards to protect Trump.
Party before country has now joined "Russia first" as an ideology as Republicans race to meet their goals.