A wide variety of congressional Republicans, many of whom are usually quite loquacious, have suddenly grown quite shy in the wake of Michael Flynn's White House resignation. The scandal involving Donald Trump's up-until-last-night National Security Advisor is raising all kinds of important questions, and for now, GOP lawmakers don't appear eager to ask or answer them.
This morning, Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) was asked on CNN why his fellow Republicans are so quiet this morning. "Well, uh, it's Valentine's Day," the New York congressman and Trump ally said
, "and I guess they're having breakfast with their wives." Collins proceeded to say the phrase "move on" four times in 37 seconds
And as cringe-worthy as the GOP lawmaker's argument was, it wasn't necessarily the worst thing we heard from congressional Republicans this morning.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), for example, said he appreciates the fact that the White House forced Flynn out "as soon as
" Team Trump realized the NSA hadn't been truthful. That, of course, suggests the Speaker isn't paying attention to even the most basic of details surrounding this story -- because the whole point of last night's revelations is that the White House learned about Flynn's falsehoods weeks ago and did nothing.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), meanwhile, told
NBC News' Kasie Hunt, in response to a question about the possibility of a bipartisan investigation of Flynn scandal, "That situation has taken care of itself."
No, seriously, that's what he said.
And what about House Intelligence Committee Chairman David Nunes (R-Calif.), a Trump cheerleader who late yesterday dismissed the allegations against Flynn as unimportant
and expressed his enthusiastic confidence in the NSA? The Washington Post
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