Caution from many Georgia Republicans as reports swirl about Trump, Russia

WASHINGTON — Many of Georgia’s Republican members of Congress kept to the sidelines Wednesday as new details emerged about alleged contact between President Donald Trump’s aides and Russian intelligence officials during the presidential campaign.

Reaction among the state’s GOP lawmakers was varied but overall muted as Democrats called for an independent investigation into Russia’s involvement in the election, as well as contact between Trump’s recently departed national security adviser Michael Flynn and a Russian diplomat.

Many Georgia Republicans on Wednesday praised Flynn’s qualifications – as well as his decision to step down.

Sen. Johnny Isakson was one of the only Georgia Republicans to voice support for a congressional investigation into Russia’s involvement in November’s election. His remarks were focused, however, an ongoing Senate Intelligence Committee probe, not a new, nonpartisan investigation outside of Congress, as Democratic leaders suggested Wednesday.

“The American people place a great deal of trust in our government leaders who are responsible for the safety and security of our country,” Isakson said. “When that trust or the integrity of our national security is compromised, there should always be scrutiny, oversight and accountability with real consequences.”

 


 

Responses from Sen. David Perdue and Rep. Buddy Carter of Pooler were more cautious. They said members of Congress’ intelligence committees should recommend whether to investigate Russia, Flynn and the Trump campaign.

“When they get those answers they’ll come back to us,” said Perdue of the intelligence committees. He praised Flynn on Tuesday as a “great general” who faced an “unfortunate set of circumstances.”

There are no Georgia lawmakers on the House or Senate intelligence committees.

Meanwhile, Rep. Jody Hice, R-Monroe, said Defense Secretary James Mattis and CIA Director Mike Pompeo were best positioned to advise Trump on Russia.

“Moving forward, I urge my colleagues in the Senate to focus on confirming and fully staffing the White House and the national security agencies with qualified individuals who can chart the best path forward for our nation,” Hice said.

Barry Loudermilk of Cassville echoed the argument Trump took to social media, that the more burning question was the fact that American intelligence officials were leaking information to the media.

The second-term lawmaker, who worked in intelligence for a portion of his eight-year stint in the Air Force, said the leakers should be “hunted down, fully investigated and sent to jail for a very, very long time.”

“This is very potentially a treasonous act within our intelligence community,” Loudermilk said in an interview Wednesday. “…These are the types of things that happen in third-world countries, in banana republics.”

Most of Georgia’s other Republican lawmakers didn’t weigh in or released carefully-worded statements on the need for Trump to have full confidence in his advisers. Every one of the state’s GOP members of Congress endorsed Trump ahead of the election.

Democrats said a full outside investigation was needed.

“The American people deserve to know the full extent of Russia’s financial, personal and political grip on President Trump,” Lithonia Democrat Hank Johnson said.

Read more:Before she was fired, Sally Yates said a White House counselor was ripe for Russian blackmail

 

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Peggy Fountain
Peggy Fountain

Better check out these Ga. Republicans , Is'n it strange , the last two crooks did anything an these same republicans never opened their mouth, this tells me they might have been in with those two.and one of Russia's biggest investors is Mrs. Clinton. And she sold our uranium and Russia payed her to sell it to them ,she had the money sent to kgb office in Canada ,and the sent it to Clinton Foundation , check you face book it's all on there.

Barbara Watkins
Barbara Watkins

Those crooks support everything he does! Caution is not enough! Do your job! You do not work for him nor the Republican Party! You work for us! DID THEY FORGET WHO PAYS THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE? The best insurance in the world! Hypocrites all! They want to destroy the country for profit. All bought and paid for.

Amy Mattus
Amy Mattus

Georgia POLITICS is right. You can be replaced.

Mark Cotner
Mark Cotner

I'm fairly sure you meant to say Pedesta, Russia

Donald Bentley
Donald Bentley

RUSSIA! RUSSIA! RUSSIA! what a crock! Establishments fake news.. Russia hacked the election! Establishments answer? ... NUCLEAR WAR! Establishments fake news.. Russia hacked the power grid Establishments answer?.. NUCLEAR WAR! Establishments fake news... Trump and those who voted for him Russian are spies Establishments answer... NUCLEAR WAR! An ant crosses the road.... Establishment blames Russia. Establishments answer.... NUCLEAR WAR! Starting to get the picture? As Smedley Butler said WAR IS A RACKET!

Christopher Lee Raley
Christopher Lee Raley

Let me speak for the silent GOP lawmakers. President Trump won. Now get busy making America great again, or get tf out!

Red Phillips
Red Phillips

Liberals have become the new Red Baiters. What a joke.

Nancy Leverett Fondren
Nancy Leverett Fondren

Shame on Georgia senators or any others that believe this about Trump......You know hobama , killary and Soros is behind this.....Why don't y'all grow balls and stand up against the ones trying to destroy America....Remember it won't be long before you'll need votes.......

Dan Zaenglein
Dan Zaenglein

Another BS story Fake News, by the Atlanta Urinal and constipation.

CharlesThomas Duke
CharlesThomas Duke

I to am a conservative and yet I'm not concerned cause I believe in our president,the reason your throwing caution to the wind is the hard fact you don't stand with our president,you don't believe in him.you don't like the factors doing what you can't or refuse to do,ask your self a question,am I a true Republican? Am I a true conservative? If the don't support our president and you don't believe in him then the answer is (NO)

Jackie Willey
Jackie Willey

Investigate the Russia - Trump connection. The love affair between Trump and Putin is suspicious.

Brenda Dmytryck
Brenda Dmytryck

So sick of hearing about Russia this smd that.WTF.Obama hamded over OUR money to numerous terrorist affiliated countries and no big deal, right???

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

Like the war Trump wanted to by ending sanctions??

Rachael Renee Levasseur
Rachael Renee Levasseur

What are you talking about? Please provide factual new sources who are fact checked as evidence to support your preposterous claim.

Rocky Buldo
Rocky Buldo

This one may be a Putin bot , so don't expect any answers.

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

Why are you people still putting out this fake news. No laws were broken except the leaking of classified info. I'll be glad when President Trump orders obama along with numerous members of his regime to testify under oath of all their wrongdoing.

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

How does everyone feel about the trumps bringing in IMMIGRANT workers to their vineyards & Mara Largo at this very moment ?? Yep, it's true ! Fact check it yourselves if you know how !!

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

How does everyone feel about trump costing taxpayers $$3 MILLION PER WEEK for his unnecessary Mara Largo trips & the $500 THOUSAND PER DAY his wife is costing taxpayers to remain in her golden New York tower ?? How many hungry American children & vets could that money feed ??!!!

Pennie Hoeft
Pennie Hoeft

Please this without substantiated proof this is on my news feed

Bob Miller
Bob Miller

Do the Rinos in Georgia belong in Savanna?

Robert Thornton
Robert Thornton

As usual, the only thing the ABC is good for is to line the bottom of a birdcage.

David K Wilson
David K Wilson

LOL swirly bowl of BS is what you got. If anyone is cautious its the RINO types who were defeated and no longer hold sway.

Willie Weatherspoon
Willie Weatherspoon

RUSSIAGATERS!! Call DOJ 202 353 1555 demand Special Prosecutor conduct independent investigation into Russiagate.

Penny Jones Smith
Penny Jones Smith

You need to check-out Hillary who received money for selling Russia uranium. Guaranteed Obama knew it.

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

That's been debunked for a long time by multiple credible sources. You people are still too hate filled, gullible, & lazy to fact check anything with CREDIBLE sources. Or is it that you're just too stupid to do so ? Whatever the reason, you're an embarrassment to this country.

Tracie Hippe
Tracie Hippe

Cant wait for the media war to be over...

Billy J. Chandler
Billy J. Chandler

This article is right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook. Saul "The Goon" Alinsky is generally considered to be the founder of American modern socialism/communism. He is often noted for his 1971 book 'Rules for Radicals'. One of his rules is based upon the quote: "Power is not only what you have but what others think you have." The Georgia Politics News page is apparently hoping you will be fool enough to think they are real news reporters. Don't feed the trolls. Don't click.

Billy J. Chandler
Billy J. Chandler

Because I read the article. Did you? The headline reads "Caution from Many". It is a false narrative as it is a conclusion not supported by any fact. Note the article's quote: "most were mute". Only a mind reader could conclude anything from silence. Perhaps Republicans contacted did not believe the premise worthy of comment. Or, perhaps they were silent based on the reputation of the news organization asking the question. I don't know I'm not a mind reader. Neither are the authors thus my point. Oh ... and thanks for the compliment.

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

How do you know it's not real ? Can you provide credible proof that it's not real oh wise one ? Please share your vast knowledge.

Billy J. Chandler
Billy J. Chandler

Don't mention it. Glad to assist Sen. Pelosi! While we may disagree on some things Rocky, I believe we'de both agree there exists an almost unlimited number of names for either of us to banter should we decide to go that way.

Cindi Jenkins Warner
Cindi Jenkins Warner

If you want to talk money Obama raised our countries debt more than all the presidents together...give TRUMP a chance we had to put up with Obama

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

The GOP will held accountable for their blind allegiance to 45 and hypocrisy.