A Republican lawmaker, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), has introduced an amendment that, if passed, would cut off funding for special counselor Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia 180 days after becoming law.
The amendment would also prohibit Mueller from investigating “matters occurring before June 2015,” when Trump announced his presidential bid.
DeSantis submitted his measure as part of the House’s impending spending package, which will be debated after the recess.
Trump, for his part, has already come under fire for attempting to impede investigations into his affairs with Russia. In May, he fired then-FBI Director James Comey who was, at the time, the top official leading a criminal probe into potential collusion during the 2016 election. The firing has led to a potential – and impeachable – obstruction of justice charge in the FBI’s subsequent – and current – investigation.
While the Republican Party has never been one for good optics, this amendment is especially egregious. That being said, one lawmaker with no ability to put country over party is not going to change the outcome of what is certain to be a damning result for Trump.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.