Let us dispel with the idea that Little Marco doesn’t know how to stop Donald Trump from being held accountable for anything. He knows exactly how to stop Donald Trump from being held accountable for anything:
Earlier this month, the Senate Intelligence Committee approved an amendment on an 8-7 vote from Warner and GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, which added a provision to the Intelligence Authorization Act requiring campaigns to notify federal authorities about offers of foreign election help.
That bill, however, was unlikely to get Senate floor time on its own, which is why it’s being included in the National Defense Authorization Act.
The effort to strip the foreign election help provision from the intelligence bill was not a surprise, as acting Senate Intelligence Chairman Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, predicted earlier this month it would be removed before the bill was on the floor, because of an objection from the Senate Rules Committee.
Warner bemoaned what he called a “back-room deal” to strip out the provision.”If my Republican colleagues want to strip this legislation out of the NDAA behind closed doors, then I’m going to offer it up as an amendment to force an up-or-down vote and put every member of this body on the record,” Warner said on the Senate floor.
In related news, the indictments filed against Julian Assange are a classic example of Trump burning his most fervent lickspittles.