In case you missed it, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board this week pointed out the hypocrisy of Missouri’s Republican officeholders who spoke out loudly about the handling of classified intelligence last year, but are burying their heads in the sand now that President Trump has revealed highly secret intelligence to Russian foreign officials. Trump has also reportedly tried to interfere with an FBI investigation.
The Editorial Board asks: “Where are those voices of condemnation now?”
To shine a light on this issue, the Missouri Democratic Party released a list of previous quotes from Missouri’s Republican officeholders about the handling of classified information, including Attorney General Josh Hawley. As the state’s top law enforcement officer, Hawley has been remarkably silent especially given his own statements last year that focused on standing up to dysfunction in DC and specifically said this kind of “outrageous conduct” is why he needed to be Attorney General to “win for the rule of law.”
Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber added, “If Josh Hawley continues to hide while the President reveals classified intelligence to the Russians and reportedly interferes with an FBI investigation, then he’s making clear once again that he’s willing to break his campaign promises and ignore his role as Missouri’s top cop when it’s his own political party.”