Republicans Treading Light Away from Trump

As more controversy surrounds President Donald Trump, a growing number of Republican Senators and Representatives are beginning to distance themselves from Trump and controversy. However, they don’t want to totally abandon him and risk the ire of voters back home, so distancing themselves from Trump is a tricky process.

Republicans on Sunday inched away from President Trump amid mounting evidence that he may have sought to interfere in the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

In a sign of growing anxiety, several important Republicans expressed discomfort with Mr. Trump’s firing of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, who had been leading the agency’s inquiry into whether Mr. Trump’s associates colluded with Russian officials. But the Republicans stopped short of explicitly criticizing Mr. Trump.

“If any president tries to impede an investigation — any president, no matter who it is — by interfering with the F.B.I., yes, that would be problematic,” Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who is on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It would be not just problematic. It would be, obviously, a potential obstruction of justice that people have to make a decision on.”…

If too many Republican lawmakers distance themselves from President Trump and his controversy, the GOP in general has to be very careful that they don’t turn everything over to the Democrats. It’s a political tightrope they are walking and one false move can spell control doom for Republicans.

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