So far, not one Republican senator has commented on Trumps attempt to fire the special counsel.
The explosive story that Donald Trump attempted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller just a month after his appointment has erased every other consideration from the national news and even has legal experts and historians raising the specter of impeachment.
But Senate Republicans are staying very quiet.
Among the silent Republicans is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who just two months ago said he didnt hear much pressure to pass any of the bipartisan bills protecting Muellers job because Trump would never make a move on him.
Also silent thus far is Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, who was forced Thursday to walk back a conspiracy theory to discredit any investigations into Trump, based on a facetious text message, that a secret society in federal law enforcement was working to undermine Trump.
Even supposedly principled Republicans like Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, who fiercely defended Mueller last year and called his career unimpeachable, have not publicly commented.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham warned last summer that “any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency.” At the time, he encouraged support for his proposed legislation to protect Mueller’s investigation, insisting, “We need a check and balance here.”
Graham has also been silent.
But that does not mean there are zero senators speaking up.
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut outlined the serious implications of the news on CNN Thursday evening, warning the revelations portend a constitutional crisis.
This is a make or break moment for the integrity of every politician in Washington. Now that Trumps commission of obstruction of justice is essentially confirmed, it is time for every lawmaker in Congress to make clear which side they are on.
And those who continue to hide will simply mark themselves out as cowards.