(L to R) Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), Senate Finance Committee chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) along with also Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI) look on during a press event to discuss the GOP plans for tax reform, September 27, 2017 in Washington, DC.
As news of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s indictment ripped through official Washington on Monday, Republicans in Congress largely chose to talk about anything nevertheless the biggest story of the day.
On social media, top Republicans posted about deregulation, tax reform along with also federal judges, nevertheless there was barely a whisper about Manafort. House Speaker Paul Ryan reportedly told a Wisconsin radio station: “Nothing will be going to derail what we’re doing in Congress.”
Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah directed Republicans’ attention to President Donald Trump’s ability to appoint like-minded judges.
Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee focused on efforts to push through tax cuts.
West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito also focused on tax reform.
There were some Republicans, however, who commented on the breaking news. Rep. Elise Stefanik of completely new York took the occasion to express her support for the ongoing investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign along with also Russia.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois also said he respected special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing probe.
Bill Kristol, a leading Trump critic along with also founder of the conservative Weekly Standard magazine, urged Republicans to avoid defending Manafort or ripping Mueller.
The president himself also weighed in on the news, expressing his desire that will investigators focus on Democrat Hillary Clinton, whom he defeated in last November’s presidential election.