'The first two years were not about oversight, they were about success,' Sanders said, praising Republicans in Congress for their failure to investigate Trump.
Sarah Sanders bragged on Fox News that when Republicans held the majority in the House of Representatives, they ignored Trump's crimes, unethical behavior, and other misdeeds to boost their own "success."
Sanders appeared on "Fox & Friends" (Trump's favorite Fox show) on Wednesday morning to discuss the recent flurry of document requests issued by the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-CA), to kick off a massive investigation into Trump.
"Jerry Nadler said that the reason they had to do it is for the first two years of the administration, Sarah, there was no oversight," Host Steve Doocy said.
"What Chairman Nadler is missing is, is that the first two years were not about oversight, they were about success," Sanders replied.
It's stunning that Sanders would admit this — that Republicans just didn't care about performing the constitutionally mandated oversight duties of Congress, and that they were more worried about their own "success" as a party than about holding their leader accountable.
For over two years, Republicans in Congress, led by then-Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, refused to follow the Constitution and exercise oversight of the executive branch, instead choosing to focus time and resources on pointless topics like Hillary Clinton's emails.
As they did this, they also failed to accomplish most of their key policy priorities, like repealing Obamacare. Their biggest "success" was to pass a deeply unpopular tax scam that favored the ultra-wealthy and shrank ordinary Americans' tax refunds.
Meanwhile, the GOP also ignored the evidence emerging on a near-daily basis about Trump and those in his inner circle, as prosecutors were piling up indictments and guilty pleas.
34 people associated with Trump and/or his campaign have been indicted or pled guilty to federal charges. These include Michael Flynn (Trump national security adviser), Paul Manafort (Trump campaign chairman), Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos (Trump campaign aides), and Roger Stone (Trump political adviser).
At the same time, key figures like Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen have released the details of how Trump himself played a key role in violating federal law by paying off porn star Stormy Daniels to keep her from telling voters about her affair with Trump.
Trump's executive branch has also been swimming in corruption, including Cabinet officials wasting millions on luxury travel, personal luxuries, and other indulgences.
Since Democrats took over the House, congressional committees have been working furiously to address the backlog of corruption and crime that has gone uninvestigated in two years of Republican complicity.
Republicans, now in the minority, are continuing to support ignoring Trump's crimes, led by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Republicans in Congress have been co-conspirators in Trump's crooked enterprise — and Sanders is right there with them.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.