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Scarborough: Trump’s counsel stood up to him, unlike Republicans in Congress

Scarborough: Trump’s counsel stood up to him, unlike Republicans in Congress
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MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough torched Republicans on Capitol Hill for pushing "one twisted conspiracy theory after another" in order to defend a report in The New York Times that claims President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE ordered the firing of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE.

In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Scarborough accuses GOP lawmakers of spreading "preposterous narratives" about the FBI, the Justice Department and Mueller's special counsel office.

"Wild tales of secret societies, Obama wiretaps and 'deep-state' conspiracies flow freely from the tongues of Trump apparatchiks. Those preposterous narratives are then spread across cable news networks and inside Capitol Hill cloakrooms," Scarborough wrote.

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"Trump’s corrupted coalition has instead trotted out one twisted conspiracy theory after another, all designed to distract the president’s most fevered fans and concoct a case against Mueller’s investigation," he said.

Scarborough, a top critic of the president since the campaign, pointed out that White House counsel Don McGahn reportedly threatened to quit over the order to fire Mueller, forcing Trump to back down.

"Imagine that," Scarborough continued. "Beneath the blizzard of news headlines pounding ceaselessly at our nerves, this week we discovered a Republican loyalist willing to sacrifice his political standing over a higher principle."

"McGahn’s stand contrasts greatly with Capitol Hill conservatives who do little more than occasionally tweet a veiled critique of the president or deliver a meaningless speech from the Senate floor," he added.

"As a storm gathers over Washington and the world, Donald Trump’s Republican Party remains complicit in his frenzied efforts to undermine the American institutions and established values that conservatives once claimed to share," he said, blasting the GOP, of which he is a former member.

The former Florida lawmaker's op-ed comes days after he said on his MSNBC show that "conspiracy theories" about the FBI and Justice Department pushed by Congress make the U.S. less safe.

"When these conspiracy theories are spread for political reasons — and solely political reasons — to protect the president who is not worth your protection with your lies, you are only making it more difficult for our law enforcement officers to protect your family and mine against Islamic terrorism and homegrown terrorism that you supposedly fear so much," said Scarborough on Thursday.