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Obama: GOP has ‘racked up enough indictments to field a football team’

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Former President Obama said Sunday that Republicans could field a football team with all the indictments against members of their party.

“They promised they were going to take on corruption in Washington,” Obama said while campaigning at a rally in Indiana for Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), CNN reports.

“Instead, they’ve racked up enough indictments to field a football team,” he said. 

{mosads}”Nobody in my administration got indicted,” Obama added. “Which, by the way, is not that high a bar.”

Democrats have made corruption in Washington a part of their closing message, pointing to the indictments of two GOP lawmakers and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Mueller has won indictments or gotten guilty pleas from 32 people, including Paul Manafort, the onetime chairman of President Trump’s campaign, and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) is running for reelection after his indictment on charges related to insider trading. He’s favored to win reelection, though his race is competitive.

A second GOP lawmaker, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), is also running for reelection after being indicted on charges related to allegations he used campaign money on personal expenses. Hunter is also favored to win reelection but faces a competitive race.

Trump has criticized Mueller’s investigation as a partisan “witch hunt” and has called for it to be ended. He and allies have also pointed to text messages sent between a couple of FBI agents to suggest that the probe was politically motivated.

Obama has hammered the GOP on corruption in Washington and even employed the football team line before in a rally in Wisconsin two weeks ago. He repeated it again Sunday at a rally in Chicago and employed it twice last Friday.

Tags 2018 midterms Blue wave Chris Collins Corruption Donald Trump Duncan Hunter Indictments Joe Donnelly Paul Manafort President Obama President Trump Red wave Robert Mueller Special Counsel Robert Mueller

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