Well, this didn’t take long. Before Republican Senator-elect Josh Hawley even gets to Washington D.C. to represent the people of Missouri, he is already under investigation:
The Missouri Secretary of State’s office will investigate allegations that incoming Sen. Josh Hawley improperly tapped state resources to boost his public profile ahead of his campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
The investigation does not appear to be politically motivated, as the Missouri Secretary of State is himself a Republican. No, it appears to be legally motivated. Because on becoming Missouri’s Attorney General, Josh Hawley appears to have immediately thought the number one priority for that job was not to work for the State of Missouri, but instead to work for himself and his political career:
Within days of Hawley becoming the state attorney general, two political consultants based in Washington began instructing his taxpayer-paid staff on how to shape his image ahead of a campaign for the Senate, according to a Kansas City Star report shortly before Election Day.
According to the Star’s report, the Republican operatives met with the attorney general’s office staff at the state Supreme Court building during work hours, leaving some staffers confused about whether they should report to their own chief-of-staff or Hawley’s burgeoning campaign team, according to the paper.
This is, of course, nothing new for a Republican politician, nor a Missouri Republican for that matter. The former Republican Governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens, was forced to resign in May of this year due to multiple scandals:
Mr. Greitens’s public problems began in January with his admission of an extramarital affair. He and his wife, Sheena, described the situation as a “deeply personal mistake” in a joint statement, adding: “Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this together honestly and privately.” But in the months that followed, the scandal only grew, even as Mr. Greitens tried to move past it, making statements on tax cuts and funds to produce biodiesel.
The governor’s former hairdresser described an alarming sexual encounter, in which she said that he had taken a photo and threatened to share it if she told anyone about them. All the while, questions began to emerge about whether he had used the veterans’ charity list to help his political campaign in 2016.
Mr. Greitens’s resignation ends the need for an impeachment process. But it is unclear whether his criminal problems are over. The prosecutor in Jackson County, which includes much of Kansas City, is still investigating him and could refile an invasion-of-privacy charge that was dropped earlier this month, stemming from the hairdresser’s accusation that Mr. Greitens had taken an explicit photo.
In addition, the governor faces one felony charge: tampering with computer data, in connection to misuse of the donor list. A lawyer for Mr. Greitens has called the charge “absurd.”
Then you have the recent indictments of two re-elected GOP Congressmen, like Chris Collins from New York:
In a dramatic scene described in court papers, Mr. Collins, 68, was attending the clubby annual picnic at the White House on June 22, 2017, when he received an email from the company’s chief executive, Simon Wilkinson, saying there was “extremely bad news to report”: Innate Immunotherapeutics’s all-important clinical test for its new drug, MIS416, had failed.
Fifteen minutes later, still at the picnic, Mr. Collins answered Mr. Wilkinson, prosecutors said. “Wow. Makes no sense. How are these results even possible???” he wrote. Over the next five minutes, phone records included in the indictment show, Mr. Collins called his son, missing him six times before they had a brief conversation. Prosecutors claim that in that conversation he told his son about the unsuccessful drug trial.
The following morning, the indictment said, Cameron Collins placed an online order with his brokerage firm, selling more than 16,500 shares of Innate Immunotherapeutics stock. Over the next few days, Mr. Collins, 25, placed 53 more sell orders and passed the tip to others, including his fiancée, Lauren Zarsky, and Ms. Zarsky’s father, Stephen Zarsky, 66.
And Duncan Hunter from California:
Representative Duncan Hunter, Republican of California, and his wife, Margaret Hunter, were indicted on Tuesday, accused of spending more than $250,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses — including a vacation to Italy, family dental bills and plane tickets for a pet — and then lying to the Federal Election Commission.
Of course, Donald Trump is almost in a league of his own, as his administration has been plagued by a record number of scandals that need not be mentioned here.
All in all, there seems to be a problem within the Republican party that has been growing of late: many just don’t seem to think the law applies to them.