FBI TRIAL BALLOON — ANOTHER NAME bouncing around for FBI director, from a smart Republican: Washington State Rep. Dave Reichert. Reichert has been in Congress for 13 years, but before was the sheriff of King County, Washington. Also being chattered about: Chris Christie, Kelly Ayotte, former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers. REMEMBER: This selection needs to be someone who can glide through the Senate, appear independent to lawmakers, but convince Trump he is a loyal soldier.
As any close reader of this news blog would know, there are few members of congress more spineless, more malleable, more capable of "gliding through the Senate" and "convincing Trump that he's a loyal soldier" than this seventh-term congressman from Washington state's 8th district.
His favorite things include taking party line votes in committee under orders from leadership and then hiding from his own constituents so he doesn't have to answer for his votes.
But his ultra-mega favorite thing is reminding reporters that he served as King County Sheriff and worked on the investigative team that captured the Green River killer. (He even wrote a book about it!) Those are the only lines on his resume that could recommend him for the position, and he points to them as often as he possibly can.
Though he often references his past as a hard-nosed detective (and a victim of stabbings) in interviews, Reichert was actually "more of an impediment to the investigation" than its hero, according to Frank Atchley, a supervisor of Reichert's during the 1980s.
For more evidence that Reichert is nothing but a fragile opportunist, feel free to browse our list below. Pay special attention to the last entry about his readiness to vote along party lines. “When the leadership comes to me and says, ‘Dave, we need you to take a vote over here because we want to protect you and keep this majority,’ I... I do it," he once said in a speech.
Every time Reichert takes a party line vote that hurts his constituents or introduces needless legislation or does anything at all, we’ll add it to the list.
• This month, he voted against the latest version of Trumpcare, but only after it became clear the Republicans in the U.S. House had the votes to pass it
• On March 9, he voted for the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
• A week later, after a Congressional Budget Office analysis found the plan could leave 24 million people across the country without insurance by 2026, he defended it.
• Before that, Reichert made misleading statements about threats posed by his own constituents.
• Recently, he voted for the SCRUB act, which creates a regulatory committee to identify and eliminate regulations that don’t directly increase the GDP. The committee’s goals align with White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon’s plan to “deconstruct the administrative state,” but the irony of commissioning a regulatory agency to cut back on regulations is lost on no one, especially not tax payers who are being charged $30 million for the favor.
• Reichert twice voted against forcing Trump to show Congress his tax returns (once in committee and once in a roll call vote), which may illuminate conflicts of interest and business ties with Russia.
• Reichert was the only Washington Republican who voted to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics.
• In 2014, he proposed a bill that would ban welfare recipients from using benefits to buy weed, despite the fact that such purchases were already illegal.
• In 2010, he voted to maintain “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”
• That same year, Reichert suffered significant brain trauma when a tree branch fell on his head. The resulting hand-sized blood clot that formed in his brain went untreated for two months.
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