The Republican Party is in danger of losing control of Congress in 2020 and the GOP’s future is in jeopardy, according to two prominent Republican strategists.
The two former members of the Republican National Committee have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, urging him to hold hearings into the Russia investigation and take action to prevent a Democratic-controlled Senate from blocking Trump’s nominees.
The letter, penned by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and RNC Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short, argues that the GOP needs to act now to protect the future of the party.
“There is no alternative to holding hearings and holding public hearings, both to investigate the allegations and to ensure that no nominee is confirmed without an independent, bipartisan, and impartial investigation,” the letter said.
“We must not let the Republican Senate become the next ‘RussiaGate’ or ‘Russia collusion’ committee.”
Trump is already facing calls from some Republicans to take action, saying there is “nothing to hide.”
The White House said Monday that it would “review the letter and take appropriate action” if any of the signatories do not follow through.
The GOP is currently controlled by Republicans in the House of Representatives.
The party has not been in a position to hold a vote on a president’s nominee.
House said it would be “appropriate” to “take action” on a GOP request to hold Senate hearings on the Russia probe if the request is approved.
The Republican letter is signed by Priebus, Short and Republican strategist Rick Wilson, as well as Republican consultant David McIntosh, a former RNC staffer and the founder of the conservative advocacy group American Future Fund.
It was first reported by Politico.
Priebus said he believes the GOP is in a “very difficult position.”
Priebus said it is “extremely important that we hold hearings and hold public hearings to investigate this very serious matter.”
He said the Republican party needs to “move on from this in an orderly fashion.”
Priebus added that the Republican leadership needs to make sure that Democrats don’t have the “power and the opportunity” to block a president from being confirmed, and that they can’t “sow the seeds of doubt.”
Priebus also urged McConnell to hold the hearings, noting that they “are not just the only way to get to the truth, they are the only one that would actually produce real results.”
Trump has repeatedly called for the investigation to be reopened.
He also has repeatedly dismissed the idea that there is any collusion between his campaign and the Russians.
The Democrats have also called for hearings, and Republicans have rejected the idea.