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ProgressNow indicts Colo. Republicans after Manafort, Cohen news

Author: Joey Bunch - August 22, 2018 - Updated: August 22, 2018

Trump GardnerThe liberal advocacy group ProgressNow provider reporters this screen grab showing Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner getting off Air Force One with President Trump Tuesday. (Via CNN)

Denver’s liberal swashbuckler Ian Silverii spoke of history, and he took no Colorado political prisoners Tuesday after the news broke that two associates of President Trump were at the mercy of the legal system.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s one-time chairman, was found guilty of eight felony bank and tax crimes, while the president’s former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations — paying off a mistress — that implicate the president.

Silverii called on Colorado’s seven-member delegation in D.C. to ensure special prosecutor Robert Mueller is allowed to continue his investigation.

Silverii is the executive director of ProgressNow, the state’s largest liberal advocacy organization, so it is likely he hopes this is good for Democrats in November.

“The investigation into wrongdoing by President Trump is reaching a critical moment, and there is grave danger now that Trump will take improper action to halt Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation,” he stated. “Michael Cohen is just the latest close Trump confidante to face criminal charges, a list that includes Trump’s former campaign adviser, campaign chair and national security advisor. Cohen has now reportedly personally implicated the president. The closer this investigation gets to Trump, the greater the danger that Trump will abuse his power to halt the investigation.”

He said Colorado’s GOP members in Congress have let Trump get away with threatening Mueller “for too long.”

ProgressNow served up a photograph of U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner exiting Air Force One with Trump Tuesday.

“Colorado Republicans helped create the vacuum of accountability that has allowed Trump to thrive, and now they are too afraid for their own careers to do what’s right for the country,” Silverii continued. “When history writes the story of the Trump administration, those who stood by and did nothing while this constitutional crisis unfolds will not be remembered fondly. It is past time for Colorado Republicans to set aside their broken party and do what’s right for America.”

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.