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Republicans in Congress Say They're Working Hard to Hold Trump Accountable

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By    |   Wednesday, 19 Jul 2017 11:07 AM

Even as Democrats sound the alarm over President Donald Trump's relationship with Russia, most Republican lawmakers see the reaction as little more than partisan noise, The Atlantic is reporting.

But Republicans insist they are working to hold Trump accountable.

One GOP congressional aide expressed frustration when asked if there would ever come a time when Republicans turned against Trump, according to the magazine.

"What does that even mean?" he said. "What do you expect us to do? I hear this with every little Tweet (from Trump): 'Oh, when are Republicans going to put an end to this?' What do you want us to do, seize his Twitter account?

"When Trump does something we disagree with, we'll disagree with him. When Trump's interests align with ours, we'll work with him. That's the situation we're in."

And another Republican aide was concerned by criticism that GOP lawmakers were letting Trump off the hook regarding Russia by advancing his domestic legislative agenda.

"I don't understand that at all," the aide said. "Just because you criticize (Trump) on Russia, that doesn't mean you suddenly support Obamacare."

And for his part, Trump has tried to keep the peace. He had initially criticized the handful of Republicans who sided with Democrats in opposing the GOP healthcare plan, writing on Twitter:

But he later noted the four GOP senators who opposed the bill "were not disloyal" and "had their own reasons" for their stances, Politico reported.

Meanwhile, Democrats are being accused of "overplaying their hand" in their opposition to Trump, according to The Atlantic.

"This is going to be a long four years, could be a long eight years, and Democrats charging treason and pushing impeachment this early — there's certainly a sense that they're overplaying their hand, and they're doing so very quickly," said Doug Heye, a Capitol Hill veteran.

And he said Republican lawmakers are "rolling their eyes" at the righteous indignation of the president's critics, according to The Atlantic.

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