Chuck Schumer: The President is in Trouble
As I discussed in an earlier piece on Trump’s wild accusations about President Obama, he’s going to want that one back.
It’s not hard to see what Trump was trying to do: it was his usual tactic of a diversionary reverse accusation. You accuse me of being a crook I respond that you’re a crook. You say I didn’t pay my taxes I say you didn’t pay your taxes. You say I colluded with Putin I say you colluded with Putin.
What it does is divert and muddy the waters so that casual observers don’t know what to believe. Indeed, as Hannah Arednt told us one of the elements of totalitarianism is that no one believes anything.
But Trump has bit off more than he can chew here. If what he said is true then we know that he’s being investigated by the FBI and they got a FISA warrant. This is something Louis Mensch has asserted for a number of months.
Warrant was for server located in Trump Tower. Not a coincidence. See manafort hack and email servers contained therein.
— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) March 5, 2017
Yes it was a full FISA warrant. Yes it was for any US person. Yes it was for Alfa Bank server. Yes covered money laundering AND… pic.twitter.com/soclq9Ucsn
— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) March 5, 2017
Senator Chuck Schumer:
Chuck Schumer has a blunt assessment of Donald Trump’s accusation that Barack Obama tapped his phones last fall: “The president is in trouble.”
“The Senate minority leader said Sunday morning that President Trump’s Saturday morning allegations about former President Obama will be damaging to Trump’s presidency whether they are true or not and that “the president makes it worse with these tweets.”
“If he falsely spread this kind of misinformation, that is so wrong. It’s beneath the dignity of the presidency … it shows this president doesn’t know how to conduct himself,” Schumer told “Meet the Press.” “If it’s true, it’s even worse for the president. Because that means that a federal judge, independently elected, has found probable cause that the president, or people on his staff … have probable cause to have broken the law or to have interacted with a foreign agent.”
Again, it was just Trump’s usual diversionary tactic but he bit off a lot more than he’s equipped to chew:
This is hilarious. Because of impulsive tweet, Trump's team now has to argue that there IS a FISA order, meaning probable cause. https://t.co/IYErEwlwEJ
— Andrea (@AndreaE_Tweets) March 5, 2017
Maybe this is why Trump’s buddy Roger Stone got so cagey yesterday.
He sees that Trump just made things a lot hotter for the both of them.
So tired of this Russian BS https://t.co/ANw9IxsXFl
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) March 4, 2017
Tired of it? Mr. Stone, we’re just getting started.
Roger Stone last week to his buddies at the DailyMail, the same outfit that broke the story that Weiner allegedly sexted an underage girl:
Roger Stone echoes Trump’ condemnation of Russia allegations as a ‘witch hunt’ – and DENIES he knew Wikileaks was going to publish hacked Clinton campaign emails
He denies it now. Here’s what he said on CSPAN in August, 2016:
“Trump Dirty Trickster Roger Stone: How ‘Hero’ Assange Could Help Our Campaign.”
“The conspiracist reveals he’s been in touch with the WikiLeaks founder regarding Clinton emails—and when to dump them on the media.”
“On the C-SPAN show, Stone told Politico’s Alex Isenstadt of his communication to Assange “through an intermediary—somebody who is a mutual friend”—regarding the 30,000 emails the Clinton staff deleted before turning over the contents of the server to Justice Department investigators. (Clinton maintains that only emails of a personal nature were deleted.) Asked to corroborate Assange’s threat of “an October surprise” to stem from that trove, Stone offered a suggestion he clearly deemed to be more helpful to the Trump campaign.”
“Well, first of all, I think Julian Assange is a hero; I think he’s taking on the deep state, both Republican and Democrat,” Stone began. He went on to say, “I believe that he is in possession of all of those emails that Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, the Clinton aides, believe they deleted. That and a lot more. These are like the Watergate tapes…”
When people talk about Stone and Assange it’s usually in regard to the Podesta emails that Stone somehow anticipated in August. But here he’s talking about the 30,000 emails from the server HRC didn’t public.
Think about the implications. It looks like he was trying to fulfill Trump’s July 28 request for Russia to hack the emails. It’s also potentially very damning for Assange to boot. Yes, he’s already in some trouble.
But as part of his plea agreement way back in the early 1990s when he was charged as a teenage hacker was that he never engage in hacking again. Here Stone was asking him to do his own jack job. So the heat is up for Trump and Stone but increasing potentially even for Assange.
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