The ‘Lock Her Up’ Crowd Now Defends Trump’s Giving Classified Info to the Russians
Just in case you had any lingering doubt that Emailgate was a phony issue.
Many people who chanted "Lock Her Up!" over Clinton's e-mails will now defend Trump giving classified information directly to the Russians.
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) May 16, 2017
True-now we hear John McCain saying Not great but it is legal.’
This is probably being said by many right now-but can you imagine if Hillary had leaked classified Intel to Russians? There'd be lynch mobs.
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) May 16, 2017
Remember with Hillary all we had was speculation that her Blackberry with emails linked to a private server could have been hacked by the Russians or Chinese. Just the speculation that this could have happened was enough for the Lock her up crowd that included the Bernie Bros in Philly.
Comey had a very lengthy-and public-investigation of her email setup and saw no proof she was in fact hacked-unlike Mike Pence’s own private email back in Indiana. But that didn’t satisfy the Lock her up crowd nor Donald Trump who continues to insist in an ad hominem way that she should have been indicted despite any evidence.
Now fast forward to what Trump did last Thursday-and there’s no reason to think it’s the only time. He simply handed over classified info to Russia. So Hillary deserved to be locked up because classified info in her emails could have been though no evidence shows they were hacked by the Russians. But Trump actually hands it over to the Russian foreign minister-and Kisylak; enough said-and it’s Yes, but it’s perfectly legal.
Indeed, this is what Trump tweeted this morning.
“President Trump appeared to acknowledge Tuesday that he revealed highly classified information to Russia — a stunning confirmation of a Washington Post story and a move that contradicted his own White House team after it scrambled to deny the report.”
“Trump’s tweets tried to explain away the news, which emerged late Monday, that he had shared sensitive, “code-word” information with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during a White House meeting last week, a disclosure that intelligence officials warned could jeopardize a crucial intelligence source on the Islamic State.”
“Trump also described the meeting with Russians as “an openly scheduled” meeting at the White House. In fact, the gathering was closed to all U.S. media, although a photographer for the Russian state-owned news agency was allowed into the Oval Office, prompting national security concerns.”
“As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety,” Trump wrote Tuesday morning. “Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.”
Sure I shot that person on Broadway, but I’m Donald Trump and they let me do it.
So now mere legality makes it ok. When Nixon fired Archibald Cox it was also legal. Yet that was the first article of impeachment.
What Trump’s tweet also did was yet again step all over the message of his WH team. Devin McMaster is the latest to impugn his own integrity by covering for Herr Trump.
Just like Rod Rosenstein. I’ve made this point before but Nixon never went to jail but 48 of his flaks did. No wonder Spicer was hiding in the bushes.
“Trump’s trust problem.”
Senior administration officials have strained their credibility with the public with months of false, misleading or tortured statements.”
“President Donald Trump was accused of leaking highly classified information to Russian officials, and White House officials wanted to fiercely rebut the charges.”
“But when senior national security officials issued statements Monday night, including from behind a podium on the West Wing driveway, they spoke for an administration that has strained its credibility by issuing a series of false, misleading or tortured statements on far less important matters. And they spoke for a president who less than a week ago said publicly that his aides and surrogates can’t be expected to give accurate statements, because they don’t always know what’s going on.”
“This story is false,” said Dina Powell, a deputy national security adviser. “The story, as reported, is false,” said H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser, hedging his words.
“News outlets — including The New York Times and Reuters — confirmed the story reported by The Washington Post and published anyway, seemingly unconcerned about the denials, which came from two officials who have been respected in Washington for decades. The episode underscored Trump’s challenge after months of misstatements over far less consequential matters.”
“Their credibility is completely shattered. They’ve engaged in serial lying to the American people on issues big and small — beginning with the crowd size photos. It’s unprecedented for an administration, from the top on down, to embrace a strategy of deception and lying,” said Steve Schmidt, a Republican consultant and former campaign manager for John McCain.
“Even people who have built up reputations for integrity over a lifetime of public service, they risk squandering it in this administration,” Schmidt said.
If General McMaster (and others) have an ounce of integrity, they will resign. Any other step is just enabling this dysfunction.
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) May 16, 2017
And here’s the thing: they may lose more than their reputation at some point just like Nixon’s flaks.
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