Putin Wants to Testify Before Congress?!
As Eric Garland says, this is if nothing else, some Olympic level trolling by Putin.
Translation: You morons let us in the Oval Office with recording equipment.
True or not, this is Olympic-level trolling. https://t.co/htrQds9hMq
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) May 17, 2017
Hey, we’re already through the looking glass, so why not?
Putin says Russia is ready to hand over records of Trump’s talks with Lavrov to U.S. lawmakers if White House approves.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin denied that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had relayed any secret intelligence provided by President Trump during a meeting at the White House last week. Putin said “political schizophrenia” had gripped the U.S.”
Putin says Russia has a transcript not a tape. But this sort of says it all, right? The new beyond the Looking Glass world where hyperbole is dead. I mean how do you overhype this?
This is why the anti anti Trumpers on the Right have such a hard job. I mean based on what we’ve seen and heard from Donald Trump explain to me how anything now seems farfetched or improbable? As for ‘conspiracy theories’ those are much more likely to be true regarding Herr Trump than any seemingly more ‘prosaic’ explanation.
Note what Putin said though: Lavorov didn’t relay any intelligence provided by Herr Trump during the meeting, not ‘Herr Trump provided no intelligence during the meeting.’
Remember when the Hollywood Access video came out? Lawrence O’Donnell-who better not be fired-made a perspicacious observation: Trump has done this before. He was talking about sexual assault. But we can safely apply this to so much of his conduct.
Like his attempt to end the Flynn investigation that Comey has now revealed. Hard to believe this is his only case of this sort of abuse of power that is arguably obstruction of justice-and so an impeachable offense as it was for Nixon.
And the same applies to ‘mishandling classified information’-when Trump promised to be so much better than ‘Crooked Hillary’ on this, that was a case when you didn’t have to ‘take him literally’-his apologists during the campaign were always telling us we made to much of what Trump said by ‘taking him literally not seriously.’
This is not the first time Trump has mishandled classified information. Not even close. And lo and behold, there is a new AP report:
“President Donald Trump’s disclosure of classified information to Russian officials isn’t the first time his team’s handling of secrets has raised alarm bells.
In the weeks before Trump took office, Obama administration officials were so concerned by the Trump transition team’s handling of classified documents that they moved swiftly to exert more control over the sensitive materials, according to two former U.S. officials.”
“The officials said transition officials removed classified materials from secure rooms and carried them between buildings in Washington without permission. Worried about keeping tabs on the highly sensitive material, the Obama administration officials set new limits on some classified information and explicitly barred Trump aides from viewing that material in their transition offices.”
Ok, so this was previously reported-amazing how each new shocking revelation comes to feel like old hat within days let alone weeks. But the AP is reporting some new details now-which are more germane than ever post the new bombshell about Trump showing sensitive intelligence to Russia-Sislyak no less.
“The Associated Press previously reported on Obama officials’ concerns about the transition team’s handling of classified material as the Trump team prepared to take the reins of government. The new details about their concerns come amid mounting questions about whether Trump himself has been careless with the nation’s secrets.”
“Trump last week shared highly classified information with senior Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting, putting at risk a source of intelligence on the Islamic State group, according to a current U.S. official. Trump has said he has a “right” to share information. White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said Trump’s actions were “wholly appropriate.”
“The White House did not respond to questions about the transition’s handling of classified material. The former U.S. officials requested anonymity in order to discuss the handling of classified information.”
“The Obama officials said the Trump national security transition team did not follow protocol. The transition team was allowed to request and view classified material in secure rooms both at their government-run offices in Washington and at the White House. But Obama administration officials soon learned that Trump’s aides were taking classified information out of the secure room at transition headquarters without approval.”
“One official said it appeared the transition aides were moving the information from the transition offices to the White House, a distance of just a few blocks. The Obama administration was not aware that the information was being brought to unsecure facilities or given to any third parties, but the officials said simply moving the documents without prior approval raised serious concerns.”
“Under the new policy implemented by the Obama administration, officials printed materials requested by the transition team at the White House and only allowed the documents to be viewed on site.”
“One U.S. official said the Obama administration was particularly concerned about the handling of documents related to the government’s contingency plans for crises. That official said the Obama administration also worried that Trump advisers may have been making copies of classified information, but it’s unclear whether the outgoing officials were able to verify those concerns.”
“The matter has opened Trump up to charges of hypocrisy. As a candidate, Trump repeatedly lambasted Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information while serving as secretary of state and vowed to put her in jail. He called her “grossly incompetent” and said her decision to transmit classified information on her personal email and private internet server disqualified her for the presidency.”
Charges of hypocrisy. Ya think? I mean the hypocrisy is so thick you almost choke on it.
A hypocrisy that the media itself-particularly the NY Times was complicit in as I chronicled yesterday evening.
Now NYT”s Ms. Maggie Haberman is bemused people think ‘A 70 year old man is going to change. He was called the leaker in chief during the campaign.’
Gee, Maggie, maybe you could have reported that then-taken a break from talking about how Hillary Clinton could not be trusted because of a private email server.
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