The New Trump WH Defense: No One IMPORTANT Coordinated With Russia
Paul Manafort? Never met him. Michael Flynn? He was just a volunteer who worked with us for a few weeks. This is how the goalposts are being moved:
6. White House seems to be setting itself up to argue that no one IMPORTANT on the campaign colluded with Russia https://t.co/t2iOBi5HNJ
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 20, 2017
“On Monday morning, FBI Director James Comey made it official — the Trump campaign’s ties with Russian officials are under investigation.”
“A few hours later, Press Secretary Sean Spicer tried to distance Trump from two members of his inner circle who lost their jobs after their close ties with Russia came to light — former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.”
During his press conference, a reporter asked Spicer, “Now that we know that there is an ongoing investigation by the FBI, does the president stand by his comments that he’s not aware of any contacts that his campaign associates had with Russia during the election?”
I don’t know Putin. I’ve had no contacts with Russia.
“Spicer replied that Trump does stand by the claims he, Vice President Mike Pence, and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus have all made, insisting that no Trump campaign officials were in contact with Russian operatives. But he then hedged his bets by suggesting that even if some campaign officials were in touch with Russian officials, they weren’t major players anyway.”
“Even General Flynn was a volunteer of the campaign, and then obviously there’s been this discussion of Paul Manafort who played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time,” Spicer said.
Very limited roll? He was only campaign manager for 5 almost 5 months. I don’t know Paul Manafort.
Spicer’s comment prompted ABC’s Jon Karl to blurt out, “But he’s the chairman of the campaign!” Indeed, Manafort was chairman of Trump’s campaign for key stretch last summer surrounding the Republican National Convention — a fact acknowledged at the time by Spicer himself.”
“Manafort left the Trump campaign in an official capacity in August amid reports Ukrainian authorities were investigating him for allegedly receiving $12.7 million in illegal payments from Ukraine’s former pro-Russia ruling party. That same month, another Trump confidante, Roger Stone, was exchanging direct messages on Twitter with Guccifer 2.0, an account the US intelligence community says was used as a front for hackers directed by the Russian government.”
“Flynn, meanwhile, was Trump’s most prominent military adviser during the campaign from February 2016 onward. Two months before he joined the campaign, Flynn was paid $33,750 to travel to Moscow for an event commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the Russia state-funded network RT, an outlet described in the unclassified intelligence report about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election as “the Kremlin’s principal international propaganda outlet.” During his remarks, Flynn blasted President Obama and said he didn’t know whether the 2013 sarin gas attack in Syria widely thought to have been the responsibility of the Russia-backed Assad regime was a “false flag.”
I don’t know Michael Flynn. He just led our ‘Lock her up’ chants, and was our NSC adviser for 24 days until we had to fire him over his lying about talking to Russia.
Just the other day we say that Carter Page was quoting Glenn Greenwald on ‘fake news..’
Maybe they got their new defense ‘Nobody important in the campaign coordinated with Russia’ from Greenwald:
It’s certainly possible to envision an indictment of a low-level operative like Carter Page, or the prosecution of someone like Paul Manafort on matters unrelated to hacking, but the silver bullet that Democrats have been led to expect will sink Trump appears further away than ever.”
Carter Page was low level? He was Trump’s foreign policy adviser at time of the convention and he was important enough for Igor Sechin-a Russian oligarch Obama sanctioned in 2014-to offer a 19% stake in Rosnet in exchange for a platform change on Ukraine which did happen.
But this is the Trump playbook-I’ve never heard of Carter Page. As for a matter related to hacking, Greenwald has evidently never heard of Roger Stone. What a coincidence-neither has Devin Nunes, if you believe him.
Nunes just told me he's never heard of Carter Page or Roger Stone. And he's in charge of the investigation?
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) March 20, 2017
So that’s where we are. There was no coordination with Russia to no one important coordinated with Russia.
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