James Clapper: Comey Firing ‘Another Win for Russia’
It really was. They literally were in the Oval Office arms clasped with Donald Trump the morning after. I guess this is what Getting along better with Russia as Trump euphemistically calls it looks like.
James Clapper put to rest the creative fiction that he said Russia collusion didn’t happen yesterday-as Trump and his GOP flaks in Congress have claimed. He also talked about how the Comey firing was a big win for Russia:
“President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey is “another victory on the scoreboard” for a Russian government that has put the institutions of the U.S. government “under assault,” former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Sunday.”
“Trump’s dismissal of Comey amid the bureau’s investigation into Russian interference into last year’s presidential election and the possibility of collusion between Trump associates and the Kremlin raised alarm in Washington and beyond, but Clapper said the move would be celebrated in Moscow.”
Again, they celebrated it the morning after with Donald Trump in the Oval Office.
“Their first objective was to sow doubt, discord and dissension in this country. And the Russians have to be celebrating with a minimal expenditure of resources in what they have accomplished,” he told ABC’s “This Week,” one of two Sunday morning political talk shows on which he appeared.
“The lead of the investigation about potential collusion and Russia and the Trump campaign has been removed. So the Russians have to consider this as another victory on the scoreboard for them.”
Further, Clapper told CNN’s “State of the Union,” the firing represents an “assault” on the institutions of government that Russia’s campaign of cyberattacks targeted during the 2016 presidential race.”
I love the way Clapper answered this question:
“In many ways, our institutions are under assault, both externally — and that’s the big news here, is the Russian interference in our election system. And I think as well our institutions are under assault internally,” Clapper said.
“Internally from the president?” CNN anchor Jake Tapper followed up.
Clapper also touched on the ‘pattern of dead Russians’ following Russian interference.
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) May 14, 2017
Oregon Senator Wyden also talks about ‘following the Russian money and the trail of dead Russians.’
There have been many returns on their investment for Russia. The chaos in Washington is another one:
Russia has yet to collect much of what it hoped for from the Trump administration, including the lifting of U.S. sanctions and recognition of its annexation of Crimea.”
It did secure the firing of Comey and Putin even got to lecture Americans that Trump is empowered within the US Constitution to fire him.
But the Kremlin has collected a different return on its effort to help elect Trump in last year’s election: chaos in Washington.
“The president’s decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey last weekwas the latest destabilizing jolt to a core institution of the U.S. government. The nation’s top law enforcement agency joined a list of entities that Trump has targeted, including federal judges, U.S. spy services, news organizations and military alliances.”
“The instability, although driven by Trump, has in some ways extended and amplified the effect Russia sought to achieve with its unprecedented campaign to undermine the 2016 presidential race.”
“In a declassified report released this year, U.S. spy agencies described destabilization as one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s objectives.”
“The Kremlin sought to advance its longstanding desire to undermine the U.S.-led liberal democratic order,” it said.
But that the GOP continues to tolerate this-that both Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell play this bland game of see no evil, hear no evil shows that-the GOP has become the party of treason.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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