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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 04:23 PM

Pelosi: REMINDER: "McConnell ran interference for Trump during the [2016] campaign to stop Obama fro




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REMINDER: "McConnell ran interference for Trump during the [2016] campaign to stop Obama from warning the country about things Trump was lying publicly about." #FlashbackFriday





The Rachel Maddow Show / The MaddowBlog

Does McConnell regret doing nothing about the Russian attack?


http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/does-mcconnell-regret-doing-nothing-about-the-russian-attack
07/12/17 10:01 AM


By Steve Benen

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appears principally focused on passing a regressive health care plan this summer, but with the Russia scandal intensifying, NBC News’ Kasie Hunt asked the Kentucky Republican a good question yesterday.

HUNT: Mr. Leader, you were briefed on this intelligence report surrounding Russian meddling back in the fall before the election. And there was a decision not to put that out in public. Now there are emails that show that Donald Trump Jr. was aware that this may have been damaging information from the Russian government. Do you regret your course of action?

MCCONNELL: What I have a lot of confidence in is the Intelligence Committee handling this whole investigation. Senator Burr and Senator Warner have ball control, and we’ll hear from them later.

There is no meaningful relationship between the question and the answer – the Intelligence Committee’s investigation is unrelated to McConnell’s personal culpability – but I’m glad Kasie asked anyway because I continue to believe this angle to the story is underappreciated.

As The New Republic’s Brian Beutler noted yesterday, “McConnell ran interference for Trump during the campaign to stop Obama from warning the country about things Trump was lying publicly about.”


That’s true. As we discussed last month, the Obama White House, swayed by the evidence compiled by U.S. intelligence agencies, wanted bipartisan support to pushback against Russian intrusion, and in mid-September, the then-president dispatched counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco, then-FBI Director James Comey, and then-Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to brief top members of Congress.............................................

McConnell seems reluctant to reflect on this now, but he still owes the public an explanation.

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Reply Pelosi: REMINDER: "McConnell ran interference for Trump during the [2016] campaign to stop Obama fro (Original post)
riversedge Apr 2019 OP
spanone Apr 2019 #1
PeeJ52 Apr 2019 #2
riversedge Apr 2019 #32
elleng Apr 2019 #3
malaise Apr 2019 #4
Blecht Apr 2019 #5
pangaia Apr 2019 #16
JudyM Apr 2019 #22
uponit7771 Apr 2019 #6
Miigwech Apr 2019 #7
DeminPennswoods Apr 2019 #8
pangaia Apr 2019 #17
BSdetect Apr 2019 #9
JAD Apr 2019 #10
deurbano Apr 2019 #11
bluecollar2 Apr 2019 #24
JAD Apr 2019 #31
bluecollar2 Apr 2019 #41
Pepsidog Apr 2019 #12
DeminPennswoods Apr 2019 #19
Pepsidog Apr 2019 #21
stopdiggin Apr 2019 #30
DeminPennswoods Apr 2019 #35
red dog 1 Apr 2019 #37
Pepsidog Apr 2019 #43
dustyscamp Apr 2019 #42
Kurt V. Apr 2019 #13
Honeycombe8 Apr 2019 #14
pangaia Apr 2019 #18
Honeycombe8 Apr 2019 #20
Mr. Evil Apr 2019 #15
MadDAsHell Apr 2019 #23
Name removed Apr 2019 #25
Eliot Rosewater Apr 2019 #26
RVN VET71 Apr 2019 #34
Eliot Rosewater Apr 2019 #40
kozar Apr 2019 #27
empedocles Apr 2019 #28
Irishxs Apr 2019 #29
BigmanPigman Apr 2019 #33
lastlib Apr 2019 #36
red dog 1 Apr 2019 #38
cstanleytech Apr 2019 #39
myohmy2 Apr 2019 #44

Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 04:24 PM

1. Thank you Speaker Pelosi

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 04:26 PM

2. Whoa!!! Bring it out Nancy!!! Hardball!!!

 

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Response to PeeJ52 (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 01:23 PM

32. Wish she would speak out more but she also has to try to work with the jerk!

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 04:28 PM

3. He owes the public more than an 'explanation,'

he owes us his JOB.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 04:29 PM

4. Remind them Sister Nancy - What a Bam Bam!

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 04:32 PM

5. She is SO on top of things

I never knew how good Pelosi was until recently.

How she has handled things since becoming Speaker has been amazing in January.

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Response to Blecht (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 07:21 PM

16. You know what I find to be true, is that she shouldn't HAVE to be looked at

and complimented for being so good.
That is her job. And maybe it is not so much that she is so good (although she is), but that so many others are so bad at what they SHOULD be doing.

There are just so many pussy footers, ALL republicans and some dems, of course, that it makes anybody who does the right thing look like a hero.

EVERY democrat should be out doing, in their own way, what she and not enough others are doing.

In other words HELP HER......... and US!!!!!!!!

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Response to pangaia (Reply #16)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 08:37 AM

22. Yep, content to suck at the public teat and become more "important" by doling out benefits to those

they choose... that’s what they do, they don’t help “the people” they help themselves.

Good for Nancy to call it out but all this needs to be broadcast as the corrupt travesty that it is. “For the people” has become an afterthought for too many congresscritters.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 04:33 PM

6. K&R,

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 04:34 PM

7. Kick his bony ass around the ring

of trump's circus. mitch is so guilty of "internationalist politics." These folks don't care about America. Old ass has been around to long.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 04:38 PM

8. Think this might be a coordinated strategy

Heard Schiff on MSNBC also putting the onus on Rs to be Americans before partisans.

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #8)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 07:23 PM

17. Well, as I've been saying for so long (Heh Heh, smart me, eh)



It's the fucking traitorous republicans fault !!!!!!!!!


Why is this so complicated to understand???

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 05:49 PM

9. Why was he not interviewed by Mueller? He blocked Garland because he was in on the election fraud.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 06:34 PM

10. Would the Press PLEASE.....

write about and play the recording of Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ryan, and other Repub. members of the House discussing the fact trump was being paid by Putin.. This discussion occurred before the Republican convention.

NOW IS THE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to JAD (Reply #10)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 06:41 PM

11. I know! Memories are so short!

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Response to JAD (Reply #10)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 09:28 AM

24. Maybe Ryan should be called to testify....n/t

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Response to bluecollar2 (Reply #24)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 01:21 PM

31. Absolutely Ryan should be called to testify

Ryan didn't go to the FBI when he found out trump was being paid by Putin.

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Response to JAD (Reply #31)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 07:18 PM

41. Suspicious how he walked away ...

Or should I say slunk away...

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 06:48 PM

12. My 22 year old idiot son told me Obama was at fault for not doing anything about Russian

election interference. This must be the latest Republican propaganda spreading on FB. I should say my son isn’t a total idiot because he voted for Andy Kim to help unseat Tom MacArthur in my congressional district. But like many his age this Trump is a macho, great business man who speaks his mind and Dems are wimps is prevalent bullshit the see all day on FB. I told him Obama tried to do something and took some action but McConnell threatened to scream foul ball if he did. Obama should have done more but who in the world would think this piece of shit Trump would win.

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Response to Pepsidog (Reply #12)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 07:39 PM

19. As President, Obama had a big microphone

He didn't use it. Once his effort at a bi-partisan statement was rebuffed by McConnell, he had every right to ask for national broadcast time for an Oval Office address telling Americans that Russia was attacking our democracy.

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #19)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 08:32 PM

21. Yes he did. Shame he didn't use that microphone

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #19)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 12:36 PM

30. blaming Obama?

So now we're blaming Obama here on DU?

Read the damned piece! Obama went to Congress asking for a bi-partisan front against the Russian efforts. Something that one would expect the flag waving GOP would be able to support even during an election season. After being rejected in those bi-partisan efforts (read here MCCONNEL !!), Obama was hesitant to push a purely partisan message out during a presidential campaign. (That incidentally everyone thought would go to a Democrat)

This has all been thoroughly explained. And Obama's rationale and political instincts were entirely correct. Anything other is purely Monday morning quarterbacking, plain and simple.

Many things look different now. But remember, Donald Trump as president of the United States was virtually unthinkable in 2016. That's the simple truth. And now ...

But for God's sake. Obama should have done this, and should have done that? Come on!

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Response to stopdiggin (Reply #30)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 01:54 PM

35. No, just pointing out there were other

hard-nosed options that Obama had, but didn't exercise probably because his nature is concilliatory.

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #35)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 02:47 PM

37. + 1

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #35)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 09:51 PM

43. I love Obama and we at DU know why Obama didn't call out Russian interference in the election.

But let the past guide us. A panelist of AM Joy brought up Merrick Garland and how we Dems play by the rules. No more. We fight the battle in front of us like the panelist said.

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Response to Pepsidog (Reply #12)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 09:34 PM

42. A lot of young adults want to see the world burn

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 07:06 PM

13. Imagine a world where pols can't be touched

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 07:15 PM

14. Yep. I'm seeing snippets that Repubs are trying to blame Obama for the Russia interference.

They love to blame Obama for everything.

Obama had a private talk w/Putin. Did no good. Tried to make a bipartisan announcement to the public, to put us on notice. Democrats were on board, but not McConnell. Finally, Obama expelled Russia's diplomats from the U.S., and instituted some sanctions.

Also, our intel notified states that Russia was trying to hack their election systems, and if they wanted assistance in countering those hacks, the fed would help. Not one of those states asked for any help or, that I know of, did anything to protect their election systems. Those are STATE election systems. The fed doesn't have authority over state election systems.

And come on...is it Obama's fault that there were thousands of Russian trolls on FB and Twitter, and that Repubs were stupid enough to fall for them? Our intel has been working with the social media sites for some time to identify and pull those trollsters, but there are thousands of them. And new ones keep appearing.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #14)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 07:25 PM

18. Good post...



Letter to the editor time.

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Response to pangaia (Reply #18)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 07:39 PM

20. Thanks....

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 07:17 PM

15. "... but he still owes the public an explanation."

An explanation that we'll never get. He's complicit and compromised. I've never known any criminal that was in much of a hurry to convict himself in the court of public opinion much less in a court of law. He's a Russian now.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 08:53 AM

23. I for one WAS extremely disappointed that President Obama's administration let this happen.

 

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He is the greatest President of my lifetime, but politicizing the Russia issue in 2012 and the entire party at that time making fun of the idea that Russia was some kind of a threat, then meant that President Obama's hands were completely tied in 2016 to stop the election interference. He couldn't possibly call out Russia's actions just a short time after telling the world it was backwards thinking to care about Russia. It won us the election, but 2012 was extremely shortsighted in my opinion. I get that for political reasons we had to deny Romney's assertions, but once the election was over we should have been all over this.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 10:22 AM

26. Belongs in prison but he will never go, the kid down the street with a joint, that is a different

story

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #26)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 01:46 PM

34. The black kid down the street, you mean.

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Response to RVN VET71 (Reply #34)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 06:52 PM

40. usually

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 10:38 AM

27. it kind of

throws a whole new light on McTurtle's answer now that we know of senator Burr today,,,doesn't it?


Koz

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 10:39 AM

28. If the investigations and indictments get deep enough for Rico, conspiracy law,

then aiding, abetting, etc. suffice to be caught in the web.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 10:51 AM

29. Greed and power are powerful motivation, mr mcconnell.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 01:37 PM

33. I see from these posts that the Russian bots are all over

social media as expected (of course they never left). This is what they do...try to divide and conquer us. DON'T FALL FOR IT. Stay away from social media's pro-Russian bait.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 02:02 PM

36. Sure, MConnell "regrets" it--all the way to the bank......!

So, tell us, Mitch--what's the going exchange rate for rubles to dollars??

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 02:55 PM

38. McConnell has to go....period!

The only way to replace him as Senate Majority Leader is for the Democrats to win back the Senate next year.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 04:08 PM

39. Well no shit, tell us something we did not know 2+ years ago.

Hopefully if there is an afterlife Mitch will be held accountable and maybe be reincarnated as a toad as he has plenty of experience at being one currently.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 10:10 PM

44. the whole...

...stinkin' republican party is nothing but scum...traitors, each and every one...

...how can any self-respecting thinking American vote republican?...I have a daughter that married and turned republican...I thought I knew her...I thought I knew republicans and the republican mindset...I don't

...the entire lot are destructive evil son's of bitches...

...I give up...

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