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Wed May 31, 2017, 08:39 AM

 

Trump defends Carter Page, whom he is not supposed to know. rachel-maddow-blog


By Steve Benen
Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal reported that “a team of lawyers” may soon review Donald Trump’s social-media missives as the White House tries to grapple with the Russia scandal.

If that was the plan, it doesn’t appear to be going well. This morning, for example, the president published some tweets about the controversy that didn’t do Trump World any favors:

“So now it is reported that the Democrats, who have excoriated Carter Page about Russia, don’t want him to testify. He blows away their case against him & now wants to clear his name by showing ‘the false or misleading testimony by James Comey, John Brennan…’ Witch Hunt!”

Trump was apparently watching a Fox News segment this morning, which led to this little outburst.

And that’s a shame, because the president’s tweets are problematic for a variety of reasons.

For example, Trump, apparently quoting a letter Page sent to lawmakers seemed to argue this morning that the former directors of the FBI and the CIA delivered “false or misleading testimony” while under oath. That’s a pretty dangerous thing for a president to allege publicly without any evidence.

What’s more, Trump’s tweet follows Page’s claim that his interview with the House Intelligence Committee has been delayed, but it’s unclear if that interview had ever been scheduled in the first place.

But perhaps the most salient detail is Trump’s insistence that Carter Page has information that “blows away” the Democrats’ “case against him” in the Russia scandal. This, of course, leads to an awkward question: how exactly would the president know that?


A year ago, during the presidential campaign, Trump personally singled out Page, by name, as one of only a handful of people who were advising him on matters of foreign policy. That became highly problematic: the FBI has investigated Page as a possible agent of Russia.

The more controversial Page became, the more eager Team Trump became to put distance between Page and the president. Sean Spicer told reporters during the transition period, for example, “Carter Page is an individual whom [Trump] does not know.” The Washington Post added this morning people close to the president have insisted that Trump and Page “never met.”



http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-defends-carter-page-whom-he-not-supposed-know

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Reply Trump defends Carter Page, whom he is not supposed to know. rachel-maddow-blog (Original post)
Madam45for2923 May 2017 OP
BumRushDaShow May 2017 #1
Motley13 May 2017 #2
Madam45for2923 May 2017 #3
justiceischeap May 2017 #4

Response to Madam45for2923 (Original post)

Wed May 31, 2017, 08:46 AM

1. Here is the Washington Post article

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Response to Madam45for2923 (Original post)

Wed May 31, 2017, 09:45 AM

2. excoriated ??????


That is not a dolt 45 word, it is over 3 syllables, and he certainly can't spell it.

Who is writing his tweets?


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Response to Motley13 (Reply #2)

Wed May 31, 2017, 09:51 AM

3. friendly bed-side lawyer?

 

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Response to Motley13 (Reply #2)

Wed May 31, 2017, 09:54 AM

4. Has anyone actually seen Chump today?

Are we certain he didn't stroke out at 12:06am?

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