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Why Trump has denied Russian interference

Trump has insisted, again and again, that not only was there "no collusion," but there was no Russian interference in the election. Clearly, he thought any hint of interference would diminish his "victory."

Now, of course, he's crowing because the Mueller report supposedly "exonerates" him. But that report says something quite different. From the Washington Post:

The special counsel’s report on possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russians to interfere in the 2016 election is extremely detailed with only modest redactions — painting a far less flattering picture for Trump than the attorney general has offered and revealing new details about interactions between Russians and Trump associates. Mueller’s team wrote that though their investigation “did not establish that the Trump Campaign coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” that assertion was informed by the fact that coordination requires more than two parties “taking actions that were informed by or responsive to the other’s actions or interests.”

And Mueller made abundantly clear: Russia wanted to help the Trump campaign, and the Trump campaign was willing to take it.

“Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” Mueller’s team wrote.
Washington Post

I haven't yet read the report, but it looks like Mueller's conclusions were a lot more nuanced, and much less exculpatory, than Barr's stunt today acting as Trump's personal attorney indicated.

"Russia wanted to help the Trump campaign, and the Trump campaign was willing to take it." There we have it.
Posted by NastyRiffraff | Thu Apr 18, 2019, 12:17 PM (3 replies)

Some good news about Notre Dame Cathedral.

A French firefighter official told reporters the main structure of the cathedral has been saved and the two iconic main towers are intact and have been saved as well.
ABC News

The headline seems misleading, it's live updates on the fire.
Posted by NastyRiffraff | Mon Apr 15, 2019, 05:43 PM (1 replies)

Trump has no public events on Monday

It seems he won't be taking part in any MLK celebrations.
Posted by NastyRiffraff | Sun Jan 20, 2019, 11:16 PM (16 replies)

Auntie Maxine. WOW!

Posted by NastyRiffraff | Mon Jan 14, 2019, 02:08 AM (18 replies)

I didn't know there was a Pearl Harbor conspiracy theory

But here it is, and as expected, breathtakingly stupid, so stupid that the wrong year is a minor mistake in contrast:

Posted by NastyRiffraff | Mon Dec 31, 2018, 10:38 PM (42 replies)

"Time for an intervention"


People, time for an intervention. This guy has nukes.
Posted by NastyRiffraff | Mon Dec 24, 2018, 06:02 PM (23 replies)

You will not get a wall of brick...

You will not get a wall of brick
You will not get it 🍄 dick
You will not get a wall of glass
No wall for you, fat orange ass
No wall of Artisan Steel Slats
No wall from D-U-I Matt Gaetz
No wall for you, you epic fail
Except the four walls of a jail.
Posted by NastyRiffraff | Fri Dec 21, 2018, 07:05 PM (2 replies)

"Guys, guys, calm down"


Guys guys guys, calm down.

Susan Collins is Concerned.

Bob Corker is Troubled.

Ben Sasse will send out a press release.

Jeff Flake will be on the news sharing his disappointment.

And Marco is going to lay down one hell of a bible verse any minute.

(We’re all going to die.)
Posted by NastyRiffraff | Fri Dec 21, 2018, 03:59 PM (11 replies)

The Good Doctor Winter Finale WTF!!??

The can't leave me like this!! Will Dr. Lim live? Why did Shaun pass out in the quarantine area?

We have to wait until Jan. 14. That's just cruel!
Posted by NastyRiffraff | Tue Dec 4, 2018, 08:52 PM (3 replies)

Trump finally tweets about the charitable foundation


Well, one of them.
Posted by NastyRiffraff | Sun Nov 25, 2018, 05:37 PM (5 replies)
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