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Friday, April 27, 2018

NO COLLUSION!


The classics never go out of style 
"You can ask President Putin about that. There's been nobody."

We have to start there, with a title like that, right?  But just to make the point that nothing the President says is true or can be trusted:

"(Michael Cohen) represents me -- like with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal he represented me."

That would be the case he didn't know anything about, including the payment?

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he did not know about a $130,000 payment made to the adult film actress Stormy Daniels for her silence, his first public acknowledgment of the scandal surrounding an alleged sexual affair that has plagued him for months.

"No," a terse Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One when questioned about his knowledge of the payment, which was made by his private attorney Michael Cohen in the month before the 2016 election.

And this follows, which I put here just because it's weird:

"But I'm not involved and I'm not involved -- and I've been told I'm not involved."

He's been told?  He doesn't know, but he's been told, but Cohen represented him in this matter in which he's not involved, because that's what he's been told?  Huh?

And then, of course, Comey:

He said he gave it to a friend, and he gave it to a friend to leak classified information. It's all classified. It was totally classified. So illegally — he did an illegal act, and he said it himself in order to get a special counsel against me. So the special counsel — and by the way, and Intelligence Committee and everybody else has found no collusion. There's no collusion with me and the Russians. Nobody's been tougher to Russia —

Oh, let's get the rest of it:

TRUMP: — than I am. You can ask President Putin about that. There's been nobody. Between the military and the oil and all of the other things that I've done — the aluminum tax. They send us a lot of aluminum, and I put tariffs on aluminum coming in. The 60 people that we sent out — the 60 so-called diplomats. Nobody's been tougher. Nobody's even been close to as tough as me, and we hear this nonsense. So there's no collusion whatsoever. Well, Comey — what he did, Brian, was terrible. He leaked classified information in order to try and get a special counsel —

DOOCY: He says it wasn’t classified, Mr. President. He says it wasn’t classified.

TRUMP: Oh, it's — well, it's totally classified. And he also leaked the memos, which are classified. Nobody unclassified them. And those memos were about me, and they're phony memos. He didn’t write those memos accurately. He put a lot of phony stuff. For instance, I went to Russia for a day or so — a day or two because I own the Miss Universe pageant. So, I went there to watch it, because it was near Moscow. So I go to Russia — now, I did go there — everybody knows. The locks are there, the planes are there. He said I didn’t stay there a night. Of course, I stayed there. I stayed there a very short period of time, but, of course, I stayed. Well, his memo said I left immediately. I never said that. I never said I left immediately. So he said — and you know, the funny thing, he does these memos and then fake news CNN, who's a total fake — you know, they give Hillary Clinton the questions to the debate, and nobody — can you imagine, by the way, if you gave me the questions to a debate? They would have you out of business —
Steve Doocy is right!

"He's just wrong. Facts really do matter," Comey responded in his interview with Baier. "Which is why I'm on your show, to answer your questions. That memo was unclassified then, it's still unclassified.

"It's in my book. The FBI cleared my book before it could be published. That's a false statement," he added.

Or, if you prefer:

The Feb. 14, 2017, memo was one of seven memos that Comey wrote about his encounters with Trump. The Department of Justice last week sent all seven to Congress — four of them contained some level of classified information, but not the one dated Feb. 14, 2017, that was given to Richman. That memo was labeled “unclassified//FOUO.” As explained by the National Archives and Records Administration, FOUO stands for “for official use only,” which is one of several markings used by some federal agencies for documents “requiring a degree of control” but “do not designate classified national security information.”

It was also unclassified at the time that Comey gave the memo to Richman. In the memo, Comey writes: “NOTE: because this is an unclassified document, I will be limited in how I describe what I said next.”

At the CNN town hall event, Comey reiterated that the memo he gave Richman was unclassified and he noted that Richman relayed the “substance” of the memo to the Times, but not the memo itself. “I sent one memo unclassified then, still unclassified and it’s recounted in my book, to my friend Dan Richman and asked him to get the substance of it but not the memo out to the media,” he said.

Comey also disputed Trump’s use of the term “leak” when referring to the Feb. 14, 2017, memo. Asked if he leaked the memo, Comey said, “Well, not to get tangled up in it but I think of a leak as an unauthorized disclosure of classified information. That’s how I thought about it as FBI director; we investigated leaks.”

Which is why the reference to Comey's book matters.

So, back to the claim of "No Collusion!"  I'm sorry, why should we believe you?

2 Comments:

Blogger ntodd said...

I don't know, but I've been told
Trump's dementia is mighty old...

6:04 PM  
Blogger June Butler said...

Trump had such a great time that he wants to call in to Fox & Friends monthly. Why not daily? The sound of the balls rolling in Trump's tiny hand could not be heard through the phone. The expressions on the faces of the hosts during Trump's final rant before they cut him off mid-sentence made my day.

10:03 AM  

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