The President knows that Russia attacked us. They did the digital equivalent of breaking into an office, stealing private documents, and distributing them. We expelled Russians spies from our country over this. We have a bipartisan report from the Senate Intelligence Committee detailing”a comprehensive and multifaceted Russian campaign against the United States,” and Trump’s own Justice Department just indicted twelve Russian agents for their actions against the US.
After all this, the President of the United States of America got up in front of the world and said “we’re all to blame” for this and he doesn’t “see any reason why Russia would interfere” in our elections.
BREAKING: Disputing US intelligence community, Trump says 'I don't see any reason why' Russia would interfere in 2016 election.
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 16, 2018
What we’re witnessing is collusion in real time.
The tut-tuts from Very Serious Republican members of Congress are starting to trickle in. My resignation letter, were I a member of the National Security Council staff, would be 7 letters, starting with an F.
There will be no resignations. Not from Ambassador Huntsman, not from his NSC. There will be no consequences from Congressional Republicans, certainly not his adoring fans in Senators Ernst and Grassley. They might “disagree” publicly, or “have concerns”, oh golly gosh, but they’ll keep playing ball and hope that a) Trump will get better and b) we’ll all forget that they defended him at every turn.
He won’t get better. We won’t forget.
UPDATES. NOW WITH (SOME) MORE CONDEMNATION:
Sen. Grassley with an epically squishy take:
“It should always be the goal of U.S. presidents to improve relations with other countries… it is also important for our leaders to be clear-eyed in their approach. Vladimir Putin isn’t a friend to the United States, to the Western world or our values.”Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Sen. Ernst doesn’t even bother to mention the President at all:
“I have the utmost faith in the U.S. intelligence community and their assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Russia has never been a friend to the U.S., and they continue to pose a threat to America and our allies.”Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)
My Congressman has the strongest statement out of our delegation so far: (Emphasis mine)
“There is no doubt Russia interfered in our election, this has been confirmed by our intelligence community and Congressional committees. While we don’t know what was said in the closed door meeting, in the public setting the President missed an important opportunity to pronounce serious displeasure and consequences of this meddling and interference. Russia is not an ally. Russia is our adversary. Iowans and Americans take their elections and value their vote in a dutiful and personal way and the President should have acknowledged this publicly by at least chastising Putin and warning him against acting against the interests and values of the United States and her republic in this way.”Rep. David Young (R-IA)
“…the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world…No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant.”Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Holy crap, Paul Ryan’s backbone has turned from pure liquid to jello!
“There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals.”House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)