Monday, February 19, 2018

Even Republicans Scoff at Trump's Claim of Vindication

Amid President Donald Trump's blistering tweetstorm Sunday morning after special counsel Robert Mueller announced a fresh round of indictments on Friday, several prominent Democrats and Republicans had some tough words for the president. Trump's lengthy string of tweets included support for the conspiracy theory that the Russia investigation distracted the FBI from tips about the Florida shooter, claims that he never said Russia hadn't meddled in the election (he did), and attacks on Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, whom Trump called "the leakin' monster of no control." The president also reiterated a point he has made after nearly every revelation in the Russia probe -- that despite the mounting indictments in the investigation, there is still no evidence against him, and that the probe vindicates him.


"This is a president who claims vindication anytime someone sneezes," Schiff told host Dana Bash. "What this indictment sets out is information about only one element of the Russian active measures campaign -- that involving their use of social media to influence attitudes, to motivate people to protest, to essentially infiltrate our political system through the cyber sphere."

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who ran against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, told NBC's Chuck Todd on Meet the Press that Trump is not understanding the most important part of the revelations about Russian meddling.

"The main point to be understood is that what everyone understands except Donald Trump, is that this was not just the 2016 campaign," Sanders said. "They intend to do this in 2018 ... I think people are asking 'what is going on with this president?'"

Todd also interviewed Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, who agreed that the reality of Russian interference is indisputable.

"The clear message is Russia did mean to interfere in our election," Lankford said.

Lankford, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, added that "it is an open question" whether more people in the US were involved in the Russian meddling.


I think it would be more destabilizing to have Dems take over in 2018. There would for sure be Impeachment trials, etc. Maybe Russia will help the Dems this time and see how much Trump does nothing.

#1 | Posted by Bubba10 at 2018-02-19 02:35 PM

The more Pres Trump refuses to take steps to keep the Russian interference out of the 2018 elections, the more it indicates to me that he wants Russian influence in the 2018 elections.

Why would Pres Trump want that?

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-02-19 03:26 PM

I think it would be more destabilizing to have Dems take over in 2018. There would for sure be Impeachment trials, etc. Maybe Russia will help the Dems this time and see how much Trump does nothing.


No, I'm sure the country would be in better hands if we just let Trump continue to sell us out and destroy the democratic process.

#3 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-02-20 12:00 PM


#4 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2018-02-20 12:24 PM

Trump would feel vindicated by a bucket of KFC and a cheesburger.

Trump probably thinks that the whole Stormy Daniels story vindicates him as a PG (Pootang Grabber) because it proves he paid for her services.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-20 01:41 PM

Come 2020, Corky will be wet kissing Ted Cruz if it means beating Trump. Ted Cruz a lessor evil??

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-02-20 04:01 PM

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