White House: Investigating Trump’s Ties to Russia Just Democrats Wanting to ‘Relive Their Loss’
Claims FBI Calls Russia StoryÂ ‘BS’Â
Suggests Attorney General Will Not Be Recusing Himself
White House Principal Deputy Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders threatened that calls for an investigation into PresidentÂ Donald Trump’s ties to Russia will just be Democrats reliving their 2016 loss of the race for the presidency.Â
Responding to the surprise announcement by California Republican Congressman Darrell Issa that Congress should have a special prosecutor investigate Trump’s Russia ties and the intervention of Russia into the election, and that Attorney General Jeff Sessions must recuse himself from any investigation,Â Huckabee Sanders called the the president’s involvement with Russia “BS.”
“Look, I think the real easy answer here is that the FBI has already said this story is BS,” Huckabee Sanders told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos (video below).Â “Those are their words, so I apologize to my mom. But literally, those are the words of the FBI, that the story is BS.”
In fact, that’s inaccurate.
Senior White House officials, Talking Points Memo reported, “told reporters that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe brought up to [Rince] Priebus during a one-on-one meeting on Feb. 15 that a New York Times story on the subject was ‘bullshit,’ according to a White House pool report.”
In other words, the White House says the FBI said the Times story was “BS.”
Stephanopoulos responded saying exactly that: “First of all,Â the FBI has made officially no comment. The FBI director, James Comey, has had no comment. You’re saying that the FBI told you that it was BS. The FBI hasn’t said that at all.”
WH spokesperson @SHSanders45 on AG Sessions recusing himself from any Russia probe: “I don’t think we’re there yet” https://t.co/jbadJT3u74 pic.twitter.com/sRT20nG65D
â€” This Week (@ThisWeekABC) February 26, 2017
Huckabee Sanders said that any congressional committees investigating Trump’s Russia ties will all “come to the same conclusion — that we had no involvement in this.”
“The bigger thing here is if Democrats want to continue to relive their loss every single day by doing investigations or review after review, that’s fine by us,” she charged. “We know why we won this race. It’s because we had the better candidate with the better message. They didn’t campaign in the right places. They didn’t have a good candidate. If they want to continue to relive that loss every single day, then we welcome that.”
Stephanopoulos responded, “I’ll just say that for the record and I’ll take your answer to say you don’t believe that the attorney general needs to recuse right now.”
Huckabee Sanders replied, “George, I don’t think we’re there yet.”
Some responses via Twitter:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders on ABC with George she needs to wake up saying we should move on about Russian interference. I refuse to move on
â€” Kimberly Ferguson (@kimisanauthor37) February 26, 2017
White House running out of spokespeople to trot out every week. Now @GStephanopoulos wiping floor with Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Well done.
â€” Adrianna (@MorazonInc) February 26, 2017
#ThisWeek: wow, Sarah Huckabee Sanders lies and obfuscates just like her father! Not one true answer yet.
â€” Radio Free USA (@ManchuriaTrump1) February 26, 2017
We’re all the way down to Sarah Huckabee Sanders as the spokesperson already? #thisweek
â€” Matt (@TheOnlyMattBuek) February 26, 2017
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the new Kelly Ann, Deflect, No one is talking about Clinton Loss but she keeps bringing it up #ThisWeek
â€” Tina Marie (@qwisp) February 26, 2017
Congrats to @GStephanopoulos for his quick fact check replies to uninformed or blatant liar WH Spokesperson #SarahHuckabeeSanders
â€” Zailyn Eugenia (@QHealer) February 26, 2017
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Debt Ceiling: McCarthy Faces ‘Lingering Anger’ and a Possible Revolt as Far-Right House Members Start Issuing Threats
As House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) continues to negotiate a deal to avoid a debt crisis, members of the far-right Freedom Caucus are growing furious with him over broken promises he made to them.
According to MSNBC political analyst Steve Benen, with a slim GOP majority in the House, McCarthy is walking a tightrope to get a budget deal passed and may need help from House Democrats if members of his caucus refuse to go along with him.
As Benen points out, in order to win the speakership McCarthy agreed to an easier path for a motion to “vacate the chair” which could end his tenure as Speaker. That could come into play if the Freedom Caucus stages a revolt.
“… as the negotiations approach an apparent finish line, the House Republicans’ most radical faction is learning that it isn’t likely to get everything its members demanded — and for the Freedom Caucus, that’s not going to work,” he wrote in his MSNBC column.
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Citing a Washington Times report that stated, “[Freedom Caucus members] want everything from the debt limit bill passed by the House last month plus several new concessions from the White House,” Benen suggested far-right House Republicans are now issuing veiled threats.
In an interview, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) stated, “I am going to have to go have some blunt conversations with my colleagues and the leadership team. I don’t like the direction they are headed.”
With Politico reporting, “The [House Freedom Caucus] was already unlikely to support a final bipartisan deal, but lingering anger with Kevin McCarthy could have lasting implications on his speakership,” Benen added, “If this is simply a matter of lingering ill-will from members who come to believe that GOP leaders ‘caved,’ the practical consequences might be limited. But let’s also not forget that McCarthy, while begging his own members for their support during his protracted fight for the speaker’s gavel, agreed to tweak the motion-to-vacate-the-chair rules, which at least in theory, would make it easier for angry House Republicans to try to oust McCarthy from his leadership position.”
Adding the caveat that he is not predicting an imminent McCarthy ouster he added, “But if the scope of the Freedom Caucus’ discontent reaches a fever pitch, a hypothetical deal clears thanks to significant Democratic support, don’t be surprised if we all start hearing the phrase ‘vacate the chair” a lot more frequently.”
Prosecutors Tell Trump They Have a Recording of Him and a Witness: Report
Prosecutors in Donald Trump’s Manhattan criminal trial have notified the ex-president’s attorneys they have a recording of him and a witness. The notification comes in the form of an automatic discovery form, CBS News reports, which “describes the nature of the charges against a defendant and a broad overview of the evidence that prosecutors will present at Trump’s preliminary hearing or at trial.”
CBS reports prosecutors have handed the recording over to Trump’s legal team.
It’s not known who the witness is, nor are any details known publicly about what the conversation entails, or even if it is just audio or if it includes video.
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According to the article’s author, CBS News’ Graham Kates, via Twitter, prosecutors say they also have recordings between two witnesses, a recording between a witness and a third party, and various recordings saved on a witness’s cell phones.
Manhattan prosecutors disclosed to Trump a recording of him and a witness in his criminal case. pic.twitter.com/EIz3bvpEkj
— Graham Kates (@GrahamKates) May 26, 2023
Trump is facing 34 felony counts in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case related to his allegedly unlawful attempt to hide hush money payoffs to a well-known porn star by falsifying business records to protect his 2016 presidential campaign.
See the discovery form above or at this link.
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‘Likely to Be Indicted Soon’: Trump Might Face Seven Different Felonies, Government Watchdog Says
It’s no secret the U.S. Dept. of Justice is investigating Donald Trump for his role in attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential election, and for his likely unlawful removal, retention, and refusal to return hundreds of documents with classified and top secret markings.
Earlier this week Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal reported, “Special counsel Jack Smith has all but finished obtaining testimony and other evidence in his criminal investigation into whether former President Donald Trump mishandled classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort.”
And while it’s unknown if or when Trump will be indicted, a government watchdog says the ex-president who is once again staging a White House run is “likely to be indicted soon.” The organization is offering details on what it claims could be seven felony charges he might face.
“The next criminal charges former President Donald Trump may face could well come from Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into Trump’s possession of nearly 300 classified documents — including some marked as top secret — at his Mar-a-Lago residence and business in the year and a half after he left office,” Betsy Schick and Debra Perlin of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) state in a lengthy report published Friday.
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“While Fani Willis’ Fulton County, Georgia investigation into election interference continues, as does a federal investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election, and Alvin Bragg has already indicted Trump in New York for his role in false statements connected to hush money payments to Karen McDougal and Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) during the 2016 presidential campaign, an indictment by Smith in the Mar-a-Lago investigation would yield the first federal charges against the former president,” CREW notes.
“Trump may face charges ranging from obstruction of justice and criminal contempt to conversion of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material.”
Here is a list of “possible crimes” Trump might be charged with, according to CREW:
Obstruction of justice (18 U.S.C. § 1519)
Criminal contempt (18 U.S.C. § 402)
False statements to federal authorities (18 U.S.C. § 1001)
Conversion of government property (18 U.S.C. § 641)
Unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material (18 U.S.C. § 1924)
Removing and concealing government records (18 U.S.C. § 2071)
Gathering national defense information (18 U.S.C. § 793(e))
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CREW also offers that Trump’s attorneys may try to argue several different defenses, including:
No “knowing” removal
Deference to the intelligence community
Challenging the constitutionality of the Special Counsel regulations
Additionally, several reports this week also appear to suggest an indictment might be coming, and soon.
Citing a Washington Post report published Thursday, several top legal experts are predicting DOJ will charge Donald Trump, and those charges will include obstruction and violations of the Espionage Act.
Earlier this week NYU School of Law professor of law Ryan Goodman said Dept. of Justice Special Counsel Jack Smith had struck “gold” after obtaining the contemporaneous notes of a Trump attorney who counseled the ex-president on his possibly unlawful handling of classified documents.
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