In a bizarre one-on-one interview with The New York Times on Thursday, Donald Trump said there was no collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russia’s alleged election interference, adding “even if there was, it’s not a crime.”
Without any advisors at his side, Trump continued to spin his own reality on the investigation to NYT reporter Michael S. Schmidt, who conducted the interview in the noisy Grill Room of Trump’s golf club in West Palm Beach, FL.
Offering up his unfiltered thoughts on policy, legislation, and the Russia investigation — which seems to proveTrump’s IQ really is smaller than his hands — the dotard repeated there was no collusion at least 16 times during the 30-minute interview.
He also seemed to be counting heavily on what his attorney Jeff Sekulow told the New Yorker in an interview over the weekend; it didn’t matter if Trump or members of his campaign colluded with Russia because it is not a crime.
Yeah. Virtually every Democrat has said there is no collusion. There is no collusion. And even these committees that have been set up. If you look at what’s going on — and in fact, what it’s done is, it’s really angered the base and made the base stronger. My base is stronger than it’s ever been. Great congressmen, in particular, some of the congressmen have been unbelievable in pointing out what a witch hunt the whole thing is. So, I think it’s been proven that there is no collusion.
Seems Trump’s attorney is as uninformed about the investigation and law as he is.
During the interview, Trump let his insecurity show quite a bit, too. He slammed Attorney General Sessions recusing himself from the Russia investigation, bemoaning the fact that Sessions wasn’t as loyal an AG as Eric Holder was to former President Obama. He also told the reporter that the Russia investigation is putting the country in a difficult position and making the U.S. look bad.
Um, no, Mr. Trump, but nice try. The investigation is making you and your team look bad, not America.
But it might not be collusion that brings down the Trump administration anyway. Collusion is only a crime under the federal antitrust law. The real issue is what other charges Mueller’s investigation might bring against Trump and his campaign. And that may finally prove to be obstruction of justice for firing former FBI Director James Comey to stop the investigation, violation of federal election laws if Trump’s campaign helped Russia steal DNC emails and release them publicly, conspiracy for attempting to defraud the government and more.
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