President Trump showed his utter ignorance of the way things work yet again this Saturday morning, angrily tweeting a message based only on the headline of a Fox News story. In his apparent skimming of the story he tweeted a link to, he missed a key point.
What Trump alleged on Saturday morning on Twitter is that not only did neither he nor his team do anything wrong when it comes to Russia, but he’s actually the real victim in the whole thing. For him to claim victimhood in the Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election is a big jump from his previous denials of the Russians even having done anything at all to influence the election.
The news story that the president tweeted a link to says:
‘Firm behind anti-Trump dossier also worked for Russia, Senate witness says.’
Trump’s added comment reads:
‘In other words, Russia was against Trump in the 2016 Election — and why not, I want strong military & low oil prices. Witch Hunt!’
In other words, Russia was against Trump in the 2016 Election – and why not, I want strong military & low oil prices. Witch Hunt! https://t.co/mMSxj4Su5z
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017
The story he tweeted a link to concerns the testimony of Bill Browder, an American financier who has found himself on the side opposite the Russian government in this still unfolding scandal of the Kremlin’s election meddling. Browder was targeted with a smear campaign run by the same Kremlin-connected lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner in 2016.
Speaking this week before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Browder asserted that the firm behind the infamous dossier containing, among other things, the “golden showers” accusations, also worked for the Russian government. He says that the firm, Fusion GPS, was hired by the Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr. to run a Russian government approved smear campaign against him.
There is a key tidbit in the Fox news story that seems to be lost on the president.
‘Left unclear in Thursday’s hearing was what connection there might have been between the Russians and the anti-Trump dossier commissioned by Fusion GPS.’
Yes, the true picture of Fusion GPS — the firm behind the infamous anti-Trump dossier and the one behind the Kremlin sponsored smear campaign against Browder — depicts an opportunistic third party, willing to work for anyone. In other words, Trump’s tweet is wrong.
The Kremlin wanted to smear Browder because his work and that of his now deceased lawyer in exposing Russian corruption prompted fresh U.S. sanctions.
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