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Monday, March 20, 2017

The White House serves up a red herring on Russia - The Washington Post

President Trump is tweeting again.
Monday morning will feature a House intelligence committee hearing at which Trump's own FBI director, James Comey, is expected to dispute Trump's claim that President Obama wiretapped him — and weigh in on other big Russia questions. So in advance of that, Trump took to Twitter to offer a red herring.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer offered the same argument during his wild news briefing Thursday. Spicer argued that the press was being much more skeptical of Trump's wiretapping claim than it has been of allegations that Trump colluded with Russia — despite there being no proof of the latter. “When Devin Nunes came out and said there was no connection that he saw to Russia — crickets,” Spicer said, adding: “Where was your passion and where was your concern when they all said that there was no connection to Russia?”
It's understandable that this storyline is frustrating to the White House. But the comparison between the coverage of Trump's wiretapping claim and the Russia-collusion allegations doesn't make much sense. And neither does Trump's suggestion that questions about possible collusion are “fake news.”


The White House serves up a red herring on Russia - The Washington Post

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