The latest scandals reported on Friday include the following. Trump is said to have joked about his campaign members alleged ties to Russia and no joking is allowed. Russia also allegedly bragged about having a relationship with retired General Flynn. Finally, and most hurtful to the President they want to force out of office, the media is reporting that Jared Kushner has now been named the Person of Interest in the Russia investigation.
There still is no evidence, only anonymous sources including former Obama officials.
This serves to distract from President Trump’s trip to five countries. He was received with an “elaborate welcome” in Saudi Arabia today according to the NY Times, though they added derisively that he was escaping the scandals and chaos.
There is so much speculation, misrepresentation, and Trump hate that the lines between reporting and story telling are completely blurred.
Jared Kushner Is a Russian Stooge?
Harming the President’s family would certainly be a good tactic to take Trump down.
The Washington Post announced that investigators want to speak with Trump and that they have another person of interest. NY Magazine says that person is Jared Kushner.
NYmag reporter says that WH official identified as a “person of interest” in Russia investigation is Jared Kushner https://t.co/nwrMzLQHef
— Peter Sterne (@petersterne) May 19, 2017
Yashar Ali, a contributor to New York magazine said on Twitter: “It’s Jared Kushner. Have confirmed this with four people. I’m not speculating.”
The speculation has begun though with media reporting or including tweets from people saying this is why Kushner insisted Comey be fired. We don’t know for certain if Kushner demanded Comey’s firing but the media is reporting it as if it were fact.
NY Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg says that in addition to telling the Russian ambassador that James Comey was a “nut job,” President Trump also joked about Russia’s alleged ties to members of his campaign.
Do you know what the joke was? He said it would ease the pressure from the investigation. Obama had more flexibility after his last election.
Anonymous Sources Say Russians Bragged About Using Flynn to Influence Trump
Also last evening, according to CNN, anonymous sources said, Russian officials bragged in conversations during the presidential campaign that they had a strong relationship with retired Gen. Michael Flynn and they thought they could use him to influence Donald Trump and his team.
The sources are current and former [Obama people] government officials.
However, Russians might have exaggerated, officials warned.
However, What About the Russia-Trump Bromance Caper?
However, it is odd that as early as December 2015, John Podesta discussed Trump’s “bromance with Putin”.
As early as December 2015 Hillary Clinton campaign head John Podesta discussed Trump’s “bromance with Putin” pic.twitter.com/Jo0vyAlDLL
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 18, 2017
There Is No Evidence
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said there was no evidence of collusion.
Former Acting CIA Director Mike Morell said, “There is smoke, but there is no fire,” former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell said, according to NBC News.
Senator Dianne Feinstein sits on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and she continues to say there is no evidence, but there are all sorts of newspaper stories around which are not necessarily evidence.
Clinton Campaign Hatched the Russia Narrative
Liberal reporters embedded with the Clinton campaign published a book called Shattered, and they claim that the Clinton Campaign (John Podesta and Robby Mook) hatched the Russia narrative as we know it 24 hours after her loss as an excuse for their campaign failure.
While they didn’t invent the Russia narrative, they developed an amazing marketing campaign with the Democrats and the arm of the DNC, the media.
John Podesta and Robbie Mook re-invented the Russia tale as a scandal.
Hillary was angry.
“I’m angry,” Hillary told her friend. And exhausted. After two brutal campaigns against Sanders and Trump, Hillary now had to explain the failure to friends in a seemingly endless round of phone calls. That was taking a toll on her already weary and grief-stricken soul. But mostly, she was mad— mad that she’d lost and that the country would have to endure a Trump presidency.
Clinton went out of her way to pass blame for her stunning loss on “Comey and Russia.”
“She wants to make sure all these narratives get spun the right way,” a longtime Clinton confidant is quoted as saying.
The book highlights how Clinton’s Russia-blame-game was a plan hatched by senior campaign staffers John Podesta and Robby Mook “within twenty-four hours” of her concession.
That strategy had been set within twenty-four hours of her concession speech. Mook and Podesta assembled her communications team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case that the election wasn’t entirely on the up-and-up. For a couple of hours, with Shake Shack containers littering the room, they went over the script they would pitch to the press and the public. Already, Russian hacking was the centerpiece of the argument.
The Clinton camp settled on a two-pronged plan — pushing the press to cover how she lost because of Russians.
“Russian hacking was the major unreported story of the campaign, overshadowed by the contents of stolen e-mails and Hillary’s own private-server imbroglio,” while “hammering the media for focusing so intently on the investigation into her e-mail, which had created a cloud over her candidacy,” the authors wrote.
“The press botched the e-mail story for eighteen months,” one person who was part of the strategy is quoted as saying. “Comey obviously screwed us, but the press created the story.”
What other stories are the press creating?