The legal accusations of the Russia-Trump conspiracy theory gets knocked down on CNN by Bush Administration Attorney General Michael Mukasey.
While George W. Bush came out in favor of an investigation of the supposes Russia-Trump scandal, one of his attorney generals had a different view. Here he is on CNN:
As published on the CNN website:
A former Bush administration attorney general defended the Trump administration Monday as it faces criticism for asking the FBI to knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump’s associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign.
During his tenure, Michael Mukasey limited communications between White House officials and the Department of Justice for pending criminal investigations to the attorney general, the White House counsel and their deputies.
But in an interview with Erin Burnett on CNN’s “Outfront,” Mukasey said White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus did nothing wrong when he asked both FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to try to dispute the stories.
CNN reported last week that the FBI rejected the request, and a White House official said the request was only made after the FBI indicated to the White House it did not believe the reporting to be accurate. Press secretary Sean Spicer objected to CNN’s characterization of the request, saying Thursday, “We didn’t try to knock the story down. We asked them to tell the truth.”
Mukasey, however, said the exchange between Priebus and McCabe was “perfectly natural.”
“When the deputy director of the FBI is at a meeting at the White House, which happens all the time, and inadvertently says, ‘By the way, the report in The New York Times today was BS,’ and is then asked by Reince Priebus, ‘Would you please repeat that in public?’ That’s an entirely natural reaction,” he said.
“It’s a question of tamping down publicity about something that may or may not be happening,” Mukasey cautioned. “It is not attempting to interfere with a pending case.”
But Mukasey in explaining his position, throws cold water on the enemy media’s case. There can’t be “a pending case,” when no crime has been committed. And the allegations of Russia-Trump communication do not amount to a criminal allegation. The stuff the media is alleging, even assuming it is true for the sake of argument, is not criminal.
Most telling was Erin Burnett’s interjection, “You’re fine with that?” after being shot down for calling hypothetical Russia-Trump collusion “treason.” Basically, liberals regard anything they don’t like as treason and crime. Mukasey has to explain that what he is “fine with” has nothing to do with whether an action is criminal.
This entire effort against Donald Trump is a huge fake news campaign. Not only has the media proven nothing about what they claim Russia or Trump did, but they have not made a plausible case that he broke any law. Yet not only Democrats, but some Republicans have called for a special prosecutor.
This is purely a propaganda effort to undermine, and perhaps end, Trump’s presidency.
To summarize journalistic orthodoxy: only fringe conspiracists think a Deep State exists, but all sane people know Kremlin controls US Govt.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 17, 2017