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Thursday, 3 September 2020

Sen. Murphy Suggests Trump Asked Putin to Interfere in 2020: Why Has He 'Been on the Phone So Many Times with Vladimir Putin'

During a discussion with MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell Senator Chris Murphy suggested that President Trump has asked Russian president Vladimir Putin to interfere in the 2020 elections in his favor.
“Yeah, this is a very, very disturbing development. Obviously, we hope, the Trump administration is not actively facilitating Russia’s interference in the upcoming election,” Murhpy said.
We all wonder why the president has been on the phone so many times with Vladimir Putin over the course of the spring and early summer, especially when he made clear he wasn’t talking about security issues like the Russian bounties on U.S. soldiers.”
“But the refusal now to brief members of Congress certainly makes it appear as if the administration is trying to cover up the extent of Russia’s interference.”
Watch the whole insane thing via MSNBC:

First off, maybe the reason Trump speaks to Putin is because he’s the President of the United States and it’s important that we speak with the president of Russia?
If Trump speaks with the President of Brazil does that also make him a Brazilian intelligence asset, or maybe just one world leader talking to another world leader?
Democrats are rehashing the same tired Russia, Russia, Russia nonsense and it gets really old.
The only people who still believe any of that Russia nonsense are the true blue Democrat acolytes who Trump has broken and believe anything they see and hear bad about the president on TV.
Rush Transcript:
MITCHELL: “The Russian Internet trolls who pushed disinformation on social media in 2016 are at it again. After a tip from the FBI, Facebook and Twitter took down post linked to a site run by former associates of Russian Internet Research Agency that hired one one U.S. journalist to post pieces online. The posts did not get wide traction as they tried to sully the Biden/Harris campaign.
This as Russia is again pushing for Trump in the upcoming election. The latest sign today and intel reported that DHS showing Russia’s scheme to attack Biden’s mental health. Joining me now, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut. His new book is titled ‘The Violence Inside Us.’ Senator I want to talk to you about your book. First let me get your reaction about these attempts by Russia to meddle in our election.
Just as we’re hearing from the DNI, from the intelligence community that they’re not going to brief in person, the key committees, about election interference which is the only way to ask questions, find out what the intel is, what the analysts are really saying and get past the, you know, the prepared statements.”
MURPHY: “Yeah, this is a very, very disturbing development. Obviously, we hope, the Trump administration is not actively facilitating Russia’s interference in the upcoming election. We all wonder why the president has been on the phone so many times with Vladimir Putin over the course of the spring and early summer, especially when he made clear he wasn’t talking about security issues like the Russian bounties on U.S. soldiers.
But the refusal now to brief members of Congress certainly makes it appear as if the administration is trying to cover up the extent of Russia’s interference. And what we already know through the briefings we’ve received and what has been made public is that Russia has the clear intent to weigh in on Trump’s behalf in the upcoming election, all of the tools that they used in 2016 they’re using again in 2020.
And if we’re not ready and if the administration isn’t making Americans aware of when they are hearing from a Russian agent instead of hearing from an American objective source, then we’re at risk of the same thing happening all over again, this time perhaps with the participation of the administration willingly or implicitly.”
MITCHELL: “And even the participation, perhaps unwittingly, you know probably unwittingly of some Senate Republicans. Look at Ron Johnson and some of the information, alleged information that the Russians had been peddling through Ukraine.”
MURPHY: “So it just can’t be a coincidence that the story that my colleague, Senator Ron Johnson, is attempting to tell in the Homeland Security Committee is the exact same tale that Russian intelligence units are trying to spread throughout the U.S. political ecosystem, this idea that, in fact, it was Joe Biden and the Democrats who were the recipients of help from the Ukrainians in the 2016 election, a conspiracy theory that has been widely debunked.
Listen, what disturbs me most is the intelligence services have very specific information about Russian agents that are spreading misinformation. And I don’t know why we spend billions collecting information on Russian agents if we aren’t willing to tell the American people who they are.
Because if these are people who are openly participating in an American election, who are showing up on your TV shows, then we should know that information.
I’m not sure we pay the money if we’re not going to be given that information. And my hope is that they release that information, release those names very soon.”

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