On the heels of yesterday’s meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sally Yates, the former Acting U.S. Attorney General, slammed Trump’s insistence today that he believes Putin when he says he did not meddle in the 2016 election.
POTUS embraces Putin yet again telling world he believes former KGB agent’s denial of attack on our election over our own Intel public servants, calling them “political hacks.” Disturbing and shamelessly unpatriotic, on Veterans Day no less.
— Sally Yates (@SallyQYates) November 11, 2017
Trump spoke briefly with Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam during his 12-day tour of Asia. His blind acceptance of Putin’s word is especially controversial given the fact that the United States’ own intelligence agencies have found, irrefutably, that Russia did intefere in the 2016 election.
“He said he didn’t meddle. He said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times,” Trump said of his conversation with Putin. “Every time he sees me, he says, ‘I didn’t do that. And I believe, I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it.”
“I think he is very insulted by it,” Trump added.
Mueller has since spoken with nearly every member of Trump’s inner-circle as speculation about the next round of charges intensifies. Some of Trump’s most vocal supporters have called for the President to fire Mueller in a move that would almost certainly constitute obstruction of justice.
The White House has said that Trump has “no intention” of firing Mueller.
During what is now referred to as the “Monday Night Massacre,” Trump fired then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she announced that her Department of Justice would not defend his unconstitutional executive order on immigration, otherwise known as his “travel ban.” She was duly praised by the Democratic National Committee for standing up to a “tyrannical” president.
The President of the United States may find it appropriate to publicly support a known adversary over America’s own Intelligence community – on Veterans Day – but our nation’s real patriots, like Sally Yates, are not afraid to speak out. Trump may indeed owe a debt of gratitude to the Russians for their help getting him elected President, but America has little patience for their joint efforts to subvert our democracy.
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