The President of the United State of America continues to say out loud that he trusts and Russian ex-KGB officer more than the intelligence and law enforcement people that work for him….
The worst part of this?
There are sores of American Republicans (including lawmakers who should know better) who BELIEVE Trump…..
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Thursday that he felt he “needed to correct the record” following President Trump’s comments during the Helsinki summit with Russia President Vladimir Putin, adding that he wished Trump had “made a different statement” as it is “undeniable that the Russians are taking a lead on this.”
Our thought bubble: It was a STUNNING interview … and is already catching heat and attention among Trump loyalists. I’ve already had two phone calls from sources close to Trump expressing their astonishment. The fact that Trump’s own intelligence director is saying these things is extraordinary. A moment of true and startling independence. Reveals how concerned Coats is about what happened with Putin…..
Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein….
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Thursday that conclusions reached by U.S. intelligence agencies and criminal indictments presented are “based on evidence,” adding that they don’t “reflect mere guesses.”
Why it matters: Rosenstein’s remarks came after President Trump raised doubts at a press conference with Vladimir Putin about U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusion that Russia had meddled in the 2016 presidential election.