Overshadowed by the appointment yesterday of a Department of Justice special counsel 1 2 to look into the 2016 Trump presidential campaign’s (putative) ties to Russia was the following bit of world class trolling by Putin:
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he would be willing to provide the U.S. Congress a record of President Trump’s meeting with top Russian envoys, bringing scoffs on Capitol Hill that the Kremlin could help shed light on the disclosures of reportedly highly classified intelligence.
The provocative offer for the Kremlin to share evidence with U.S. oversight committees about the Oval Office meeting came with the caveat that the request for the transcript would have to come from the Trump administration.
Presenting a transcript is the Kremlin’s latest gambit in denying that Trump shared classified secrets last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia’s ambassador to the United States during an Oval Office meeting.
But the tactic may have more to do with attempts to sow further chaos in Washington than assuage suspicions about the talks.
Say what you will about Putin, but the only way he could have slagged OMP any harder would been have to have tweeted the offer…
- Seriously overdue, but…I’d feel better with an independent counsel; the Deputy AG may be in the acting-AG position because he is beholden to Trump. Yeah, right – go figure! And ultimately the acting-AG is the one that will receive Mueller’s final report, and then make recommendations about consequences…if any. Moreover, we, the public, may never learn of the special counsel’s findings – there’s no law that says the report must be made public. I hate to be so cynical as to suggest this appointment is merely window dressing, but look at what has happened since OMP took office; to my mind, I’m not being cynical enough. ↩
- In fact! There is a deeply dark cynicism still at work, niggling at a portion of my brain, whispering “The whole election was a set-up!; none of the standard GOP candidates, much less Mike Pence, had anywhere near a shot at beating Clinton. So the ReThugs concocted this scheme to get the most conservative GOPer into the White House on OMP‘s coattails. The only thing wrong with their plan was the fact that it is taking longer than expected for OMP to step on his dick so bad he has to be removed from office. Genius!!!! And now And now And now!!!! We’ll have an ‘investigation” that turns up some ‘suspicious’ deaths (Ailes!!! Ailes!!!!), with a few minor players sent off to Federal Kiddie Camps and perhaps, just perhaps, the Big Cheese suffering a “heart attack” in office. Yep, I AM that cynical. ↩