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Friday, August 09, 2019

Trump said he either couldn't remember, couldn't recall or couldn't recollect 36 times when answering questions about events during his campaign in written responses to Special Counsel Robert Mueller that were made public in the partially redacted report on Thursday. Trump's written responses didn't allow for follow-up questions ‘that would ensure complete answers and potentially refresh your client's recollection or clarify the extent of nature of his lack of recollection,' Mueller's team said. Mueller's report concluded that Trump's campaign did not conspire with the Russian government, but it outlined 10 instances in which Trump may have obstructed justice.

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Trump's alleged memory gaps go to the heart of key questions, including whether he was aware of Russian interference. In the written responses, Trump said he had "no recollection" of whether he knew that Russian president Vladimir Putin "supported" his candidacy and "opposed" his opponent Hillary Clinton and "no recollection" of whether he was told during the campaign that any foreign government or leader had provided or wished to provide support for his election effort.

He said he didn't "recall being aware" of any communication between his campaign and WikiLeaks or other hackers, or whether he talked to Roger Stone about the release of hacked emails that were damaging to Clinton, or whether former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort communicated policy positions that Ukraine or Russia would want the U.S. to support.

Trump also said he "had no recollection of learning at the time" that his son Donald Trump, Jr., Paul Manafort and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner were planning to meet in June 2016 about potentially negative information about Clinton, the Democratic candidate for U.S. president.

Special counsel investigators were frustrated by Trump's apparent memory lapses, the report reveals. Trump, through his lawyers, provided the written responses after Mueller's team tried for more than a year to get Trump to sit down for an interview. When Trump finally submitted the answers, the special counsel's office told Trump's attorneys "of the insufficiency of those responses in several respects," according to the report.

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This is Reagan's true legacy.

#1 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-08-09 05:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

"One of the great memories of all time" - Donald Trump

#2 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2019-08-09 05:54 PM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 3

Perhaps Trump is suffering from Alzheimer's.

Would be a good reason for him to step down.

#3 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-08-09 05:59 PM | Reply

"no recollection"
He said he didn't "recall being aware"
"had no recollection of learning at the time"

And no evidence has been provided to dispute or counter his answers. The facts are becoming more clear that there was a concerted effort to set up campaign officials and Trump to manufacture a crime that didn't exist. They were almost successful, but in the end, caught a couple of unregistered lobbyists and untaxed monies.

Low grade process crimes, that but for Trump, would have never even been prosecuted much less news. Perjury about meeting dates, or who told who-what-when.

One thing I'll give Hillary, she knew how to hide fake charity money, pay-for-play, and free vacations, otherwise it would be her ass in a sling.

#4 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-09 06:25 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

If the whataboutists aren't already here pissing and moaning about hilllary they will be soon.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2019-08-09 06:26 PM | Reply

They're here.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-08-09 06:28 PM | Reply


@#4 ... And no evidence has been provided to dispute or counter his answers. ...

So why was Pres Trump so averse to sitting down to an interview or, at a minimum, allow follow-up questions to his evasive half-answers?

And the convictions were not for "low grade process crimes" as your comment spins.

Lying under oath is not a "low grade process crime." Especially when it is done by those so close to the White House.

Which leaves the open question, why all the lying whenever anything involving Russia was mentioned?

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-09 07:39 PM | Reply

Ha, and hillary's 'pet phrase' is/was "I don'r recall".

The Fix [FBI hearings]
Hillary Clinton told the FBI she couldn't recall something more than three dozen times
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[Whitewater hearings]
"I Don't Recall" townhall.com

#8 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-08-09 08:12 PM | Reply


@#8 ... Ha, and hillary's 'pet phrase' is/was "I don'r recall". ...

That's a standard phrase used when questioned under oath, when you do not want to say anything.

Not just Pres Trump and fmr Sec of State Clinton, but many, many people who do not want to answer questions.

Deflection attempt aside, I repeat...

Which leaves the open question, why all the lying whenever anything involving Russia was mentioned?


I have said it before the Mueller report was released. The one question I want an answer to was why do so many involved in the Trump campaign lie whenever the topic of Russia was raised?

I still ask that question. And I still get no answers. Just deflections.

Why?


#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-09 09:01 PM | Reply

- Which leaves the open question, why all the lying whenever anything involving Russia was mentioned?

It's like a Charlie Chan plot. Everybody on the train has a motive to kill the deceased; none of which are terribly damning. In this case, you have a hotel deal that never really took off, a room full of former military turned lobbyists, and some cash tucked away in Cyprus.

All of the motives are the normal stuff of rich, globally connected businessmen, cigar and scotch enthusiasts, and armchair news hounds.

Personally, I believe Trumps biggest mistake was the 1) he never expected to win, and 2) when he did, he didn't have the large pool of gov't veterans to pull from. So he trusted a handful of people who had other aspirations, namely Bannon, Flynn, Popadaupolis, et al.

He's struggled with his cabinet ever since. He doesn't really know any of these people at all. He has almost zero gov't connections.

I mean come on, Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie? LOL

#10 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-09 09:43 PM | Reply

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@#10 ... It's like a Charlie Chan plot. ...

No, its not.

So, I'll ask again...

Why all the lying whenever anything involving Russia was mentioned?

Fmr NJ Gov Chris Christie at least tried to proffer a plausible reason, though even that was humorous.



Too Much Joy - That's A Lie
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More appropriate than you might think...

#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-09 10:11 PM | Reply

Trump's attorneys knew, also based on previous testimony in depositions, that Trump is incapable of telling the truth. Which is why, as I'm sure y'all know, he was allowed to submit written answers.

And with a long time to think about those answers, his 'failed' memory is laughable.

TRUMP: I have 'one of the great memories of all-time' - YouTube
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#12 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-08-11 12:38 AM | Reply

Why are they calling it the Mueller report? It is clear he didn't write it and at times, seemed like he didn't even read it.

#13 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-08-11 02:18 AM | Reply

"I still ask that question. And I still get no answers.
#9 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER"

Because the FBI's definition of a lie is tied to whether you work for them as well as party affiliation. And for some, they lack the funds to fight so they cop a plea, like Flynn and Papadopolous. In Flynn's case, seems like a lack of candor...which is why the FBI didn't think he lied. With Papadopolous, he had no money and spent a night in jail. Not that many lies about Russia. Now, tax fraud and lobbying - guilty as charged but why was Podesta spared?

#14 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-08-11 02:24 AM | Reply

In Flynn's case, seems like a lack of candor...which is why the FBI didn't think he lied.

IRA "WEINER" GOLDBERG

Flynn was charged with and plead guilty to lying to the FBI. He copped a plea to save his son.

#15 | Posted by americanunity at 2019-08-11 02:42 AM | Reply

"Flynn was charged with and plead guilty to lying to the FBI. He copped a plea to save his son.
#15 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY"

That is something that many have speculated. It could have also just been the fact that he was financially ruined fighting the allegations. Mueller's team of idiots clearly dragged out the process as long as possible to ruin him in the hopes he would compose a story. Didn't happen. If Flynn would have been targeted by Mueller's team of idiots in 2019 vs. 2017 when there was an actual end to the investigation in sight, he probably would have held out and had the charged dropped.

What makes me outraged was the fact the McCabe, Comey, and Strzok all were caught lying - and no charges. We can't have 2 systems of justice in this country.

#16 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-08-11 03:03 AM | Reply

What makes me outraged was the fact the McCabe, Comey, and Strzok all were caught lying - and no charges. We can't have 2 systems of justice in this country.

#16 | Posted by iragoldberg

Ya, like one for Trump and another for everyone else.

#17 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-08-11 03:05 AM | Reply

BTW, Flynn made millions lobbying and giving speeches in addition to his healthy military pension.

Flynn flipped and became a cooperating witness as soon as he was caught. There was no trial, no millions in fees for attorneys. He plead guilty because he was caught dead to rights about his lying about not representing foreign interests, which he clearly was.

He also wanted to save his son, who was also charged with lying to the FBI about his own dealings with foreign governments.

A whole lot of people in Trump's sphere got caught lying. Roger Stone is awaiting trial.

BTW, Paul Manafort is eating starchy prison food for lying about his dealings with foreign governments.

#18 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-08-11 03:17 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If Flynn would have been targeted by Mueller's team of idiots in 2019 vs. 2017 when there was an actual end to the investigation in sight, he probably would have held out and had the charged dropped.

IRAGOLDBERG

And he would have been National Security Advisor working on behalf of foreign governments. He'd already tried swaying Trump regarding Turkey, who'd paid him handsomely to represent their interests.

BTW, the investigation into Flynn was initiated by the Pentagon Inspector General, not Mueller. Further investigation by the CIA and FBI concluded that Flynn was compromised. It did not begin with Mueller. When Flynn realized he'd been caught he agreed to cooperate with Mueller. He is now a convicted felon awaiting sentencing.

But he may be in even more hot water! His former partner is on trial for felony charges at the moment. Newly discovered documents reveal Flynn may have lied about even more than was previously known.

Flynn's cooperation deal with prosecutors is now in jeopardy.

#19 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-08-11 03:34 AM | Reply

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