Former Dem Senator Says Ohio Cares About Jobs, Not Russia
May 29, 2017 BY RAEGAN BAKER
Former Ohio state senator Nina Turner made headlines when she appeared on CNN over the weekend. Speaking bluntly on “The State of the Union,” Turner said that “no one in Ohio is asking about Russia,” The Daily Caller reported.
Turner, a Democrat, made the assertion while discussing reports alleging President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, attempted to set up a back channel with Russia.
Many on the left have attempted to tie Trump’s administration to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The mainstream media and political pundits have speculated that Trump may have shared classified information with the Kremlin, and others have suggested Putin interfered with the election which allowed Trump to win against Hillary Clinton.
Nonetheless, no concrete evidence has been presented to back these claims.
When the hosts of “State of the Union” tried to turn the conversation to Russia (as usual), Turner told them that her former constituents are concerned about other issues.
“No one in Ohio is asking about Russia,” Turner stated. “I mean, we have to deal with this. It’s all on the minds of the American people. But if you want to know about people in Ohio — they want to know about jobs, they want to know about their children.”
Watch her statements below:
She continued, “I was just in California where California folks, especially the national nurses, pushing for healthy California, single payer, Medicare for all kinds of things. I talked to a Boomer, a Baby Boomer who is an African-American Baby Boomer who lives here in D.C., Russia is not in his top five. He believes that both parties are failing.”
Turner said the American people have more critical things on their mind.
Sununu Confronts CNN on Coverage of Trump-Russia Investigation: ‘How Much Crow Are You Going to Eat’
Tuesday on CNN’s “New Day,” former chief of staff to President George H. W. Bush and former Gov. John H. Sununu (R-NH) pushed back against CNN’s coverage of the Trump-Russia investigation in an interview with co-host Alisyn Camerota.
Partial transcript as follows:
CAMEROTA: Is there anything about the Russian — investigation connected to the Trump campaign that troubles you?
SUNUNU: Yeah, but the reporting that’s taking place and the exaggeration of the venality and the suggestion — look, it’s now seven months since the election, and to this day, no one has cited a single piece of evidence. In your last segment, you guys were patting yourselves on the back because you said Clapper had passed the responsibility off to the FBI. But you forget that in the last weeks of the administration, Obama allowed all his intelligence agencies to share their information. And there is no question in my mind that when that happen since Clapper’s group had originated this, that anything the FBI had would have gone back to Clapper. So it is nice for Capper to try and wash his hands of it by throwing it in the FBI’s lap, but he had access in those days to whatever the FBI had. There is nothing there.
CAMEROTA: So Jared Kushner, meeting with a major Russian banker of a massive bank that has connections to Vladimir Putin, nothing to see there?
SUNUNU: Well tell me what you think is to see there and I’ll comment on it.
CAMEROTA: What do you think would be the motivation?
SUNUNU: I don’t think there’s anything there. So you’re implying —
CAMEROTA: Why would they meet?
SUNUNU: Because during the ten weeks everybody is trying to meet somebody who is going to be in the administration — everybody who’s involved in business, everybody who is involved in politics. I can’t tell you how many people tried to meet with me between the time I was named chief of staff…
CAMEROTA: Did you meet with a Russian banker?
SUNUNU: No but I had breakfast with the vice president at the Russian embassy and but a lot of folks there started talking to me.
CAMEROTA: Would you have carved out time to meet with a Russian banker with ties to Vladimir Putin if he asked?
SUNUNU: I’m not even sure what would have happened. First of all, Putin wasn’t there. Look, you’re asking hypotheticals on hypotheticals.
CAMEROTA: I’m trying to actually take your temperature. I’m trying to gauge your comfort level with all of this.
SUNUNU: My comfort level? The only discomfort I have is with folks in the media trying to create a venality without having the courage to specifically tell me what venality I should be concerned about is. I don’t have — I don’t have venality. Do you?
CAMEROTA: You should be concerned if there was collusion.
SUNUNU: I don’t see any evidence of collusion. Do you?
SUNUNU: Okay. So that should end your reporting right there. You should put an explanation point after your no.
CAMEROTA: I understand. But we’re at the beginning of the investigation.
SUNUNU: You’re seven months into the investigation.
CAMEROTA: Not exactly. Robert Mueller has just taken over.
SUNUNU: So it is a new investigation?
CAMEROTA: No Look that’s not exactly fair, Governor.
SUNUNU: The Obama investigation went on for the last…
CAMEROTA: To do this, to handling this so it gets away from all the partisan bickering. It is just starting in that regard.
SUNUNU: Can I ask a question? If Mueller comes out and says that my version is correct and yours isn’t, how much crow are you going to eat?
CAMEROTA: Governor, I don’t have a version of events.
SUNUNU: Of course you do.
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Dems Don’t Want Carter Page to Testify, Because He ‘Blows Away Their Case’
(CNSNews.com) – President Trump used his Twitter platform on Wednesday to draw more attention to the ongoing “witch hunt” into all things Trump and Russia.
His focus this morning was Carter Page, identified by Trump as one of his foreign policy advisers during the campaign.
“So now it is reported that the Democrats, who have excoriated Carter Page about Russia, don’t want him to testify,” Trump tweeted. “He blows away their case against him & now wants to clear his name by showing ‘the false or misleading testimony by James Comey, John Brennan…’ Witch Hunt!”
In a May 29 letter to the House intelligence committee, printed in the Washington Examiner, Page reiterated his “eagerness to have an open meeting” with the committee as soon as possible.
“I have learned from your Committee staff on this Memorial Day holiday that I might not be immediately afforded the opportunity to address the false or misleading testimony by James Comey, John Brennan, et al, as per our previously scheduled appointment for next week,” Page wrote.
“In the interest of finally providing the American people with some accurate information at long last, I hope that we can proceed with this straight dialogue soon.”
Among other things, Page told committee leaders he wants to refute all the “nonsensical lies” told about him by various senior Obama administration appointees.
“For this reason, I hope that my future testimony might be allowed,” he wrote.
Page said given his “decades” of direct work in and research on Russia, “I am used to the extraordinary bigotry and xenophobia which has recently escalated to fevered proportions today at the behest of the Clinton-Obama-Comey regime and its devotees as well as including much of the mainstream media.
“In light of the historic levels that this hysteria has now reached, I believe that I may be uniquely positioned to help clear up some of the severe misunderstandings that unwitting Obama Administration officials such as Comey have showered upon your Committee of late.”
Page reportedly is among the people secretly monitored by the FBI because of his contacts with various Russians. Page told Fox News last month that he never discussed sanctions or anything of substance with his Russian contacts.