7 Things Trump Did That Media Insists Are Mere ‘Distractions’ From Russiagate
Don’t be fooled by the Trump administration’s evil, manipulative plan to divert attention from the country’s most pressing issues, like Stormy Daniels
May 15, 2018 By Joseph A. Wulfsohn
President Trump has redefined the news cycle. Breaking news occurs so often from this administration that events that took place a week ago feel like an eternity past. However, the mainstream media managed to see through Trump’s corrupt agenda and declared that much of the breaking news is meant to distract the American people from the things that matter most, like Robert Mueller and Stormy Daniels.
So don’t be fooled by the Trump administration’s evil, manipulative plan to divert attention from the country’s most pressing issues, like whether Michael Cohen violated campaign finance laws. Below is a list of several distractions Trump and his minions have concocted, uncovered by the incredibly astute members of the mainstream media.
1. The Release of American Prisoners From North Korea
Don’t think for a second that President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo simply rescued the three Americans who were held captive in North Korea out of the kindness of their hearts. As CNN International’s John Vause and Senior White House Correspondent Jeff Zeleny pointed out, this was clearly to “distract attention” away from the Russia investigation and the Daniels scandal. How dare the president free U.S. citizens from a living hell.
2. Withdrawing From the Iran Nuclear Deal
For years, President Trump has talked about pulling the United States out of the Obama administration’s “disastrous” Iran nuclear deal. But despite it being one of the biggest campaign promises of the election, Trump knew retroactively that he would have to save it for a rainy day.
Just ask “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski, who questioned whether Trump’s decision to withdraw from the deal was simply to “deflect” from something else. She’s definitely on to something.
3. The U.S. Airstrike on Syria
In the wake of the sickening chemical attack Syrian President Bashar al-Assad committed on his people, the Trump administration struggled over how they should react. Doing nothing might show weakness, while doing something might get the United States involved in another conflict in the Middle East.
So the administration launched an airstrike with France and the United Kingdom. But there must have been a screening of the 1997 film “Wag The Dog” recently, because MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, CNN commentator Ana Navarro, and “The View” co-host Joy Behar all agreed that Trump only bombed Syria so that none of us talk about Michael Cohen. You know what they say: great minds think alike.
4. Trump’s Announcement He Would Meet Kim Jong-Un
We’ve come a long way since President Trump taunted “Little Rocket Man” Kim Jong-Un on Twitter last fall, but it gained lots of attention in early March when he announced he was going to meet with the North Korean dictator in the coming weeks. But that didn’t fool Joe Scarborough, who said “of course it’s a deflection” from the Daniels scandal. Such a genius.
5. Appointing National Security Advisor John Bolton
President Trump has not had the best of luck with his national security advisors. Gen. Michael Flynn resigned within weeks of having the job after being swept up in controversy, and H.R. McMaster seemed to never gel with this president.
After weeks of rumors of McMaster’s departure, Trump announced on Twitter that he had chosen former United Nations ambassador John Bolton to serve as his national security advisor. But CNN media analyst Brian Stelter noticed something fishy: Trump’s announcement came on the same day that ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal was going to appear on his network to dish about her alleged affair with Trump. That’s the ticket!
6. Trump’s Feud With The NFL
Last year, President Trump escalated his rhetoric towards the National Football League as players continuously kneeled during the national anthem. Ultimately, the American people sided with the president, as ratings and attendance plummeted throughout the 2017 season.
However, MSNBC’s Laurence O’Donnell masterfully connected the dots to see that the president’s feud with the NFL was all to distract from the fact that his top advisors (and children) Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner both have used their private emails. Lock them up!
7. Trump’s Retweet of an Anti-Hillary GIF
Our president can be very provocative on Twitter. Not only does he make news for his early-morning tweets, he also makes news for some of his retweets, including the one of a comically edited GIF of himself hitting a golf ball that knocks over Hillary Clinton as she’s stepping onto a plane.
Never-Trumper Bill Kristol cracked the code, knowing the president retweeted that GIF so he could get people to talk about her instead of the Russia investigation. We need to take away the president’s Twitter account immediately!
Obama officials set for Senate grilling on Russia, as Comey stands up committee
May 16, 2018 By Brooke Singman
The Senate Intelligence Committee is preparing to question top Obama administration intelligence officials behind closed doors on Wednesday on their explosive assessment that officially accused Russia of meddling in the 2016 presidential election to boost then-candidate Donald Trump.
The committee, led by Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., invited former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan, former National Security Agenda Director Michael Rogers (who retired earlier this year) and former FBI Director James Comey.
Comey, though, plans to skip the closed-door session Wednesday due to a “previously scheduled engagement,” his attorney said.
“This gives staff the month of August in all likelihood to wrap up our investigation and for staff to work intensely while we’re out of here and not getting in their hair.”
Comey, who was fired last May, has been on a media blitz in recent weeks promoting his memoir, “A Higher Loyalty,” in which he is highly critical of now-President Trump.
Burr and Warner, who are leading the panel in investigating Russian meddling and coordination with Trump campaign associates in the 2016 presidential election, hope to wrap up their probe by the end of summer.
“This gives staff the month of August in all likelihood to wrap up our investigation and for staff to work intensely while we’re out of here and not getting in their hair,” Burr told reporters last week, referring to Senate members being on summer recess.
The U.S. intelligence community assessment titled “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections,” was released just two weeks before Trump’s inauguration in January 2017—the heat of the transition between the administration of former President Barack Obama and the new Trump administration.
The report was an unprecedented collaboration among the nation’s leading intelligence agencies to examine whether Russia had any influence on the 2016 presidential election. The report was drafted with the help and expertise of Clapper, Comey and Brennan, among others.
Among its findings was that Russian President Vladimir Putin “ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election” – and “aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him.”
Trump, throughout his presidency, has defended himself, his administration and his campaign against allegations that they colluded with Russia during the election period, calling the investigation a “Witch Hunt.”
But on the other side of Capitol Hill, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence led its own investigation into the allegations, releasing its findings in a 250-page report and closing the majority-led probe last month. Democrats on the committee vowed to continue their investigation.
The GOP-authored report found “no evidence” that the Trump campaign “colluded, coordinated or conspired with Russia.”
The panel investigated the “Steele dossier,” noting that the now-infamous multi-page memo of salacious accusations against Trump was paid for as opposition research by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
The report included some questions about the actions of Obama administration officials. The committee found that Clapper provided “inconsistent testimony to the committee about his contacts with the media, including CNN.” Clapper is now a CNN national security analyst. Clapper’s response wavered on his communications with the media, initially denying any contact, and later admitting to discussing the contents of the dossier with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Clapper defended himself earlier this year, saying that his contact with the media did not occur “until after I left the government on the 20th of January.”
The closed-door session comes nearly one year after the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report
A new report alleges that former CIA Director John Brennan included claims from the dubious Steele dossier into President Barack Obama’s Presidential Daily Brief — without disclosing the source of the allegations.
“Brennan put some of the dossier material into the PDB [presidential daily briefing] for Obama and described it as coming from a ‘credible source,’ which is how they viewed Steele,” a source close to the House probe told Real Clear Investigations reporter Paul Sperry.
“But they never corroborated his sources,” the source added.
The allegations began to reach the PDB after Obama ordered Brennan to produce a report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, just one month after President Donald Trump won the White House. In January, both Obama and Trump were briefed on the Intelligence Community’s findings.
Brennan’s actions appear to contradict former DNI chief James Clapper and fired FBI Director James Comey’s claims that details of the dossier were unclassified, despite being a part of the highly classified PDB.
In February, Brennan was ensnared in the House Intelligence Committee Republicans’ investigation into the “origins” of the Steele dossier. The former spy chief was asked to complete a questionnaire concerning his possible role in the sourcing and dissemination of allegations detailed in the unverified dossier.
Brennan testified to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) in May 2017 that he had “no awareness” that Steele existed.
Brennan also told House investigations that the dossier was “not in any way used as the basis for the intelligence community’s assessment” of Russian interference in the 2016 election.