While Republicans have been busy lately trying to question the credibility and impartiality of the FBI, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and anyone else who might dare to investigate President Trump, they cannot seem to respond when asked direct questions about the actions of Trump campaign officials during the 2016 election.
Ohio GOP Congressman Jim Jordan was on CNN Wednesday morning and was asked if he thought Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with Russian officials at Trump Tower in 2016 was “treasonous.” Rather than respond, Jordan replied with this:
“Well, I think he’s been questioned about that meeting. What I want to know about that meeting is, why was the Russian lawyer meeting with Glenn Simpson, the Fusion GPS founder, both before and after the meeting Donald Trump Jr. had with the Russian lawyer? Why did that take place? I think there’s lots of questions that need to be answered.”
See how Jordan tried to change the subject rather than answer the question? Host Poppy Harlow wasn’t about to let Jordan slide, again asking if meeting with Russians might be treasonous. Jordan began to squirm, telling her:
“What I think we need to do is get — like, look — why did they only release 375 text messages of the 10,000…”
Harlow cut off Jordan and reminded him:
“I just asked you a different question! That’s not what we’re asking you.”
But Jordan failed to respond a third time, commenting:
“What I’m saying is, I think there are lots — in fact, we’re doing some tweets this morning on a number of questions that need to be answered. I think there are all kinds of questions that need to be answered.”
Finally, Harlow dismissed Jordan with this cutting remark:
“It sounds like you don’t think it needs to be answered, about whether or not this meeting was treasonous or unpatriotic. Is that right?”
Is meeting with Russians an act of treason? Republicans used to think so (i.e. the Rosenbergs), but these days they’re too busy trying to protect their orange savior.
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