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Jennifer Rubin asks an important question: “What about the Russia lies?”

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Jennifer Rubin writes in the Washington Post:

Jack Goldsmith’s assessment in the Atlantic of President Trump’s damage to our democratic institutions includes this:

Donald Trump is a norm-busting president without parallel in American history. He has told scores of easily disprovable public lies; he has shifted back and forth and back again on his policies, often contradicting Cabinet officials along the way; he has attacked the courts, the press, his predecessor, his former electoral opponent, members of his party, the intelligence community, and even his own attorney general; he has failed to release his tax returns or to fill senior political positions in many agencies; he has shown indifference to ethics concerns; he has regularly interjected a self-regarding political element into apolitical events; he has monetized the presidency by linking it to his personal business interests; and he has engaged in cruel public behavior. The list goes on and on.

He has also lied. A lot. The sheer volume of the lies — 1,145, by Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler’s count — has been breathtaking. But it is the gravity of some of them — the self-serving lies on which he ran and on which he governs — that should not go unnoticed by the public or by Congress.

The biggest lie of the campaign, one on which some would say he turned his campaign into a fraud, was his declaration that he had “nothing to do with Russia.” He repeated that line during the campaign and continued to tweet and tell the same lie during his presidency. “I have had dealings over the years where I sold a house to a very wealthy Russian many years ago. I had the Miss Universe pageant — which I owned for quite a while — I had it in Moscow a long time ago,” he told NBC’s Lester Holt in May. “But other than that, I have nothing to do with Russia.” We now know that Trump was pursuing a gigantic deal for Trump Tower as he ran for president, refusing to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin.

And he helped his son lie about the June meeting with Russian officials, according to news reports. The Post reported:

The extent of the president’s personal intervention in his son’s response, the details of which have not previously been reported, adds to a series of actions that Trump has taken that some advisers fear could place him and some members of his inner circle in legal jeopardy.

As special counsel Robert S. Mueller III looks into potential obstruction of justice as part of his broader investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, these advisers worry that the president’s direct involvement leaves him needlessly vulnerable to allegations of a coverup.

“This was … unnecessary,” said one of the president’s advisers, who like most other people interviewed for this article spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations. “Now someone can claim he’s the one who attempted to mislead. Somebody can argue the president is saying he doesn’t want you to say the whole truth.”

During the campaign, Trump denied he had pursued a moneymaking venture with America’s most formidable international foe. When evidence of contact with his son emerged, during an investigation into his Russian connections, he helped draft a false cover story. . .

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Written by LeisureGuy

12 September 2017 at 4:36 pm

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