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Rachel Maddow wonders out loud for anyone who might know the answer, why Robert Mueller got a protective order on evidence in the George Papadopoulos case just days before making a sentencing recommendation.
bY CRIMSON TAZVINZWA ~~ President Donald Trump has already reached an agreement with one top Russian government official, who appears to be in lockstep with the U.S. leader, at least on Twitter, over his assessment of White House-Kremlin relations.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov listens to Bolivian counterpart Fernando Huanacuni Mamani during their meeting in Moscow, Aug. 16, 2017.more + The Russian government has blamed the United States for the dire state of relations between the two superpowers for years, accusing it of launching unilateral sanctions, trying to stir up unrest in Russia and its former Soviet satellites and, most recently, of inventing the election meddling story.
Just hours before his first formal face off with Russian President Vladimir Putin in July, Trump tweeted, “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!”
And Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough found Trump’s statement frustratingly disagreeable and irritating.
Scarborough reacted: “In this case we have Rick Gates, Trump Campaign aide George Papadopoulos both cooperating with Mueller prosecutors, you have more than a dozen Russians indicted. What about Michael Cohen who is cooperating with Mueller investigation into whether President Donald Trump’ 2016 Campaign colluded with the Russians to discredit opposing candidate Hillary Clinton.
In a related story; during an interview Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week,” White House national security adviser John Bolton tried to explain the deeper meaning of Trump’s “rigged witch hunt” tweets.
“I think that what he’s suggesting is that his political opponents in the United States for well over a year and a half have been trying to say that somehow he’s a dupe of the Russian Intelligence Services, that he’s an agent of the Kremlin, that he’s been compromised by Russia, that he’s linked to Russia, that he takes orders from Vladimir Putin,” Bolton said. “I mean, really the conspiracies are about as obscure as you can imagine, just subjects of people’s imagination. That’s what he’s talking about.”