Russian ‘names are incredibly hard’: Reporter fears Trump probe too complex for his supporters to grasp
A Washington Post reporter suggested the growing Russia scandal is simply too complicated for many Americans to follow.
MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson interviewed Trump supporters in central Virginia for a segment that aired Wednesday morning, and those voters said they were aware of the story but not terribly concerned about its implications, reported Mediaite.
“Everybody has said there is nothing illegal about what he did,” said Trump voter Lori Valantiejus. “It might have been a stupid choice, but we all make stupid choices.”
Ashley Parker, the Post‘s White House correspondent, told Jackson that reporters continued breaking significant news in the scandal, which remains under investigation by Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller — but the story was tough for many readers and viewers to follow.
“In a way, it’s understandable that Russia is not the most trenchant issue — it’s not related to their day-to-day lives, if they can drop their kids at daycare, if they can put food on the table and it’s very complicated,” Parker said. “These names are incredibly hard to pronounce, there’s lots of confusing connections, there’s now eight people (at a 2016 with Trump campaign officials), they dripped out one by one — I mean, there is not an easy narrative to take stock of.”
Mediaite accused Parker of suggesting voters were “too stupid” to follow the Russia probe, but her observation comports with what prosecutors feared in another case involving the Kremlin-linked lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr.
U.S. attorneys reached a $5.9 million settlement in May in a massive money laundering case involving Prevezon Holdings, which was represented by Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, after prosecutors determined the risk was too great that jurors would get lost in the labyrinthine details.
“This was so complicated there was a real risk of the jury not understanding what was going on,” The Daily Beast reported in a Tuesday explainer of the settlement. “The fraud prosecutors would have to prove would be primarily shown in documents, translated from Russian. There was a real risk of losing the jury.”