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Kellyanne Conway: ‘Election deniers’ and ‘naysayers’ don’t understand Trump’s genius on Russia

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Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, said over the weekend that so-called “election deniers” and “naysayers” were wrong to complain about the new administration’s ties to Russia.

In an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, Conway defended Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who Trump has reportedly chosen for secretary of state in spite of his close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I think in the case of Mr. Tillerson, you see someone who is not a typical politician or even a diplomat, you see a successful businessman,” Conway opined. “This is the Trump effect. People who try to put Donald Trump in the conventional box are immediately and sorely disappointed.”

Agreeing with Conway, Bartiromo called the pick “savvy.” The Fox News host wondered, however, if Tillerson had “too good of a relationship with Vladimir Putin.”

“These are skills, not liabilities,” Conway insisted. “When you think about how he negotiates and how he deals with foreign leaders to get them to work with his American company, not against it. And of course, he’s an oil man. He goes where the oil is. That’s why you’ve seen him in places like Russia, China, Yemen, the developing world, certainly the Middle East.”

“Those critics and naysayers, I think, are partly the election deniers and partly folks who just were not anticipating such an unconventional possibility.”

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If Trump really believed he was falsely accused ‘that is not a corrupt motive’ for removing the special counsel: Bill Barr

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Attorney General William Barr told Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that if President Donald Trump really and truly thought he was being falsely accused of collaborating with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election, that it was "not a corrupt motive" for firing Robert Mueller, a stunning statement from the nation's highest law enforcement officer.

"As a matter of law, I think the department's position would be that the president can direct the termination or the replacement of a special counsel," said Barr. "And as a matter of law, the obstruction statute does not reach that conduct."

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2020 Election

Trump ‘shirking his duty to protect the country’ by ignoring Russia election threat: Ex-CIA agent

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Ex-CIA agent Evan McMullin told CNN on Wednesday that President Donald Trump was "shirking his duty to protect the country" by ignoring the fact that Russia plans to attack the 2020 election.

"He's shirking his responsibility to protect the country," McMullin said. "We are in a new era of information warfare."

"Countries can be defeated without a shot being fired," he went on. "We just learned from the Mueller report that the president was aware that we were undergoing, as a country, an information warfare attack during 2016. He sought to benefit from it."

"A lot of times we say 'look, the president's ego is wounded' when we talk about how the Russians attacked us, and may have helped him get elected," McMullin continued. "But I actually think that we are a little naive to buy into that narrative. I think that is a fig leaf for the president. How can we ignore that this president barely won the electoral college?"

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White House made it clear they were ‘trying to hide’ evidence from Mueller: Omarosa

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Omarosa Manigault, former political aide to President Donald Trump, told MSNBC Wednesday that the while the White House never "directly" ordered her to destroy documents related to the Mueller report, they made it quite clear they were "trying to hide" evidence.

"He wants to run out the clock," Manigault said. "He thinks he can run down the clock and that people will stop being concerned about it. We should really not just focus about what he is telling people to do or say, but how he's asked people to destroy documents, to destroy e-mails, in my case two boxes of campaign-related materials that the White House still has in their possession, that they claim they don't have or don't know what happened to it."

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