Dem intel member mocks Kushner’s ‘Opie Taylor naiveté ‘ defense prior to committee appearance
Appearing on MSNBC Monday afternoon, a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee scoffed at President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner’s statement that he was clueless about political matters when he attended a meeting with Russians tied to the Kremlin.
Speaking with host Chris Jansing, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Il) likened Kushner to Opie Taylor, the naive son of a a small town sheriff on television’s “The Andy Griffith Show.”
Asked about Kushner’s upcoming appearance before the intel committee on Tuesday, Quigley said there would be one big change.
“I look forward to the fact that he’s actually going to be under oath,” Quigley explained. “He kind of reminded me of my old criminal defense days. I will tell you this, though, in all those years naiveté or attempts at naiveté never seem to work. It’s almost an Opie Taylor-type innocent, a naiveté defense.”
“‘I didn’t know anything, I didn’t know anybody?’ Right,” Quigley said mocking Kushner’s excuses.
“He also suggests that he didn’t read the entire e-mail,” Quigley added. “He just happened to show up with Mr. Manafort, two of the most important people to Mr. Trump himself as anyone out there and they didn’t know what this was about?”
“They didn’t notice the Russians in the room?” he scoffed. “I mean, it doesn’t seem to work for me, and I do think it’s possible to be part of a conspiracy to collude and be naive in your attempts to do so.”
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