A Sunday MSNBC panel wasn’t letting President Donald Trump off the hook when it comes to the revelations continuing to slowly drip from the faucet of scandal.
“You generally don’t lie about things if you’re not worried about hiding them,” said former Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Little. “If I put my investigator’s shoes on I see that as smoke. If I’m the Republican communications director, I don’t want to believe that there was collusion here, but the Trump family and those around it are acting like there was, and I think it will trip them up time and time again.”
Former CIA analyst Tara Miller agreed, saying that the Trump family is creating a very obvious pattern of behavior that investigators will follow.
“We’ve seen a pattern of misleading information about the meeting with the Russians,” Miller explained. “I think by the end of this week Congress should have more in terms of documents and a lot more in terms of testimony from [Jared] Kushner, [Paul] Manafort and Donald Trump Jr., not just about the meeting itself which is clearly problematic, but pattern of basically non-transparency and that’s where the administration has gotten itself into a lot of problems. Non-transparence about the SF-86 form is a big issue. It’s a particularly big issue when you’re in the administration and campaign associates are under investigation about one of the very issues at the crux of the SF-86 form.”
She went on to walk through what she calls a “pattern [of] misleading information” on meetings the campaign and Trump family had with Russians as well as the lack of information we still have on what happened in the meetings.
“I think you make a good point of following the money and Mueller will do that, and there’s a look interest the digital operations and how perhaps the Russians knew to micro-target certain areas during the campaign,” Miller continued. “We don’t have the evidence of collusion and the investigation is under way and there clearly are bits of evidence and there’s clearly a lot of smoke and clearly lots of dots that hopefully the investigation, if there is something to be found, will connect and find.”
She noted that the actions taken over the last year reveal at the very least a “pattern of hiding significant information about contacts to Russia.”
Speaking out in support of the Trump family and administration, Brian Darling, founder of Liberty Government Affairs, claimed that the investigation is a “fishing expedition and a witch hunt in one sentence.”
However, host Thomas Roberts wasn’t having it.
“Brian, it started out, ‘I’ve never had any contact with the Russians’ and ‘I don’t know any Russian,'” Roberts said citing the initial claims by the Trumps. “Then it turns out that everybody — it’s like a where’s Waldo, with Sergey Kislyak. They’ve all had contact, in some way, shape or form. They have Jared Kushner trying for a back channel so they can have communications with Russia that cannot be picked up by the NSA and then we find out there’s this meeting with Trump Tower and the email revealed by Don Jr. himself that promised dirt on Hillary Clinton. So, are you just willing to pass a blind eye to what might be right in front of your face?”
Little claimed that he sees the evidence and that it doesn’t stack up to anything because they never actually got any dirt on Clinton as promised.
“It was a bait and switch. They never had the information,” Little said.
“The fact they took the bait shows there was a willingness and we don’t know what transpired during that meeting and we don’t know what happened during that meeting,” Miller explained.
Watch the panel discussion below: