The famous Las Vegas tourism ad campaign slogan “What happens here, stays here” may have become part of the culture by inspiring an Usher song and the Hangover movies trilogy, but it does not seem to apply to conversations between a Russian operative and a billionaire New York real estate developer running for President.
Mariia Butina, 29, was arrested on Sunday for conspiracy to act as a secret agent of the Russian Federation within the United States.
Butina spoke with Donald Trump in Las Vegas in July of 2015, shortly after he began his presidential bid.
At the FreedomFest libertarian convention, the alleged foreign agent managed to get a favorable public response to a request to end “damaging” sanctions that were imposed after Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea.
The video was uncovered by Mother Jones magazine in March.
“I am visiting from Russia,” Butina told the candidate.
“Ahhhhh, Putin!” Trump replied. “Good friend of Obama, Putin. He likes Obama a lot. Go ahead.”
“My question will be about foreign politics,” Butina continued. “If you will be elected as president, what will be your foreign politics especially in the relationships with my country? And do you want to continue the politics of sanctions that are damaging of both economy [sic]?” Butina asked. “Or you have any other ideas?”
“I know Putin, and I’ll tell you what, we get along with Putin… I believe I would get along very nicely with Putin, OK?” Trump answered.
“I don’t think you’d need the sanctions. I think we would get along very, very well,” Trump said.
Ex-AG Matt Whitaker ‘pretty much acknowledges abuse of power’ in Fox News interview
The former acting Attorney General of the United States argued that presidential abuse of power is not a crime during a Tuesday evening appearance on Fox News.
“Abuse of power is not a crime,” Matt Whitaker told Fox News personality Laura Ingraham.
Tufts University Professor Daniel Drezner was fascinated by the admission.
"Interesting that Whitaker pretty much acknowledges abuse of power but doesn’t think it’s egregious," Drezner noted.
‘Abuse of power is not a crime’: Former acting AG Matt Whitaker makes a brazen claim on Fox News
Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told a Fox News audience that it is not a crime for President Donald Trump to abuse the power of his office.
Whitaker made the comments while complaining about "global elitists" during an interview with Laura Ingraham.
"What evidence of a crime do you have?" Whitaker asked, despite Trump, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and defense lawyer Rudy Giuliani all admitting Trump sought foreign election interference to help his struggling re-election campaign.
"Abuse of power is not a crime," the nation's former top law enforcement office argued.
Joe Biden apologizes for ‘partisan lynching’ comments about Bill Clinton’s impeachment
Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday apologized for comments he made saying impeachment could be viewed as a "partisan lynching."
The comments from a 1998 interview were reported after Biden said it was "abhorrent" and "despicable" for President Donald Trump to refer to impeachment as a lynching.
"Even if the President should be impeached, history is going to question whether or not this was just a partisan lynching or whether or not it was something that in fact met the standard, the very high bar, that was set by the founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense," Biden said in 1998.