MSNBC contributor John Podhoretz agrees new evidence has emerged to suggest a link between Russian intelligence and President Donald Trump — but he said there’s still no smoking gun.
The conservative commentator said evidence showed Trump parroted Russian propaganda themes during the 2016 presidential campaign, although there’s still no direct link between the Republican candidate and Kremlin intelligence.
“The information we’ve got last week (is) the first substantive narrative that suggests that something that started with Russian intelligence ended up coming out of Donald Trump’s mouth,” Podhoretz told “Morning Joe.”
Trump associates Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi promoted themes that came out of emails stolen by Russian hackers, and the GOP nominee amplified those efforts on the campaign trail in the final weeks before the election.
“Now, that doesn’t mean, again, that Trump himself knew that the information had been gotten through the hacking of the DNC emails,” Podhoretz said. “But it is, after all this time, a pathway between Trump through Stone to Russian intelligence.”
Podhoretz said the standard of proof needed to sway Trump’s strongest supporters was impossibly high.
“I think any absence of an actual, you know, smoking gun charge that Trump was working in the service of Russian intelligence, the Trump base will believe this is a political witch hunt and that (Robert) Mueller is serving, you know, sort of the interests of the media, the interests of liberals,” he said.
“There’s some sense of which, assuming that Mueller cannot close the circle,” Podhoretz added, “what you’ll have is a pattern of everyone around him being nailed in some fashion for lying, for saying the wrong thing, for lying about the contacts with Russia, but Trump saying they are saying, I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do it. I had no part in this.’ And without proof, you know, that is reasonable doubt, in my view.”
This billionaire Republican governor has been sued dozens of times for millions in unpaid bills
Raymond Dye had a buildup of blood behind his left eye that prevented him from seeing. David Polk had an abnormal heartbeat, and his wife had high cholesterol. Roger Wriston’s wife had a bad back.
All the men had worked for a collection of coal companies owned by Gov. Jim Justice and his family, which had pledged to provide health insurance after the miners retired. Last year, though, the retirees learned that those firms had stopped paying their premiums. And as a result, their coverage had been terminated. Polk skipped doctor appointments.
‘Recipe for disaster’: NC doctor slams Trump’s hopes for a packed GOP convention as ‘an incredibly bad idea’
A North Carolina strongly cautioned his state's governor from caving in to President Donald Trump's wishes for a packed Republican National Convention.
The president has threatened to move the RNC this summer from Charlotte if Gov. Roy Cooper did not ease coronavirus restrictions to allow for a full-scale event, but a local physician told WCNC-TV that Trump's plan was unreasonable.
"What do we know about infections?" said Dr. Jeffrey Galvin, of the Vitality Medical Wellness group. "Infection requires two things, exposure plus time."
Trump wants to pack 20,000 Republicans, journalists and others into Spectrum Center in August, but Galvin said infected people shed small amounts of the virus every time they breathe.
Trump Tower’s profits magically grew by $3 million in 2010 — which helped them borrow another $73 million
A decade ago, loan filings showed Trump Tower in New York City had a reported profit of about $13.3 million. But when the tower refinanced its debt soon after, the profits for the same year — 2010 — somehow appeared higher. A new lender listed the profits as $16.1 million, or 21% more than they had been recorded previously.
The next year’s earnings for the building also “improved” between the two filings. Profits for 2011 were listed as 12% higher under the new loan than the old, according to reports by loan servicers and data provider Trepp.
ProPublica uncovered the Trump Tower discrepancies by examining publicly available data for mortgages that are packaged into securities known as commercial mortgage-backed securities, comparing the same years in reports for different CMBS. If a bank had held onto the loan, instead of selling it to investors, such information would have been kept private. No evidence has emerged that the Trump Organization was involved in changing the profit figures.