CNN host Jake Tapper used the legal troubles of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to shut down the wild ravings of a Republican senator accusing the Democratic Party of colluding with the Russians.
The State of the Union host asked Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) about reports that President Donald Trump was investigated by the FBI for possibly being a Kremlin agent, only to have the senator launch a diatribe attacking Democrats and the FBI.
“I’ve not seen any evidence of collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia,” Johnson exclaimed. “I have seen evidence of collusion between Democrats and Russia with the Steele dossier. We still don’t have the information on that, so there are a host of questions outstanding on all sides of the issue.”
“What evidence?” Tapper attempted as Johnson spoke over him.
“The American people,” Johnson shot back. “We need the information on this so we can get past the innuendo and deal with facts because we have serious issues facing this nation and it’s not good we have this cloud hanging over any administration whether it’s this one or previous administrations or next administrations.”
“We know for a fact that Paul Manafort provided campaign data to Konstantin Kilimnik who has ties to Russian military intelligence — so there’s that,” Tapper interjected. “In terms of the collusion between the Democrats and —“
“We also know for a fact, we also know Democrats paid for the Steele dossier,” Johnson interrupted once again before proceeding to rant about corruption at the FBI as the CNN host looked on in puzzlement.
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