President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that the sentencing hearing for his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, provided evidence that he did not collude with Russian operatives.
Speaking with reporters at the White House, Trump said he had “no idea” when special counsel Robert Mueller would be finished with his investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.
“I can only tell you one thing, again, that was proven today. No collusion. There’s no collusion,” the president said, after Manafort received an additional 43 months in prison.
“There’s no collusion and there hasn’t been collusion and it was all a big hoax. And you know it. It was done and stated by the Democrats, because they lost an election that they should have won, because the electoral college it’s a big advantage for Democrats, not for Republicans. And they should have, and I ran the clock out.”
“We ran the whole thing, ran up the east coast from North Carolina to Pennsylvania. Then we go up to Wisconsin and Michigan, states that hadn’t been won for many, many years. We won those states,” Trump continued.
“And they said, how do we solve this horrible problem. We lost an election that in theory some people — I didn’t, but some people thought they were going to win, right? And they said, I have an idea. Let’s blame Russia. It was a hoax. It was all a big hoax.”
“You don’t call Russia when you go to Florida. Russia won’t help you much,” Trump concluded.
Trump’s lenders forgave hundreds of millions in debt — but he paid virtually no taxes on it: NYT
On Tuesday, The New York Times released the latest in a lengthy series about their findings within President Donald Trump's tax returns — this time, how he managed to punt or avoid millions of dollars in debt from constructing the Trump Tower in Chicago, while still not paying taxes on the amount he was forgiven.
"The president’s federal income tax records, obtained by The New York Times, show for the first time that, since 2010, his lenders have forgiven about $287 million in debt that he failed to repay. The vast majority was related to the Chicago project," reported David Enrich, Russ Buettner, Mike McIntire, and Susanne Craig. "How Mr. Trump found trouble in Chicago, and maneuvered his way out of it, is a case study in doing business the Trump way."
Militia leader denies that flying a Confederate flag is racist in NBC News exposé
On MSNBC's Deadline White House Tuesday, correspondent Cal Perry spoke with a militia leader in Kentucky who denied that carrying a Confederate flag was a form of racism.
"There are photos of you carrying Confederate flags," Perry said.
"Some people don't. People in my group are Puerto Rico, Blacks, Cubans, I've got a mixture," said Tara Brandau of the National Patriotic Defense Team militia.
White House science office boasts Trump ‘ended’ COVID-19 pandemic
On Tuesday, Politico reported that the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy is touting "ending the COVID-19 pandemic" among the list of supposed accomplishments of President Donald Trump's first term.
"The list, included in a press release from the Office of Science and Technology Policy, credits the administration for taking 'decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease,'" reported Brianna Ehley. "It’s the latest inaccurate claim from the administration on the severity of the pandemic, which Trump has downplayed throughout his reelection campaign, and as Vice President Mike Pence’s office is dealing with an outbreak."