President Donald Trump on Thursday claimed that he has no knowledge of WikiLeaks following the arrest of its founder Julian Assange — in spite of his repeated praise for the organization on the campaign trail in 2016.
“I know nothing about Wikileaks,” Trump said. “It’s not my thing.”
Per pool, President Trump is offering his first reaction to the Julian Assange arrest: “I know nothing about Wikileaks. It’s not my thing.”
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) April 11, 2019
In January 2019, Business Insider noted that Trump publicly praised the infamous leak organization at least five times in the final months of his 2016 presidential campaign after it released internal Democratic National Committee documents that were damaging to Hillary Clinton.
“This WikiLeaks stuff is unbelievable,” Trump told a crowd in Ocala, Florida on October 12, 2016. “It tells you the inner heart, you gotta read it.”
The next day, he told supporters in Cincinnati that “it’s been amazing what’s coming out on WikiLeaks.”
Watch video of Trump saying he “loves” WikiLeaks in October 10, 2016 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania below:
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.