On New Year’s Eve, Trump said he “knew things that other people don’t know” about Russian hacking and promised revelations by Tuesday or Wednesday. Today is Thursday.
In the interim, he derided what he called American “‘Intelligence’ on so-called ‘Russian hacking.'” And Trump cited Julian Assange as his authority on Russian hacking and the U.S. media. Senator Lindsay Graham describes Assange as a man “who has a history of undermining American democracy.”
While the world awaits Trump’s big reveal, the print edition of the Wall Street Journal carries this front page headline: “Trump Plans Spy Agency Overhaul.”
He can’t change the facts that cast a dark cloud over the legitimacy of his presidency, but he can appoint people who will bury them.
It turns out that the Jonathan Karl/Sean Spicer “Worst Interview of New Year’s Day” previewed the Trump Team’s latest Russian hacking denial/obfuscation/diversion strategy.
On January 1, Karl asked Spicer whether Trump would accept the unanimous U.S. conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russians had hacked the election. Spicer rambled about inadequate DNC cybersecurity and offered this false equivalence relating to one of the Democratic primary debates:
“Why aren’t we talking about Hillary Clinton getting debate questions ahead of time?”
Today, Trump tweeted:
“Somebody hacked the DNC but why did they not have ‘hacking defense’ like the RNC has and why have they not responded to the terrible things they did and said (like giving the questions to the debate to H). A total double standard! Media, as usual, gave them a pass.”
“Julian Assange said ‘a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta’ – why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!”
“@FoxNews: Julian Assange on U.S. media coverage: ‘It’s very dishonest.’ #Hannity ‘More dishonest than anyone knows.'”
Perhaps the the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments clause isn’t the only lurking legal problem for Trump:
“Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States…adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason…” (18 U.S.C. Sec. 2381)