Things went wrong for Trump when Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) was asked about the existence of transcripts confirming the Trump campaign’s communications with Russia. Instead of answering that there are no transcripts, Cotton refused to discuss them.
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SEN. CHRIS COONS, D-DE., FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE: There are transcripts that provide very helpful, very critical insights into whether or not Russian intelligence and senior Russian political leaders, including Vladimir Putin, were cooperating, were colluding with the Trump campaign at the highest levels to influence the outcome of our election.
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WALLACE: As a member of the intelligence committee, sir, is that true?
COTTON: I would prefer not to discuss what transcripts may or may not be available because that would reveal what we do and do not know, and our capabilities of knowing those things. And I would just leave it at that.
WALLACE: But you stand by your statement that you’ve seen no evidence of collusion?
COTTON: I do.
Chris Wallace tried to help Cotton clean up his answer with the follow-up question, but Cotton’s answers don’t add up. It would be much better for Trump and the Republican Party if Cotton would have answered that there are no transcripts. The Senator from Arkansas answer that he wouldn’t talk about whether or not transcripts existed was an admission that transcripts do exist.
It is possible for Cotton to say that nothing he has seen suggests collusion, because he may not have seen the transcripts yet. Thus, Tom Cotton’s answers raise more questions than they answer.
If transcripts didn’t exist, Republican defenders of the President, like Sen. Cotton, would be all over television decrying the claim that there are transcripts.
Fox News and Cotton screwed Trump by basically confirming the existence of transcripts.
Even when Republicans and their friendly media outlets try to tamp out the Trump/Russia, they always end up starting a new blaze.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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