Donald Trump’s Rick Perry defense gets even stranger as he now claims that the Energy Secretary made him call Ukraine.
Geoff Bennett of NBC News tweeted:
NBC has confirmed this @axios report: Trump told House Republicans on Friday that he was urged by Energy Sec. Rick Perry to make his July 25th phone call to Ukraine's president, per two sources familiar. Trump told GOP members it was a call he didn’t even want to make. https://t.co/rknEbzwyso
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) October 6, 2019
The story had advanced from Trump trying to pin his impeachment on Rick Perry to Trump being an innocent victim of criminal mastermind Rick Perry who made him call Ukraine when he didn’t want to.
Keep in mind that Donald Trump is the president. Rick Perry is the Secretary of Energy who serves at Trump’s pleasure, which means that Perry works for Trump. Trump does not work for Perry. The story makes less than no sense.
Rick Perry didn’t make Trump call Ukraine. Trump called Ukraine as part of an organized shakedown operation to get them to investigate Joe Biden in exchange for military aid.
Trump is looking for a scapegoat, and he is floating Rick Perry because he needs someone to take the fall to save his presidency.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a 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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