Friday, July 14, 2017

NBC -- Hottest Question on the Hill: Would You Meet With a Russian?

Robert Reich, a leader in the resistance movement promoting the removal of President Trump from office, responds:

If you were running for public office, would you take a meeting with someone you were told was spearheading a Russian government plan to boost your campaign and had dirt on your opponent he wanted to share?

Republicans all over Washington are being asked this question now, and it's become an awkward one for them to answer -- even though the law is clear. Accepting such information is illegal.

A. “I don’t answer hypotheticals.” (That’s the answer Paul Ryan and several other Republicans have given.)

B. "I think many people would have held that meeting," Trump the president said yesterday. "Many people and many political pros said everybody would do that." 

C. “No!” (Republican Senator Orrin Hatch).

D. “I'd call the FBI.” (Senator Lindsey Graham).

Yesterday, Graham pushed Trump's nominee for FBI Director, Christopher Wray, to say whether candidates should reject such overtures and alert law enforcement. “You’re going to be the director of the FBI, pal,” Graham said at Wray's confirmation hearing. “So here’s what I want you to tell every politician: If you get a call from somebody suggesting that a foreign government wants to help you by disparaging your opponent, tell us all to call the FBI.”

Watch Republicans carefully over the next weeks. If their support for Trump wanes, Trump is on the way out.

By Benjy Sarlin