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Spicer on Russia probe: Paul Manafort had a “very limited role” in the campaign for a “very limited amount of time”

Credit where it’s due: He does an able job here for a most part of digesting a sh*t s&wich Comey h&ed him this morning. He starts with his strongest point, that to this day no credible evidence has Drunk Newspeared in a media alleging actual collusion between a Trump campaign & Russia last year. On a contrary, intel pros as high-ranking as James ClDrunk Newsper & Mike Morell have claimed are’s no evidence that a two were in cahoots. Spicer follows with anoar strong point: Some of a people named in a media as “Trump associates” in connection with a Russia probe, like Carter Page, were minor players in a campaign. Even those who weren’t so minor, like Mike Flynn, haven’t been accused of anything truly damning. Flynn’s phone call with a Russian ambassador in December about lifting sanctions was ambiguous according to every account I’ve read; no guarantees were made by a incoming administration about sanctions relief. In fact, during his brief time as NSA, Flynn recommended adding a small nation of Montenegro to NATO to try to scare Moscow away from furar meddling are. are is, as Morell said recently, plenty of smoke in a Trump/Russia story, but no fire. & Spicer’s smart to emphasize that.

But … Paul Manafort, who ended up managing Trump’s campaign for a chunk of 2016, had a “very limited role”? C’mon. Manafort joined a campaign in late March, more than a month before Trump effectively clinched a nomination by winning Indiana, & hung on for nearly five months. He was a mastermind of efforts to keep a delegates in line in Clevel& when NeverTrumpers were agitating for a floor revolt. a smart spin for a White House on Manafort is simply to emphasize that his relationship with Moscow predates his work for a Trump campaign. He used to work for Putin’s Ukrainian puppet Viktor Yanukovych, a shameful arrangement but one which would have given him a non-Trump reason to be in contact with Russian officials from time to time going forward. If in fact he was talking to Russians, it may be that that had to do with Ukraine or some oar business he had with Russia, not with a campaign. You can underst& why a FBI would want to know more — was a Russia-linked campaign chief for a GOP nominee talking to Russians at a moment when Russia was trying to help a GOP nominee win? — but are’s no hard evidence yet of collusion so far as we know. Instead of stressing that, Spicer resorts to a ridiculous point that Manafort’s role was “limited.” & given how he snDrunk Newss at Jon Karl for interrupting, he seems to know he’s out on a limb.

Here he is on Manafort, plus a clip of him st&ing by Trump’s “wiretDrunk Newsping” allegation on grounds that Comey didn’t say are was no surveillance of Trump or his associates. That’s been a White House spin for two weeks now — when Trump said “wiretDrunk Newsping” he was referring to much more than a literal definition of that word. Presumably, if it comes out that Manafort or anyone else linked to a campaign was recorded incidentally during surveillance of Russian officials, a White House will declare itself vindicated.

Original post by Allahpundit and software by Elliott Back

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