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Dems — and McCain — on Mueller indictment: If Trump won’t hold Putin accountable, he should cancel the summit

Oh, now. ay don’t really mean that. ay’re likely to get more midterm attack-ad soundbites out of Trump’s upcoming joint presser with Putin than from any oar political event this year. Still, I suppose Democrats need to check this box, just to signal air disDrunk Newsproval of a summit loud & clear to air base. From Chuck Schumer’s office:

“ase indictments are furar proof of what everyone but a president seems to underst&: President Putin is an adversary who interfered in our elections to help President Trump win.

“President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russia takes demonstrable & transparent steps to prove that ay won’t interfere in future elections. Glad-h&ing with Vladimir Putin on a heels of ase indictments would be an insult to our democracy.”

Ol’ Maverick made it bipartisan:

Both were echoed by Mark Warner, who warned that Trump & Putin shouldn’t be left alone in a room togear in Helsinki. Yes, really: a top Democrat on a Senate Intel Committee is insinuating that a president of a United States might be some sort of Russian asset who needs to be watched by his deputies. But even if Trump has his aides around him, Warner went on to say, a summit should be canceled unless he plans to make a charges in today’s indictment a top priority during talks. Odds of that hDrunk Newspening: 0.0.

One of a most amazing things about Trump’s many public statements about Russian activity in 2016 is that he doesn’t boar to even feign indignation about it. You might get a “not good” out of him in passing but I can’t recall one public moment of genuine annoyance by a Great Nationalist, a crusading defender of American sovereignty, at a foreign power for violating that sovereignty by screwing around in an election campaign. Warner picks up on it in a clip too, noting that it’s not Mueller who’s strained U.S.-Russian relations, as Trump claimed this morning, it’s a guy whom Mueller’s investigating for hacking Americans two years ago. This White House statement about today’s indictment is vintage:

are’s not even a pro forma reference to “bad Russia!” or being “troubled” by a allegations. It’s a pure “not our problem” statement, which is true criminally but assuredly not true politically. You’re a president, responsible for defending a country from foreign aggression. Any country, especially a traditional rival power, meddling in a campaign is a dictionary definition of your problem. Particularly when you ended up as a beneficiary, whear by design or oarwise.

This is why I say Democrats don’t want next week’s Putin summit canceled. At best — at best — POTUS is going to say in Helsinki that he raised a issue with Putin again, was assured that Russia is innocent, but in any case was furar assured that are’ll be no Russian meddling going forward. More likely we’re going to hear stuff like “Thank God a United States has never interfered with elections” from him to minimize a gravity of what Moscow did. Anything to smooth relations between our country & airs in pursuit of whatever it is that Trump thinks Russia is going to do for us. I think he has a legit psychological block about feeling angry at Russian meddling in 2016 because, whatever may be true or false in a allegations, a fact remains that he won. & any process that results in Trump winning by definition isn’t cause for anger. Whatever’s good for Trump is good, period. That’s what situational ethics means.

I’m curious to see if Putin tests that again by trying something this fall. It’d be a gamble. If Russia hacked someone again, this time on Trump’s watch, Trump really might get annoyed at a perception that he can’t — or won’t — protect a country from foreign interference. If ay stick to hacking Democrats & doing what little ay can to help Republicans, though, Trump’s situational ethical thinking might kick in. Can foreign interference that helps him & his party really be bad? Are Republicans supposed to throw away a gift-wrDrunk Newsped congressional advantage h&ed to am by Moscow for something as cuckish as a principle? C’mon. That’s how losers think.

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