The Devils In The Details
As the Paul Manafort trial gets under way you can be sure that the psychological manipulation of facts by Donald Trump has also begun. While this trial is not about the collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign it serves to set the tone for the Special Counsel investigation of the Russian governments interference in the 2016 presidential election and its deadly seriousness.
It will be important to remember the facts of this case, as one of the many tactics used by the Trump administration is to lie, obfuscate, and redirect attention away from the truth. This practice has been in play since the early days of Trumps election campaign and has been introduced gradually into the narrative wearing us down, making us doubt the truth.
I was reminded of this recently during the Helsinki Conference where our President attended a press conference with President Putin. During that conference a Reuters reporter Jeff Mason, asked if President Putin wanted President Trump to win the election and did he direct any officials to help him do that? That was the question we all saw and heard Putin answer. Yes, I did, Yes, I did, Putin said, because he talked about bringing the US/Russia relationship back to normal.
When I first heard this on July 16, 2018 I honestly didn’t make much of it. The press jumped on it as an admission by President Putin as to absolute collusion by Russia in our elections. I was somewhat annoyed by what seemed like an over reaction to his response as someone else was talking at time the question was asked, and could have been misunderstood. But then came the altering of the official white house transcript of this key exchange. As reported on the Rachel Maddow show, not only was the text altered, so was the video released by the White House on YouTube. The Russian Video completely scrubs the whole exchange. Very Curious…
Uri Friedman, of the Atlantic was the first to report this and it took nine days for the exchange to be corrected on the White House Transcript. Just a technical glitch the White House reported – perhaps… Or another attempt at diversion.
You be the judge.
Video recordings by MSNBC as reported on CNN
Video recordings released by White House on YouTube
Altered Text from White House
TRANSCRIPT: Transcript as posted on whitehouse.gov, July 17,2018. This transcript drops the original question regarding ”Did you want President Trump to win the election”? That question would have been the line following the long rambling statement by Putin before Line 347.
From Line 343 – 346: PRESIDENT PUTIN: So we have a solid reason to believe that some intelligence officers accompanied and guided these transactions. So we have an interest of questioning them. That could be a first step, and we can also extend it. Options abound, and they all can be found in an appropriate legal framework.
From Line 347: Q And did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?
From Line 348 – 349: PRESIDENT PUTIN: (As interpreted.) Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S.-Russia relationship back to normal.
Keep Your Eyes On The Details
When the President of the United States says, “What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.” (VFW annual convention), we should all make it our business to know what is really happening.
A great resource that keeps track of all the moving parts in a very comprehensive interactive timeline at Everything We Know About Russia and President Trump