While it is pretty common knowledge that President Donald Trump is an ineffective leader, he does excel at a one thing: creating distractions from more important news. After the House Intelligence Committee ended their Russia probe, claiming there’s on evidence of collusion, Trump went on Twitter rants about firing his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Attorney and investigative freelance journalist Seth Abramson took to Twitter to explain how Trump’s self-created drama is a way of distracting Americans from the insanity of the House Intelligence Committee ending their probe:
Amazing we’re covering Trump’s Twitter firing of Tillerson and his idea for a “Space Force” and not the news Mueller witness Papadopoulos claims Jeff Sessions was a Trump co-conspirator on Russia beginning in March 2016 at the latest. He knew Trump sought to meet Putin secretly.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) March 13, 2018
(Below are the tweets from Abramson)
2/ If George Papadopoulos is correct (and he certainly has every reason not to lie, now that he’s under a plea deal) Mueller has Sessions on several counts of perjury and the AG is in fact, as I’ve been saying for some time now, one of the top targets in Mueller’s investigation.
3/ If Sessions agreed with Trump on a secret Trump-Putin meeting on March 31, 2016, he not only lied about his reaction at that meeting but also had the requisite knowledge of his actions, state of mind, and intent to commit perjury *multiple times* in testimony before Congress.
4/ Let’s face it: Trump can get the media to cover whatever story he wants; they apparently have no ability to independently gauge the importance of individual stories and triage them prior to reporting them out to the American people. And that’s why Trump won in the first place.
5/ Tillerson was always going to be fired—as he was never going to let himself to be a Trump lackey (he’s smarter and more confident than Trump). The “Space Force” idea is just a brain fart. Trump and Cohen ignoring Daniels’ offer and what Papadopoulos said to Mueller *matters*.
Because Trump is so very, very good at saying stupid things, he’s an absolute master at getting the media to cover the stupid things he says. But what exactly is Abramson referring to in his Twitter thread?
Former Trump policy adviser George Papadopoulos told investigators that Trump “personally encouraged him” to set up a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This is according to Michael Isikoff and David Corn in their new book, Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump. Since pleading guilty in October 2017, Papadopoulos has been cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller and his team in the Russia Probe.
While talking with Mueller, Papadopoulos infomred him that on March 31, 2016, during a foreign policy meeting, Papadopoulos told Trump he could set up a meeting with Putin, which Trump thought of as “interesting”. Per Yahoo News, “Trump looked at Sessions, as if he expected him to follow up with Papadopoulos, and Sessions nodded in response, the authors write.”