Gee… 2015 was so long ago, I can’t even remember… oh wait! Yes, I can. Remember Brian Williams being suspended for six months from his position as Managing Editor and Anchor of NBC Nightly News for “misrepresent[ing] events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003?” On June 18, 2015, he was demoted to ‘breaking news anchor’ for MSNBC. In other words, he lied for years and now he has the temerity to challenge President Trump’s attorney on “no collusion” as stated in the Mueller Report. Jay Sekulow proceeded to drop kick Williams with Mueller report quotes after that hubris.
Yesterday, Williams did journalistic gymnastics (something he is now known for) in order to try and shred Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the newly released redacted report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He failed miserably.
Williams invited Sekulow on his show and then went on to spring what I’m sure he thought was a trap. Not so much. He claimed that Barr misled the public by concluding that Mueller’s report found “no collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in election interference. Sekulow responded by reading directly from the report quotes where it plainly stated that it “did not establish” collusion.
“Counselor, thank you very much for joining us,” Wiliams began. “My first question, I’m afraid, is going to verge on plain English: Where did the attorney general get off with that characterization this morning, including four mentions that there was ‘no collusion’? What document was he reading compared to the one we’re left with?” Just wow – the left is never going to drop this no matter what the report actually says. Lying is forever on the left.
You’ve got to love Sekulow’s one-two punch here. He read directly from the second page of Mueller’s now publicly available lightly redacted report. “Well, page 2 of the document says, ‘the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,'” Sekulow read.
MSNBC's Brian Williams insinuates that there is no proof of "no collusion" in the Mueller Report.
White House lawyer Jay Sekulow cites the paragraph in the report Williams should focus on. pic.twitter.com/TSxYJzwTnI
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 18, 2019
From The Daily Wire:
“So it’s right from the document itself,” he added.
“Have you read Part 1?” asked Williams.
“I have read Part 1 and Part 2,” Sekulow replied.
“You find good news in here for the president and the administration?” asked Williams, suggestively.
“Sekulow answered by reading another direct quote from the report: “Page 181: ‘The investigation did not establish that the contacts described in Volume 1 [Section IV, supra],’ that’s the Russian contacts, ‘amounted to an agreement to commit any [substantive] violation of federal criminal law, including foreign-influence and campaign-finance laws.'”
“Sekulow then answered Williams’ loaded question directly: “Yeah, I think it’s a very good win.”
“Sekulow also appeared on ABC News with George Stephanopoulos to provide his “bottom line” on the Mueller report. Asked by Stephanopoulos, a former Bill Clinton aide, if he and his team had read all 400+ pages of the report, Sekulow explained that they had early access to it so they could fully review the document.
“The big picture, said Sekulow, is that the very reason the investigation was launched, the allegation of “collusion” with Russia, is repeatedly and “emphatic[ally]” dismissed in the report. “So you don’t have an overarching crime that was the beginning of this investigation, which was this collusion inquiry — there’s nothing there, they said, no evidence of collusion at all. And then they move to were there acts that were obstructive.”
“Sekulow then cites Barr’s summary of the obstruction findings, at which point Stephanopoulos stops him and says that Barr’s conclusions are different from Mueller’s. Stephanopoulos then read directly from Mueller’s report: “If we could determine the president did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state.”
“Right,” said Sekulow. “A prosecutor’s job is not exoneration. They either determine that there is a criminal act, or there’s not.”‘
— ABC News (@ABC) April 18, 2019
Game, set, and match to Sekulow. Do not try and entrap a renowned attorney like that unless you have a solid argument, logic, and facts on your side. Williams eventually gave up trying to twist Sekulow’s words. He was way out of his league as he so often is.
Did you know that Williams, who has been proven to have lied repeatedly throughout the Iraq War, has dubbed Attorney General William Barr ‘Baghdad Bill Barr’? He said that it would be logical for headline writers to compare Barr to an infamous propagandist for Saddam Hussein during the Iraq War. That’s rich coming from someone who had so much in common with ‘Baghdad Bob’. This is a tried and true leftist tactic… blame the enemy for what you are actually doing.
From Fox News:
“The MSNBC anchor took issue with Barr’s numerous statements clearing the president and his associates of Russian “collusion.” Turning to Joyce Vance, a former U.S. attorney under the Obama administration, Williams said collusion wasn’t a “term in the law.”
“Vance suggested that Barr used that term in order to appease the president. “It’s clear that as the attorney general, Bill Barr knows how to speak the president’s language,” she said.
“It is a sad day for all of us,” she said after claiming that Barr’s conduct weakened the public’s confidence in the Russia investigation’s outcomes.
“Her comments echoed those of many media figures who knocked Barr’s credibility in the lead-up to the Justice Department releasing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.”
Why does anyone listen to these losers? Williams is a serial liar and Stephanopoulos is a political tool. Asking for a friend. These people have no ethics and no sense of decency whatsoever. Williams and Stephanopoulos are the ultimate political useful idiots.
Trump responded to the release of the report during a ceremony with the Wounded Warriors Project at the White House. He said, “They’re having a good day, I’m having a good day too. It’s called no collusion, no obstruction. There never was, by the way, and there never will be.”