Trump: “Who would like to ask — should I take one of the killer networks that treat me so badly as fake news? Should I do that? Go ahead, Jon. Be fair, Jon.”
ABC’s Jonathan Karl: “Oh, absolutely.”
Trump: “Remember how nice you used to be before I ran? Such a nice man.”
Karl: “Always fair. Mr. President, can we get back to James Comey’s testimony. You suggested he didn’t tell the truth in everything he said. He did say, under oath, that you told him to let the Flynn — you said you hoped the Flynn investigation he could let — “
Trump: “I didn’t say that.”
Karl: “So he lied about that?”
Trump: “Well, I didn’t say that. I mean, I will tell you I didn’t say that. … And there would be nothing wrong if I did say it, according to everybody that I’ve read today. But I did not say that.”
[Ed. This is one for the history books: “I didn’t say that and… there would be nothing wrong if I did say it.” I’m gonna try that the next time my sister finks on me.]
Karl: “And did he ask for a pledge of loyalty from you?” …
[Ed – Karl got it twisted around, but you can follow it still.]
Trump: “No, he did not.”
Karl: “So he said those things under oath. Would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of those events?”
Trump: “One hundred percent. I didn’t say under oath — I hardly know the man. I’m not going to say, I want you to pledge allegiance. Who would do that? Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath? I mean, think of it. I hardly know the man. It doesn’t make sense. No, I didn’t say that, and I didn’t say the other.”
[Ed – Right about “100%”, you can hear the sound of lawyers all over the country shitting themselves. ]
Karl: “So if Robert Mueller wanted to speak with you about that you would be willing to talk to him?”
Trump: “I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you, Jon.”
[Ed – The Russian Usurper volunteering to sit down with a special prosecutor is 100% proof that this White House is filled with amateurs; they do not have this scandal under control.]
Karl: “And you seem to be hinting that there are recordings of those conversations.”
Trump: “I’m not hinting anything. I’ll tell you about it over a very short period of time.” …
Karl: “When will you tell us about the recordings?”
Trump: “Over a fairly short period of time. … Oh, you’re going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer. Don’t worry.”
My grandfather was a D.A., and as you know I was raised by lawyers. Our family dinners were always filled with legal advice and usually followed by cross examination (especially when we got to be teens). I think my grandfather would have eaten Trump alive, and my parents would have wept if they represented him.
How my parents would have advised Trump to answer: “I want to see this investigation conclude properly, and of course I will do whatever I can to help get there.”
The Russian Usurper isn’t under oath, and press conferences are not more than just words; his lawyer can clean that up. His lawyer could refuse to let his client testify, and of course the Russian Usurper could even fire Mueller.
BUT: make no mistake, his Russia-related brain farts are NOT being vetted by his legal team despite what his handlers claim. Every whinging tweet, every counter-punch, he is proving intent and we can take it to the bank that Mueller is going to be citing this stuff when they bring up charges.
What a buffoon, and in the words of Trumpland, he’s a moran.