Trump tries to reverse ‘Russia ties’ claims on ‘hypocrite’ Schumer
Schumer fired back, saying that the meeting was in “full view of press and public.”
Trump posted a photo of Schumer and Russian President Vladimir Putin eating doughnuts during Putin’s visit to New York back in 2003. “A total hypocrite!” Trump wrote.
Schumer immediately fired back, saying the meeting was in “full view of press and public,” and that he is ready to talk about the event.
Happily talk re: my contact w Mr. Putin & his associates, took place in '03 in full view of press & public under oath. Would you &your team? https://t.co/yXgw3U8tmQ— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 3, 2017
And for the record, they were Krispy Kreme donuts.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 3, 2017
Trump also asked for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to be questioned over her ‘close ties to Russia.’ Pelosi earlier claimed that she has never met Kislyak. However, a file photo, found by Politico, allegedly from 2010, shows her sitting at a table with the Russian ambassador.
I hereby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it. https://t.co/qCDljfF3wN— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2017
Alleged Russian ties with US officials in the Trump administration has been a hot topic in the US media, with Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak in the headlines.
Kislyak was reported to have communications first with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and then with Attorney-General Jeff Sessions.
A CNN article from Thursday added fuel to the scandal, claiming that “current and former US intelligence officials have described Kislyak as a top spy and recruiter of spies.”
Sessions, however, denied any wrongdoing in meeting with Kislyak, saying the two brief encounters had nothing to do with the presidential campaign. He recused himself from any investigations into the campaign.
Schumer, meanwhile, called for Sessions’ immediate resignation.
Because the Department of Justice should be above reproach, for the good of the country, the Attorney General should resign.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 2, 2017
Trump described the scandal around Sessions as “a total witch hunt.”
...is all of the illegal leaks of classified and other information. It is a total "witch hunt!"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2017
The attorney-general is not the first official in the Trump administration facing allegations of having contacts with Russian officials. Earlier, Flynn stepped down as national security adviser after being accused by the media of discussing sanctions on Russia with Kislyak. Both he and the Russian Embassy denied the discussion ever took place.
On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the whole situation resembled the days of McCarthyism, “which we long thought have passed in the US, a civilized country.”