Transcripts of closed-door testimony from a series of witnesses in front of the House Intelligence Committee seem to affirm the idea that a quid pro quo was in place between the US and Ukraine. He was ordered by a judge in New York to pay $2 million as restitution for using his Trump Foundation charity as a slush fund for his political interests. Elections in Kentucky and Virginia suggested Democratic momentum in 2018 hasn’t worn off. He lost an appeal to keep his taxes from being released. And on and on it goes.
And so it was a very frustrated President who greeted reporters Friday morning before jetting off to Atlanta. I went through the transcript of Trump’s remarks — they stretched for almost a half hour — and took note of some of his more outlandish lines. They’re below.
1. “I just told them I’ve got to come over and see the fake news. Let’s go.”
I feel like this suggests Trump reads my recaps of his press conferences and speeches. Speaking of which: And away we go!
2. “I’m not concerned about anything.”
3. “I mean, for the most part, I never even heard of these people. I have no idea who they are.”
This is, of course, an outlandish statement. Trump “has never even heard” of the former US ambassador to Ukraine? Give me a break.
4. “They’re some very fine people. You have some never-Trumpers. It seems that nobody has any firsthand knowledge. There is no firsthand knowledge.”
Ok, two things here. First, there is ZERO evidence that any of the people who testified in the…