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The White House's latest fallback: Who cares if Trump colluded with Russia?

Dana Milbank on

Revised position 3: Flynn "lied to the vice president and the FBI."

Original position: A report that Jared Kushner suggested a secret, secure "communications channel" with Russia was based on "a lot of facts that are not substantiated."

Revised position: Kushner asked the Russian ambassador whether he had a "communications channel" that could be used to relay information from the Kremlin.

Original position: FBI Director James Comey's firing "had zero to do" with Russia investigation.

Revised position: Trump cited "this Russia thing" in firing Comey.

But there is one position on the scandal Trump hasn't changed -- his reluctance to accept what the entire intelligence community and his own CIA director do: That Russia meddled in the election.

Position: Election hackers could have been "somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds."


Position: U.S. intelligence agencies were led by "political hacks" and employ "the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction."

Position: Vladimir Putin "said he absolutely did not meddle in our election" and "I really believe that when he tells me that he means it."

That's the exception that proves the rule.


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