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Kurtz: How to Trump fuels cover the Manafort test version
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the current Paul Manafort study, as it refers to Müller Russia is investigation and how President trump is keeping the mainstream media on their toes.
As the former Chairman of the campaign, the study is in the Robert Mueller investigation, President Trump went yesterday, distancing themselves from Paul Manafort and call for the entire probe to be switched off.
What was striking is that he asked Jeff Sessions, to do it, although the attorney General recused himself from the Russia-study in the last year—a step the further to the wrath of the President.
“This should stop a terrible situation and Minister of justice, Jeff Sessions, this is not Manipulated witch-hunt now, before the stain further more to our country. Bob Mueller is completely contradicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats who will do his dirty work is a disgrace for the USA!” (No, I don’t know how the 13 evil Democrats was 17.)
In an interview yesterday, Rudy Giuliani said to me that “no order followed, or will follow,” the President’s tweet, his “opinions” and that no one will be confused.
“He has not said said anything other than I said” on the air, which is that “the investigation should be completed,” the President of the lawyer.
When I asked how Trump could even suggest that the meetings act because the attorney General recused himself, Giuliani said: “I think he’s talking more of the generic Ministry of justice,” and that “it would have told Rosenstein,” the deputy attorney general may be, to take such measures.
Trump knows that for meetings to pull the plug on the Miller operation, a huge political firestorm. He knows, without a doubt, for sessions that would destroy for this step, after it said it would be unethical for him as a former campaign Deputy to Russia to supervise probe, the AG of credibility. So is it possible that Trump is just venting on his Twitter platform, to try to discredit, Müller and his team.
White house officials have argued for a year that the media spend too much time on their Russia-obsession, while short-changing deal with such developments as the European Union and 4.1 percent growth of the GDP.
This is often true—but the President is driving the coverage of the investigation with his frequent Twitter-attacks. The same is true for Giuliani and his latest TV blitz. Trump is very much the former mayor wants to be there, but that the creatures of the endless cable debate segments on what he said (such as the denial of a pre-meeting in front of the Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer, if no one talks about it, whether it was one).
Giuliani told me in an interview that he did, so to speak, when trying to the New York Times from such a story (which the paper was never the case). And then, he said, “I thought it would anyway in a less reputable publication, so I wanted it to be.”
The Manafort study is a classic case study. Of course it is big news that the man who ran Trump’s campaign, during a key period in the year 2016 will be tried for fraud and a lie.
But the words “Trump” and “Russia” not the courtroom have been mentioned in Alexandria. The Manafort prosecution has virtually nothing to do with the campaign. He is accused of not paying taxes on millions of dollars from the Ukraine and the fraud of the banks, once that money spigot has been truncated—plus such a crime against nature, such as the purchase of a $ 15,000 ostrich coat.
The President weighed in with his hardly knew-the-guy tweet: “Paul Manafort worked for Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole, and many other very prominent and respected political leaders. He worked for me for a very short period of time. Why not have the government tell me that he was under investigation.”
And there was this: “looking back on the history that was treated worse, Alfonse Capone, the legendary mob boss, killer and public enemy number One’, or Paul Manafort, a political effect & Reagan/Dole darling, now in solitary confinement, the convicted although serve, nothing? Where is the Russian collaboration?” (Manafort is in jail because a judge decided he violated the conditions of his bail.)
Now, it is true, the Manafort test version (the first two) is a test for Müller, whose attempt would be tarnished if he loses these cases. And the critics may a lobbyist ask the question, why Trump hired a veteran Washington, it turned out that the questionable character.
And yet, Manafort study is rather boring, with a certificate of the bank loan and tax documents, with the only real drama is whether his former deputy Rick Gates—who pleaded guilty and is cooperating—will be witnesses against him.
But with the President tweeting about Paul Manafort and Al Capone, he was a bright shock shone light on the attempt to find journalists, to ignore the impossible.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.