Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) said that this country is in the middle of a ‘Paul Revere moment’ where ‘the Russians are coming.’
Thats a bit much, don’t you think?
There’s one glaring difference between the two scenarios. In one scenario, the enemy actually was coming. In the other scenario, there’s no reason to believe that they’re coming.
Booker was speaking in the context of Trump firing Comey. He framed his answer in such a way as to suggest that evidence for collusion between Russia and Trump is overwhelming, and Trump’s firing of the FBI Director was just one way in which the President was trying to quash the investigation into himself. Here’s what he said:
SEN. CORY BOOKER: Well, look, I’ve been one of those people that had serious problems with Comey when he came to — the way he handled incidents leading into the election. But I was even on your show, I would not call for his being fired.
I think it’s very problematic when you have a president and an attorney general involving themselves at a time in the firing of an individual that was investigating, asking for more resources to investigate, not only to Russia’s attacks, cyberattacks, but also people that were part of the campaign — as Jeff Sessions was and, obviously, as candidate Trump was.
And so, this really have to get back to the focus of what’s going on right now, which is really a moment in American history where we’ve had an unprecedented attack on our elections and how are we as a nation going to respond. Donald Trump clearly has not taken this seriously, and what should be a Paul Revere moment for our country, where people are talking about the Russians are coming, they’re not intending not only to attack this last election but intending to continue this behavior, what will our response be?
And right now, it’s been wholly unsatisfactory from this administration.
First of all, there’s no evidence Comey ‘asked for more resources’ from the Department of Justice. Both the DOJ and the acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe – a Democrat – denied that narrative.
Second of all, while Comey has indicated that there is an investigation into Russian officials, there is no investigation targeting Trump.
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