John McCain is reclaiming his title of “media’s favorite Republican.”
Since last fall, he has been a consistent critic of Donald Trump.
And now he’s pushing a conspiracy theory that has the press salivating.
McCain is jumping aboard the Trump-Russia conspiracy theory train.
In a recent interview, he made cryptic remarks about Trump’s connections to Moscow.
“In an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union,” McCain said he was troubled by a number of things involving Russia, including the Republican Party removing from its official platform a call to provide defensive weapons to Ukraine.
“Clearly, it was not the will of most Republicans,” the Arizona Republican said. “There’s a lot of aspects with this whole relationship with Russia and Vladimir Putin that requires further scrutiny, and so far I don’t think the American people have gotten all the answers. In fact, I think there’s a lot of shoes to drop from this centipede.”
No evidence of wrongdoing has emerged.
And all of the known contacts between Trump officials and the Russians have been legitimate activities.
The Russian ambassador would not be doing his job if he wasn’t meeting with advisors — to one of the major candidates for President to sound out their philosophy and policies — so his country would have a better understanding of the direction U.S. policy may head.
And some of these meetings took place after the election.
The media is attempting to create controversy surrounding routine meetings by omitting context and filling their stories with innuendo.
“A growing list of contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials has emerged in recent weeks. National security adviser Michael Flynn resigned after misleading Vice President Mike Pence and the American people about the contents of his communications with the Russian ambassador during the transition. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from Justice Department investigations related to campaigns following reports that he failed to disclose during his confirmation hearings two past meetings in 2016 with the same ambassador.
Jared Kushner, J.D. Gordon, Carter Page and Walid Phares, each of whom has ties to the president, have also met with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.”
McCain joined this chorus when he tried to walk back his comments.
He was forced to acknowledge he wasn’t pointing a finger of guilt at anyone.
Politico also reported:
“This whole issue of the relationship with the Russians and who communicated with them and under what circumstances clearly cries out for an investigation,” said McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee. “But I would also point out we should not assume guilt until we have a thorough investigation. I’m not judging anyone guilty.”
McCain’s charged remarks – offered without any proof of evidence– added to the media firestorm surrounding the non-existent Trump-Russia scandal.
But the media and Trump critics don’t care about the truth or proof.
They see an opportunity to damage Trump and his agenda and they’re diving in full bore.