Fox's Brit Hume: Even if the Trump campaign did collude with Russia, “it’s not a crime”

Fox's Brit Hume: Even if the Trump campaign did collude with Russia, “it’s not a crime”

BRIT HUME (HOST): [Special counsel Robert Mueller has] hired several lawyers who have made contributions to the Democratic Party, and would appear, at least on the surface, to be Democrats and perhaps Democratic partisans.

[…]

HUME: It’s worth noting, I think, that this investigation has never been officially described as anything other than a counterintelligence investigation, which is to say that its purpose was to find out the extent of the Russians’ attempts to interfere in the election and influence the election. It was not therefore a criminal investigation, and has never been described as a criminal investigation. Do we all now believe it has now become a criminal investigation?

BOB WOODWARD: Well, we reported in The Washington Post that it is, and these investigations, as you well know, they mushroom, they grow—

HUME: They can.

WOODWARD: Well, they almost inevitably do.

[…]

JENNIFER GRIFFIN: We’ve heard about the grand jury in Alexandria that has been called. So they are looking into criminal–

HUME: But what crime? Can anybody identify the crime? Collusion, while it would be obviously alarming and highly inappropriate for the Trump campaign, of which there is no evidence by the way, of colluding with the Russians. It’s not a crime. So are we talking about here the president’s firing of Comey being and obstruction of justice? And they got a grand jury on that? Is that was this is about?

Previously:

Sean Hannity: If Trump campaign communicated with and asked Russia to release hacked emails, “is that a crime?”

Collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia probably would have been illegal, contrary to conservative claims

Seven ways pro-Trump media and fake news purveyors have smeared James Comey and Robert Mueller

NY Times‘ Savage: The “Trump-industrial-media complex” is “trying to discredit” Mueller and the Trump/Russia probe

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Fox's Brit Hume: Even if the Trump campaign did collude with Russia, “it’s not a crime”

Trump Asks 'Why No Action?' Amid Questions About Obama's Response To Russian Meddling

Trump Asks 'Why No Action?' Amid Questions About Obama's Response To Russian Meddling

The president tweeted Saturday evening questioning his predecessor’s response after a bombshell Washington Post report about the previous administration’s decision-making about how to counter Russia.

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Trump Asks 'Why No Action?' Amid Questions About Obama's Response To Russian Meddling

Federal Medicaid Funding Cuts Under Senate Health Care Bill Puts Pressure On States

Federal Medicaid Funding Cuts Under Senate Health Care Bill Puts Pressure On States

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with Julie Rovner, Chief Washington Correspondent at Kaiser Health News, about the Senate GOP health bill and what it could mean for programs funded by Medicaid.


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Federal Medicaid Funding Cuts Under Senate Health Care Bill Puts Pressure On States

The Unaffordable Care Act

Obamacare is a disaster, and Trumpcare, or Ryancare, is here to fix it. But the initial response of states is, “Are you kidding me?” They have been down the ‘states do it better’ road, and they know that it usually means ‘you deal with it.’

Seems that the medical community feels the same way. Not one medical association has endorsed the AHCA. Most have denounced it outright.

The voters have already given their representatives an ear-full about taking away the ACA. Representatives returned from their districts with only bad news about the mood of the people. It’s only Obamacare if you aren’t in need of the coverage. and then it’s a lifeline.

Regardless, the GOP insists that the ACA is broken, and they have introduced a bill they say will fix it. The trouble is the bill fixes it by forcing a lot of people off of healthcare. The is not a healtcare bill. It is a tax cut.

Another golf trip

Trumpcare does not seem to be all Donald Trump promised. In fact, the numbers are so bad that he seems to be distancing himself from the fray. He endorses it, of course, but leaves the fighting to Congress. He is above the fray. That makes it easy to blame Congress when the voters react angrily. See how it works? He only creates success, and blames other for his failures.

The GOP Argument

The excuse for this tax cut is that hard-working Americans are suffering under the burden of taxes, and cutting programs like Medicaid will lessen that burden. We are not sure how, except to force the poor into emergency rooms, which is the most expensive way to care for people. They are not going to die at home. They are going to forgo medications and get sicker. Your taxes will not go down.

States Are Not The Answer

The other argument harkens back to those ‘engines of innovation’, the ones that brought you drug-testing for food stamps, and Stand Your Ground. The fault in this argument is easily seen by visiting your state capitol. In most cases your state representative is the biggest dufus that represents you, or is second only to your local school board. States are mostly the engine of dysfunction, and giving them the reins of Medicaid was tried by none other than Jan Brewer, who may statistically be the most prolific mass murderer in the history of the nation. We will never know the true cost of cutting funding in Arizona, but we do know the result was not better healthcare. If you are lucky enough to find competence at the state level, you are lucky indeed. Most are not.

Healthcare is not a right

Neither is clean water, but it certainly makes for a better life. There are a lot things in the Constitution that are not rights. Like the right to bear arms if you are not in a militia, but lets not go there.
There are necessities and healthcare is one of them. Education is another, unless you prefer life in Mad Max movie. Most don’t. We want our children to grow up in a society that protects them, nourishes them intellectually, and provide the safety they deserve, and that includes healthcare. Healthcare is not a right. Healthcare is a necessity.

Carrier Steelworker Responds To Movement Of Jobs To Mexico

Carrier Steelworker Responds To Movement Of Jobs To Mexico

NPR’s Audie Cornish talks with T.J. Bray, a steelworker at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis where President Trump said he saved over 1,000 jobs. Last month, Carrier told the state that 600 people will be laid off, and those jobs will be transferred to Mexico.


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Carrier Steelworker Responds To Movement Of Jobs To Mexico