The pile of evidence against Donald Trump and his insane Russia scandal has gotten so big that not even his own White House can defend him now. It seems that every time that Trump tries to distract from the Russia investigation or try to smear the FBI, it only makes him look worse.
This was blatantly obvious in today’s press briefing, which was held by Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah instead of Sarah Huckabee Sanders — and that proved to be a fatal mistake.
Not only was Shah over two hours late to the press briefing, but he completely failed Trump when he was asked to give reporters evidence of FBI bias outside of text messages. Shah was asked:
From the podium, Sarah said that those texts are evidence of political bias. Now, everyone has opinions, so is the — how is the view of the administration that persons who are not fans of the president should not be allowed to investigate him, and, also, can you point to any evidence other than the text messages that the investigation was conducted by people who were biased other than these texts? I mean, was there anything in the investigation?”
Shah’s response once again proved that the Trump administration’s best defense will always be silence. He pretty much threw Trump under the bus with his answer:
You bring up the issue that the president and others talked about within the administration about political bias and the FBI and the department of justice, and this predates this investigation. There’s a number of issues regarding how the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation was handled by the former FBI director and others in the FBI raised questions when it comes to the text messages that you reference. That’s not the considered judgment of the president or others, but it is the judgment of the special counsel who had him removed from the case because specifically citing political bias, so there’s a number of issues. There’s a department of justice inspector general report that we’ve heard about looking into the issue further.”
Basically, Shah didn’t have an answer — all he could do was regurgitate Trump’s old talking points about those text messages. And by not being able to give any additional information to incriminate the FBI, he let one of Trump’s only defenses crumble right before our very eyes.
As more Trump administration officials continue to speak on the Russia scandal, Trump’s cover becomes weaker every time. The White House has nothing substantial to defend Trump, and staffers like Shah clearly cannot take the heat. You can watch him destroy Trump’s cover below:
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 8, 2018
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