Trump responded to reports that Special Counsel Jack Smith had evidence he committed crimes by confirming the information.
ABC News reported that a federal judge found that Smith had presented compelling evidence that Trump had committed crimes and willfully lied to his attorneys about being in possession of classified documents. The special counsel was able to present evidence that Trump committed crimes.
Trump’s campaign responded by blasting ABC for reporting the leak:
Trump campaign statement on fake ABC news story pic.twitter.com/bHVLFOqvEB
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) March 21, 2023
Trump complained that ABC was covering the leak, then lashed out at Russia and concluded by saying there was nothing against him.
The American people have seen this statement before. The first thing Donald Trump does when a story is true is call it false, and then he goes back to the original Trump/Russia scandal and concludes by repeating that the story is false while attacking the outlet that she reported.
Donald Trump essentially confirmed the story by attacking the information source. If the story wasn’t true, Trump could say the story was false or say nothing at all.
The first page of Trump’s playbook is to attack the report’s credibility, but every time he engages in this behavior he affirms the accuracy of the reporting.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association
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