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Vice President Mike Pence: “Hearing that story today was the first I heard of it. It’s the first I heard of it, and I think it is an affirmation of the president’s decision to ask General Flynn to resign.” 09 March 17

Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “I have now decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matter relating in any way to the campaigns for president of the United States.” 02 March 17

“As Attorney General, I am committed to a high level of discipline, integrity, and the rule of law to the Department of Justice, an institution that I deeply respect. Based on my evaluation, and for the reasons expressed by the Deputy Attorney General in the attached memorandum, I have concluded that a fresh start is needed at the leadership of the FBI. It is essential that this Department of Justice clearly reaffirm its commitment to longstanding principles that ensure the integrity and fairness of federal investigations and prosecutions. The Director of the FBI must be someone who follows faithfully the rules and principles of the Department of Justice and who sets the right example for our law enforcement officials and others in the Department. Therefore, I must recommend that you remove Director James B. Comey, Jr. and identify an experienced and qualified individual to lead the great men and women of the FBI.” 09 May 17

WH Chief of Staff Reince Priebus: “The New York Times put out an article with no direct sources that said that the Trump campaign had constant contacts with Russian spies, basically, you know, some treasonous type of accusations. We have now all kinds of people looking into this. I can assure you and I have been approved to say this — that the top levels of the intelligence community have assured me that that story is not only inaccurate, but it’s grossly overstated and it was wrong. And there’s nothing to it, its complete garbage.” 19 Feb 17

WH Press Secretary Sean Spicer: “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.” January 21, 2017

“[Trump] hasn’t given any indication that he’ll stop an investigation of any kind.” 21 Jan 17

“To start to look at some individual that was there for a short period of time, or, separately, individuals who really didn’t play any role in the campaign, and to suggest that those are the basis for anything is a bit ridiculous. To intimate that somebody who was there for eight weeks and definitely not there in the final three months of the campaign played some kind of lasting role that influenced…. My point is to suggest now that if you look at the final three months of the campaign, that none of the individuals in question that Democrats brought up over and over again today were affiliated with the campaign, to suggest that that somehow shows some kind of high-level collusion is a bit of a stretch to say the least.” 20 Mar 17

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy: “The Russians hacked the DNC and got the opp research that they had on Trump.” “There’s…there’s two people, I think, Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump… [laughter]…swear to God.” 15 June 16

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan: “The Russian’s hacked the DNC … on Trump and like delivered it to… to who?” “This is an off the record… [laughter]…NO LEAKS…[laughter]…alright?! [Laughter] This is how we know we’re a real family here. [Laughter] Ryan: What’s said in the family stays in the family.” 15 June 16

“He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.”
Poor Richard’s Almanac


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