He didn’t get the memo telling him to just pretend to be a guest.
A former CIA analyst, set host Joy Reid off when he appeared on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” armed with logic, information and props even.
At issue was — what else? — the Russian meeting Donald Trump Jr. took a year ago in Trump Tower that liberal media outlets have been focused on for more than a week — to the exclusion of almost everything else — despite that no one else cares.
Host Joy Reid spent the first minute of the segment recapping the events before asking, “Is that rookie mistakes or is that a pattern?”
Former CIA analyst Fred Fleitz didn’t see it as a pattern, and said it wasn’t credible that the Russian government would trust sensitive information being handled by British music publicist Rob Goldstone — who contacted Trump Jr. to set up the meeting.
“The question is whether this person would have been entrusted by the Russian government — here he is posing as Miss Universe — whether the Russian government would trust someone like this with sensitive information about efforts to undermine the US election,” Fleitz said as he displayed additional photos of Goldstone in silly costumes. He added that the Kremlin would never have “entrusted him with a sensitive intelligence operation.”
He managed to get that out despite repeated interruptions by the host.
MSNBC analyst Malcom Nance was given more latitude and said that the only reason Goldstone was used as a conduit was that he knew the Trump family.
The publicist “is not the player in this game,” Nance insisted. “He’s merely a communications conduit. And what [the Russians] would be using him for is to send in emails to Donald Trump Jr.”
Nance added that when the bait was dangled in front of Trump Jr., he “jumped at it hard” and claimed that it met the legal definition of “conspiracy” without mentioning what crime had been conspired.
Fleitz said Nance was missing the point.
“Mr. Pirate here was not sharing the details of a Russian operation to affect the election,” he said, displaying a photo of Goldstone dressed as a pirate.
Reid again jumped in an interrupted him at this point, and the debate became nearly indecipherable because she just kept talking over him.
“That’s an adorable picture,” she said. “It doesn’t change the fact that Paul Manafort … the son of the president of the United States and his brother-in-law … took a meeting.”
“This is a rigged interview,” he finally said. “Let me answer the question.”
When Reid ignored Fleitz, he concluded, “Oh, I see, so I can’t answer anymore?”
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