Trump/Moscow

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Josh Marshall writes at TPM on the subject of Trump's repeated lies about his Moscow trip, noting that "I want to zero in on one point:"

The President repeatedly and demonstrably lied about his November 2013 trip to Moscow. This is the visit in which the 'pee tape' was purportedly recorded. There's no evidence in the memos that that tape exists or that the President spent the night with prostitutes. But again, he clearly and repeatedly lies about the trip itself, specifically how long he was there. This seems highly significant to me.

"There's ample evidence," writes Marshall, "that Trump stayed not one but two nights:"

In July 2017, Bloomberg News's Vernon Silver and Evgenia Pismennaya reported out a detailed reconstruction of the trip based on FAA records, social media postings and interviews. They showed clearly that Trump flew from North Carolina to New York on the evening of November 7th (Thursday) and then proceeded on to Moscow overnight and arrived sometime early on November 8th (Friday). He overnighted in Moscow. He was in Moscow all of November 9th (Saturday), the day of the pageant, and departed for New York early November 10th. For the details of how we know these facts, see the Bloomberg article. It is forensic in its detail.

Clearly, Trump lied about not spending the night in Russia. It's conceivable that he forgot he'd spent the night. But again, the whole idea is wildly implausible. He said he'd discussed the details of the trip with others. Surely they would have reminded him. And he stayed not one but two nights. Clearly, Trump was lying about this. He lied about it repeatedly to Comey. And Priebus's presence during one of the encounters strongly suggests he'd told this same lie to his senior staff.

And there's more.

Here's the rest of Marshall's take:

Conceivably, Trump was so adamant about denying the prostitute story that he poured on extra lies (not spending the night) to make his denial more plausible. But in any court, this lie would be entered as evidence of his lack of credibility on the main point. There's zero question he lied about this repeatedly and to multiple people. You can be the judge of why.

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