Well isn’t this conveeeeeeeeeeeeenient.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, spoke to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Sunday and made the “stunning” (I use the term loosely) claim that individuals associated with Hillary Clinton’s team met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Obviously, this calls for an investigation IMMEDIATELY. Just kidding. This is Hillary we’re talking about, so it’s totally fine.
“This is his job,” Peskov said of Kislyak’s discussion with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. “He was talking about bilateral relations, about what is going on in the United States, so we have a better understanding in Moscow.”
“This is what happens all around the world,” he added.
Of course, it wasn’t so much that Flynn spoke with the Russian ambassador. He didn’t keep Vice President Mike Pence in the loop. That was the central issue. Peskov went on to say that individuals associated with Hillary’s campaign spoke to the Russian ambassador as well.
“Well, if you look at some people connected with Hillary Clinton during her campaign, you would probably see that he had lots of meetings of that kind,” Peskov said. “There are lots of specialists in politology, people working in think tanks advising Hillary or advising people working for Hillary.”
All in all, the Kremlin believes America is only embarrassing itself by obsessing over “Russian interference” in the U.S. election.
“The fact that Russia is being demonized in that sense comes very strange to us,” Peskov said. “And we are really sorry about that. Because the whole issue takes us away from getting the situation to a better position.”
“Quite unexpectedly, we were in the position where Russia became, shall we say, a nightmare for the United States,” he continued. “You are self-humiliating yourself to say that a country can intervene.”
“America, a huge country – the most powerful country in the world, with very, very stable political traditions, and you say that a country can easily intervene and easily influence your electoral process? This is simply impossible,” he added.
The bottom line, according to Peskov? The Russians “have never had, and never will have, any intention to intervene in another country’s affairs.”
Ehhhhhh. No one believes that. I’m no fan of Russia, so I take that with a grain of salt. But the point still stands. According to Peskov, members of Hillary Clinton’s team established contact with the Russians, and I’m just over here wondering why no one’s calling for a giant investigation. I mean, that’s what we do now, right? Arbitrarily call for investigations into anything related to the Russians? Or does that only apply to individuals associated with Trump? (We all know the answer to that.)
This entire conversation reminds me of the sweet little answer former Hillary campaign manager Robby Mook gave MSNBC after he was asked if anyone from Hillary’s team had any contact with the Russians. I think his exact words were, “I think it’s important to step back and not look at this as a question of whether people were meeting with foreign officials,” which translates to a “yes” in my book.
Talk about selective outrage.