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The Atlantic reports that Reuters reporter Jeff Mason’s question to Putin was edited out of the White House transcript. What was the original exchange?

Putin (replying to previous question): That could be a first step, and we can also extend it. Options abound, and they all can be found in an appropriate legal framework.

Mason: President Putin, did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?

Putin: Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S.-Russian relationship back to normal.

However, the White House transcript, um, abbreviated the exchange as follows:

Putin: That could be a first step, and we can also extend it. Options abound, and they all can be found in an appropriate legal framework.

Mason: And did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?

Putin:  Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S.–Russia relationship back to normal.

The edit excises the damning question about helping Trump win the election. The omission completely changes the meaning of the exchange, and makes it look like Putin acknowledges doing something legitimate and diplomatic, instead of admitting to hijacking the Presidential election from the American people.

In addition, Rachel reported tonight that on the video on the WH website, the same part of the reporter’s question is edited out. They’ve removed the evidence!

You can hear it already — “Of course no one admitted any election interference; just read the transcript and watch the video for yourself! No collusion! No collusion!”

Collusion, meet Obstruction of Justice.

Obstruction of Justice, meet Collusion.


Updating to add link to video of Rachel’s segment about this:

 

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  1. Agent Orange, AKA Trump, is once again attempting to alter the truth that the entire world has seen firsthand and fully digested. These almost imbecilic efforts to clean up the mess that is his distinctly tainted election prove that he is definitely not the intellectual giant that he claims to be. The evidence is crystal clear to the American people that do not wear blinders and who are realistic about the president and the current political climate in this country. Trump has no reservation when it comes to lying and he demands that republicans believe his version of the truth at all times ; no matter how far from the truth his version may be. Strangely enough, republicans can hear the lies spewed by Trump on a daily basis and then tell themselves that Trump was telling the truth and should be believed no matter what. I wonder how republicans that choose to stand by Agent Orange, sleep at night knowing that they are almost choking on the volley of lies that their president keeps shoveling. Is it possible that republicans have become the dumb ones in America and their myopia allows them to regularly ignore the many glaring truths? Help me to understand so I can have something truthful and plausible to tell my children and their children about the man known as Trump.

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