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Alternative lies

14 4 20

The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter @Imran_Jan

I am borrowing from the “alternative facts” faux pas by Kellyanne Conway, referring to the number of people who attended President Trump’s inauguration ceremony. A story in The New York Times titled “FBI Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia” is creating furor regarding the Russian meddling in the 2016 American presidential election. The story argues that if President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in order to end or impede the Russia investigation, then that is a crime committed as well as a national security concern because the President of the United States might be working on behalf of the Russians.

Trump has vehemently denied the Russia scandal, which he has labelled as a “witch-hunt” but its cloud has hung over him since even before he took the office. The FBI counterintelligence investigators do not believe the President’s denials. They find more credibility in the report of former British spy........

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