Former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks blasted President Trump late Monday after he appeared to side with Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence agencies, saying “his performance today will live in infamy as much as the Pearl Harbor attack or Kristallnacht.”
“It’s just as serious to me as the Cuban missile crisis in terms of an attack or the 9/11 attack,” Wine-Banks said during an appearance on MSNBC.
“The president is taking the side of the people who attacked us instead of trying to prevent a future attack. He has done nothing to make sure that the elections four months away are going to be safe and I would say that his performance today will live in infamy as much as the Pearl Harbor attack or Kristallnacht,” Wine-Banks continued, adding that the president’s performance is a “really a serious issue we need to deal with.”
“His performance today will live in infamy as much as the Pearl Harbor attack or Kristallnacht.”
– Fmr. Watergate Prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks on Trump’s comments at the Helsinki summit pic.twitter.com/pp5YuNw1pi
— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) July 17, 2018
The Hill added:
The president drew condemnation from the media and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle after he downplayed the Russian government’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election and slammed the special counsel’s investigation.
“The probe is a disaster for our country. I think it’s kept us separated. There was no collusion at all. Everybody knows it,” Trump said alongside Putin at a joint press conference in Helsinki, Finland, just days after special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.
When asked during the press conference whether he would condemn the Kremlin for election interference, Trump said he didn’t “see any reason why it would be” Russia.