Dem Rep Says Putin Has Something on Trump

Presents no evidence when pressed

December 20, 2019

Rep. Norma Torres (D., Calif.) said on Friday that Russian president Vladimir Putin has compromising information on President Donald Trump but provided no evidence when pressed about it.

CNN anchor Brianna Keilar asked Torres why Trump has appeared to side with Putin and believe Ukraine intervened in the 2016 election.

"I am afraid that Vladimir Putin may have something on the president, and it is the reason why the president has continued to play the handmaid to Vladimir Putin," Torres said.

"You said you think that Putin may have something, meaning compromising information, kompromat, as it's said in Russia, on President Trump? Do you have proof of that? Is there something specific that you're thinking of when you say that?" Keilar asked.

Torres offered no evidence for her claim but argued it is the only explanation.

"There is no other reason why President Trump continues to capitulate to what Putin is telling him," Torres said. "He doesn't do that with anyone else. He doesn't do that with his advisers. He doesn't do that with his American ambassadors who are providing him information, who have told him time and time and time again ... that this is nothing but Russian propaganda, that he continues to not believe our own intelligence over Putin."

Robert Mueller's investigation into the 2016 election concluded there was no evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 election.