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Sat Jul 21, 2018, 01:42 PM

Graham: Biggest problem is Trump 'believes meddling equals collusion' [View all]

BY JOHN BOWDEN - 07/21/18 12:28 PM EDT

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asserted this week that President Trump is unable to distinguish between arguments that Russia interfered in the election and accusations that his campaign was in contact with Russia's government.

Graham told The Washington Post for a story published Saturday that Trump's inability to distinguish between the two assertions is based on his concerns that any acknowledgement of Russia's role in the 2016 election undercut his legitimacy as president.

“The biggest problem is that he believes meddling equals collusion,” Graham said. “Nobody else believes that. I think he’s very sensitive about going there because he thinks it undercuts his legitimacy.”

Trump faced sharp criticism from members of his own party, including Graham's top ally in the Senate, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), after he appeared to side with Russian President Vladimir Putin against the assessment of his own intelligence agencies on the scope of Russia interference in 2016.


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