Former President Jimmy Carter has been looking for the fire behind the smoke as the media recounts allegations that President Donald Trump’s election in 2016 was the result of Russian tampering and collusion.
In an interview with Maureen Dowd of The New York Times, he made it clear that he has seen no evidence of any real impact.
“At the Carter Center,” he said, “we deal with Putin and the Russians quite frequently concerning Syria.”
That led Dowd to ask the former president if Russia stole the election for Trump.
“I don’t think there’s any evidence that what the Russians did changed enough votes, or any votes,” he said, noting that his wife, Rosalynn, disagrees.
Carter’s comment came days after CIA Director Mike Pompeo suggested that the truth of Russian interference is much less than advertised.
The “intelligence community’s assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election,” Pompeo said Thursday, as reported by CNN.
Pompeo has previously noted that Russian meddling is a constant in a world of cyber-threats.
In July, he said Russia sought to interfere in 2016 “and the one before that, and the one before that. They’ve been at this a hell of a long time.”
“We are at risk in 2018 and 2020. … We are always at risk,” Pompeo said.
Carter’s comments on Russia were seconded on Twitter.
👏 For once our second worst President said something 100% on mark 👏 Says Russia Did Not Steal 2016 Election https://t.co/D9HqPZlgeg
— Don R Hensarling 🔵 (@DonHensarling) October 23, 2017
democRAT president jimmy carter admits “ Russia had ‘ NOTHING ‘ to do with 2016 presidential election “
— mikelee (@mikelee5026) October 22, 2017
RT Pink_About_it "RT Pink_About_it: #ItTakesRealCourageTo
Be former prez Jimmy Carter & speak out abt:
-russia didn't hack elections
— DANIEL GLENN (@REALDANIELGLENN) October 23, 2017
During his New York Times interview, Carter was less than enthused over former President Barack Obama. When Dowd asked if he had the former president’s email address, Carter had a one-word reply.
“No,” he said.
Carter noted he chose a different path than Obama when his presidency ended.
“I don’t care if he gets rich or Clinton gets rich or whatever,” he said. “I don’t want to get into a bragging position; I’m not trying to do that. But I announced when I was defeated I was not going to be on corporate boards, I was not going to try to enrich myself with speeches. I was patterning my policy after Harry Truman.”
When asked to compare the Clinton Foundation and the Carter Center, Carter said it simply.
“Rosie and I put money in the Carter Center. We never take any out.”
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