GOP Rep. on Trump-Russia collusion: 'Everybody colludes in this city!'

GOP Rep. on Trump-Russia collusion: 'Everybody colludes in this city!'
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Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) defended President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE against allegations that his campaign colluded with Russia, saying "everybody colludes" in Washington. 

In an interview with MSNBC's Craig Melvin, Brat stated that "the Russians were obviously involved in our election process, [former president] Obama knew that for several months, didn't do anything about it." 

The Freedom Caucus member then pointed to the Democrats for politicizing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying "we need to calm down, follow the law."

"If a statute has been violated, that's the key," Brat added and noted that attorney Alan Dershowitz said that no statute had been violated in Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with the Russian lawyer. 


"And this word 'collusion' is all over the place," Brat said. "I mean everybody colludes in this city! Right?" 

When Melvin asked if the congressman would concede that the "collusion" in D.C. was different than the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, Brat disagreed, saying "it's all about politics and power." 

Brat then went on to bash the mainstream media for being biased toward Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMillennials and the great reckoning on race Biden chooses Amanda Gorman as youngest known inaugural poet Can Biden encompass the opposition he embodied? MORE in the election, citing that a majority of news organizations' campaign donations went toward Clinton. 

"This whole city is a web of collusion and big money," Brat said when asked how his comments on Clinton related to Russian meddling in the election.

Brat stated "I ran against all of that collusion, so I'm against it, but no one gets to play the innocent here," and pointed again to the media for being biased in its coverage of foreign donations to her foundation. 

The congressman added "of course it does" bother him that it was found that additional people were present at the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and the Russian lawyer after the president's son had come clean about the meeting.