Sen. Chris Murphy Wednesday accused President Donald Trump of "simply making thing up" with his claims that the FBI had infiltrated his campaign in order to "create a cloud around very bad news for him."
"I'm sure he's very nervous this morning as he's realizing that his closest confident, his fixer, Michael Cohen, is getting closer and closer to real deep trouble that might up in Cohen cooperating against the president," the Connecticut Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
The news that Cohen's Russian partner, Evgeny Freidman, had struck a plea deal with prosecutors for five years probation in exchange for his cooperation is probably also worrying for Trump, said Cohen.
"This news of another client of Cohen's cooperating is probably very troubling, very vexing for the president and thus he wakes up this morning trying to create even more smoke," said Cohen.
Trump on Wednesday morning hammered at the claims of a spy plot against his campaign, terming the matter as "Spygate" and declaring that it "could be one of the biggest political scandals in history."
Murphy said he's concerned that if people start to believe Trump and that "law enforcement is simply just another political arm of the government," that would "undermine everyone's faith in this experiment of democracy."
"I really worry that we are seeing ultimately an assault on democracy itself, that may in the long run succeed," said Murphy.
The senator also discussed the planned upcoming summit with North Korea, saying that the United States has to be "both realistic and flexible."
"The alternative to being realistic and flexible is a North Korea that continues to build up a nuclear weapons program that can even more seriously threaten the United States and our neighbors," said Murphy. "So, yes. I hope that the president and the secretary are going to be thinking of ways to put North Korea on a path to total, complete, denuclearization. And I think I'll leave it to the agreement and the details inside as to whether it has to come to Congress for approval."
However, he said he did not think the Iran nuclear deal needed to come to Congress, as it was an executive agreement.
"I think it is important to remember that we mean something different when we say denuclearization than the North Koreans do," said Murphy. "What they mean is that the United States moves all of its weapons and troops out of the peninsula as well. Something that the South Koreans would not agree to as part of that negotiation. So, I think we just have to underscore how difficult complete denuclearization is given that we think it means different things and be a little bit more flexible as we head into the negotiations."
He also said he does not believe the matter of American troops should enter the negotiations
"I think it would be a potential cataclysmic mistake for a number of reasons for the United States to withdraw our troops from South Korea," said Murphy. "First, obviously we are going to have to verify and be very skeptical about any commitments the North Koreans make because they have violated those agreements in the past. But second, you know, what North Korea also wants is for the United States to exit the region but the Chinese also want that, too, and for us to just disappear from the Korean peninsula would be a gift not just to the North Koreans but to the Chinese as well."
He said he also worries about the consequences should the summit be canceled.
"It allows for [National Security Adviser] John Bolton and perhaps [Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo to walk into the Oval Office and tell the president, 'well, listen, you tried diplomacy, it didn't work.There's really no option left except for a strike against the North Koreans.'"
Murphy said he's introduced legislation in the Senate making it clear that if Trump considers preemptive military action against North Korea, he has to get the consent of Congress first.
"But clearly, John Bolton doesn't believe that, and if this summit falls apart, it's not outside the realm of possibility that Bolton uses that as an opportunity to make his case," said Murphy.
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