Jon Huntsman: No Question Russia Meddled In Election

The Hill reports:

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R), President Trump’s choice to serve as U.S. ambassador to Russia, said Tuesday that there is “no question” that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Huntsman made the declaration during his opening statement when testifying before Congress at his confirmation hearing.

“There is no question that the Russian government interfered in the U.S. election last year,” Huntsman said, adding, “Moscow continues to meddle in the democratic processes of our friends and allies.”

Trump has at times voiced doubt on the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia sought to interfere in the election using cyberattacks and disinformation, suggesting that other actors could have been responsible.

  • Lazycrockett

    Words words words.

    • vorpal 😼
      • Bob Conti

        The relevant portion begins at :48

        https://youtu.be/H8zyF0ZOy3k

        • greenmanTN

          FYI, I just looked this up the other day. If you want a YouTube video to start at a certain place, immediately after the YT URL (for example at 1:30 in) you put #t=01m30s. Each measure of time needs 2 digits, 01, 05, 10 or whatever.

          • Bob Conti

            Thank you!

      • Christopher
        • vorpal 😼

          Sexy, clever, and atheist. What’s not to love?

          • Christopher

            I’m one of those annoying people who must point out that I was a fan of Bo Burnham long before most people even knew his name. In the days where he was making videos in his bedroom.

            We desperately need artists like him. He’s the 21st Century equivalent of the 20th century’s folk singers.

  • another_steve

    Will he be one of Putin’s “useful idiots” too?

  • safari

    How many moochspans will he last?

    • another_steve

      thinking thinking thinking…

      Two moochspans.

      • david fairfield

        I concur. Two.

  • Lars Littlefield

    If all Republicans were like John Huntsman the GOP wouldn’t be full of assholes.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Let’s not be so quick to heap praises. I am expecting he is going to McCained us very soon.

      • Dramphooey

        Sadly, admitting reality is a time to heap praises on Republicans.

        • Lars Littlefield

          Well, not on any currently serving in the House and the Senate.

      • Lars Littlefield

        He was our governor for eight years during which he acted like an intelligent and educated human being. Considering what our legislature tends to be, he was a breath of fresh air. He’s probably more progressive than most Democrats currently serving in the Senate.

        • Bob Conti

          Thanks for the first-hand observation about Huntsman. I kinda liked him but I kept hearing that he was not to be trusted. Well, none of them are to be trusted, right? I suppose, considering the field of political crabgrass, even a dandelion, while still a weed, looks half-way pretty. I have no idea where that analogy came from.

      • Todd20036

        Remember when he ran for President? He was the only rational GOP candidate, and the only one who could have beaten Obama, but he never polled above 5%

  • Tawreos

    Why is it that when someone from the GOP tells the truth I have to wonder what they are using it to hide?

    • Yixing’s Fluffer

      Huntsman’s family has investments in Russia.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Fun Fact: Huntsman’s daddy, John Sr., made his first gazillions in the 1960s and 1970s making non biodegradeable toxic styrofoam containers for Big Macs until the EPA forced him to reinvent his plastics and container business to use cellulose.

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    • james1200

      Good point. It must be a doozy, whatever is coming his way. Like Huntsman has been touching his dog in his no-no place or something.

      • lymis

        At this point, while I’d feel sorry for the dog, I’d take that sort of thing over the kind of outright crooks we’ve got running the country now.
        (I would however, cheer on the dog if it got tired of it and took off a few fingers.)

  • bambinoitaliano

    I am still waiting for the but.

  • Lawerence Collins
    • lymis

      Well, gut the state department and the military is the only remaining option, right?

      /s

    • Steverino

      Unlimited funding for the military / industrial / congressional complex, unlimited tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, and total deregulation of corporations, especially fossil-fuel industries, are about the only things these goons stand for anymore.

      Otherwise, they define themselves not so much what they are for, but for what and who they are against (science, equal justice under law, universal health care, liberals, academics…).

  • Max_1
    • I’m not sure that’s fair to groby.

    • coram nobis

      Notice how Donald’s eyes keep shifting? How Nixonian.

  • JWC

    One way to difuse is to try to get out in front of it, at the risk of it mowing you down

  • Smokey

    One would hope that once Mueller presents his report we will have a president that doesn’t question it either.

  • canoebum

    I’m ok with Huntsman; at least he’s a rational being. The problem is he will have to act as a Trump apologist every day just to get his job done. No amount of apologizing will fix things until The Orange Menace is in an orange jumpsuit. Permanently.

    • Dramphooey

      It’s undeniable at this point with the exception of some fringe folk.

    • Lars Littlefield

      When asked to cover Trump’s lies, he’ll most likely resign.

    • AJayne

      As ambassador to Russia, to whom might he “apologize” for donald? I would be more concerned that, with his stance so clear, Huntsman could be served polonium tea while on duty over there…

  • david fairfield

    “at times”….lol.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    WOW! Just WOW! Come on Mueller, put all these motherfuckers in prison for life. Enough is enough. The people of the world cannot take any more of the narcissistic psychopath and his cronies and co-conspirators any more.

    • vorpal 😼

      Unlike Trump’s gold gilded bathroom, I swear that he and his henchmen are plated in teflon. 😿

      • Librarykid

        Wealth can do that.

  • HZ81

    Tell us something we don’t know, Jon.

    Sham election. Sham POTUS.

  • david fairfield

    He seems to have stated here that they no longer meddle in our democratic process but does our friends and allies. Why is he skirting around the fact that Russia is still hacking and doing what they can to fuck with us….? Anyone?

    • Treant

      He’s talking to a Republican Congress headed by a Republican jerk with a Republican “president.”

      He can’t come right out and say, “And you benefit from it and do nothing about it, and aren’t a legitimate president nor congress.”

      He wants the job, after all.

      ETA: Plus, he’s a Republican so therefore…if Republicans benefit from Russian interference and cheating…

      • Gustav2

        Plus he wants to run for president in the future.

    • Lars Littlefield

      I thought that was obvious. Russia owns him.

    • Tatonka

      I suspect Russia could bring him down in a matter of hours if it wanted to by releasing a selection of incriminating communications, pee tapes, or whatever. As Lars says, he’s bought and paid for.

  • bambinoitaliano

    “There is no question that the Russian government interfered in the U.S. election last year,” Huntsman said, adding, “Moscow continues to meddle in the democratic processes of our friends and allies.”
    P.S. “But I’m proud to serve under this Russian installed president.”

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • Treant

      Wheaton: “Boys will be boys, and we have to keep our football ranking, so…”

    • Michael

      Typical Evangelicals. As more time passes the more it’s assured they’re only in it for themselves. Do they give to the poor? Feed the needy? Clothe the homeless? No. The ONLY people they do help out are each other and everyone else can, and will according to them, go to Hell.

    • james1200

      Look at Chubby McChub and his bearded friend there: so proud of the forced sodomy! Praise be!!

    • Lizard

      And how did the administration “punish” them? 50 hours of community service and an 8-page essay.

      Everyone involved should go to jail and pay damages to the victim, out of their own pocket.

      • boatboy_srq

        Typical of an Xtian school.

        • JCF

          -ist.

    • JWC

      They are Christian White bois exonerate the little darhlins ( read asshole)

    • jmax

      My sister-in-law’s father is a professor at Wheaton. He’s a retired Army colonel, evangelical Baptist, and conflates the military with Christianity – one of my all-time pet peeves.

    • Rex

      The one young man is the son of Chris Spielman, if that means anything to anyone.

      • jmax

        So either Spielman is a evangelical xtian, or his son wasn’t talented enough to get into a good football school. Sucks for him either way.

    • Rex

      Arrest warrants have been issued, max. sentence for the most serious charge, aggravated battery, is 2-5 years in prison.

    • vorpal 😼

      IIRC, Jesus prefers his sodomy sects to come by the dozen.
      (Not sorry for any bad puns.)

    • Clive Johnson

      “Three of them played in a game this past Saturday.”

      Kidnapping, assault, sexual assault, and more:

      “What’s the problem here?”
      -Conservative Jesus

    • Ben in Oakland

      I just posted this over there.

      No one seems to be addressing the obvious. so I’ll do it.

      There is an incident in “The Naked Civil Servant” which speaks volumes. Quentin and his obviously gay and effeminate friends are in a café. They’re not bothering anyone. They just exist. They get approached by a gang of allegedly hetero bullies, intent on making trouble with them. It’s clear the situation is about to escalate. Quentin says (not an exact quote): “You boys better get out of here before someone figures out which one of you is queer.”

      Homosexual-hating homosexuals. The church is infested with them. If they were trying to prove their “invincible” heterosexuality, then why did they choose overt homoerotic sexuality to demonstrate it? One well known radio commentator, always attacking gay people, once couldn’t answer a direct question about his obsessions, deflecting with “Don’t go there.” How many priests, constantly attacking gay people, have been found with their hands down the cookie jars pants?

      Which one of these “boys” had this idea? Why did all of them go along with it? Where were their “Christian morals”? Where were their parents? Where was the school, and WHY ISNT THE SCVOOL ASKING THIS VERY OBVIOUS QUESTION?

    • Todd20036

      Looks like Mr. Top Center graduated from the Pharma Douche Academy of Smirks.

  • justmeeeee

    If we have to have a rethuglican president, why can’t it be someone fuckable like Huntsman?

    • another_steve

      A valid question.

      No one wants to fuck Donald Trump. I know Melania Trump certainly doesn’t want to.

  • Michael

    Why would Russia have to keep ‘meddling’ in our elections when they already meddled and have the man and the people in power they want? You go from ‘meddling’ to ‘controlling’ at that point.

    • lymis

      Their goal was never to put Trump in office. Their goal was to destroy us as a significant player on the world stage. if they can bring down the country, they’d be fine with that.

      The moment that turning on Trump and taking him down serves them more than having him in power, they’ll leak everything they have on him and everyone associated with him.

      They’ll screw with every election that they can get their mitts into – whether they keep Trump around or not. They want no-nothing Republicans and “can’t do nothing” Democrats in place as long as they can get them, and they want to disrupt the election process as much as possible.

  • MikeBx2

    Russian meddling means Trump is illegitimate. The phrase “President Trump* ” should always have that asterisks and annotation.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      I can’t wait until ( † ) appears after his name.

  • Mikey Ruck

    buh bye, John. no Ambassadorship for you now.

    we don’t deal with the “T” word (truth) here, period.

  • Kenster999

    “Trump has at times voiced doubt on the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia sought to interfere in the election using cyberattacks and disinformation, suggesting that other actors could have been responsible.”

    “Other actors…” probably that darned Alec Baldwin!

  • Well, yeah, he’s right…but he also accepted a job in the Trump Administration. That makes him complicit in everything his boss and his boss’s boss does and says.

  • bkmn

    Someone wants to run for Prez again

  • boatboy_srq

    And this is why Huntsman is no longer a viable GOP candidate for school board or local dogcatcher. He’s too pragmatic and too forthright for the dogwhistle parade and insufficiently crazy for the tRumpets.

  • The_Wretched

    and?

  • JCF

    …and then Huntsman courageously endorsed the wetness of water.

  • Mike

    Republicans and the media love that word “meddle” to describe what Russia did. The thing is, meddling trivial, it is what Endora did to Darren and Samantha. Obviously, this is a lot worse. We can’t let the media minimize an attack on our country and a criminal conspiracy to select our president, especially when the president is that stupid, bloated pig.