Lindsey Graham: Trump ‘Confused’ About Russian Meddling — ‘He’s Changed His Mind Four Times This Week’

Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said President Donald Trump was “confused” about the difference between Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election and Russia colluding with his campaign. Partial transcript as follows: GRAHAM: On whether or not the Russians interfered in our election -they did. The Carter Page warrant is whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. I haven’t seen any evidence of it but I think the president gets this confused. If you suggest that Russian-Russians meddled in 2016. He goes to the idea that well, I didn’t collude with them. You didn’t collude with the Russians or at least I haven’t seen any evidence. But Mr. President they meddled in the elections. They stole Podesta’s emails. They hacked in the DNC. It could be us next, it could be some other power, not just Russia. Harden our electoral infrastructure for 2018. Mr. President, Dan Coats is right — the red lights are blinking. Get your entire government, which is doing a lot of good work but nobody knows about it, sit down with Congress and the administration and you lead this nation to harden-hardening the 2018 election process before it’s

Sanders: Trump ‘Sold the American People Out’ in Helsinki

Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said President Donald Trump “sold the American people out” during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Partial transcript as follows: MARGARET BRENNAN: Senator Sanders, Vladimir Putin was invited to the White House this fall. Do you think it should be withdrawn? SANDERS: Look, the truth is it’s hard to comment on anything that Trump says because he could change his mind tomorrow. But I will tell you that I was absolutely outraged by his behavior in Helsinki, where he really sold the American people out. And it makes me think that either Trump doesn’t understand what Russia has done, not only to our elections, but to cyber-attacks against all parts of our infrastructure, either he doesn’t understand it, or perhaps he is being blackmailed by Russia because they may have compromising information about him or perhaps also, you have a president who really does have strong authoritarian tendencies and maybe he admires the kind of government that Putin is running in Russia. And I think all of that is a disgrace and a disservice to the American people. And we have got to make sure that Russia does not interfere, not only

Ocasio-Cortez: 80 Percent Male Congress ‘Creates Blind Spots in Our Legislation’

Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Democratic nominee for New York State’s 14th congressional district November election Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Congress being “80 percent male” created “blind spots in our legislation.” Partial transcript as follows: MARGARET BRENNAN: Last week on this program we had the man you defeated, the New York Congressman Joe Crowley and he congratulated you on your win. He said you very much deserved it. He also explained two factors he thought that were- were decisive here. One of them being the year of the woman, he called it, and also the timing of the primary. Are those factors in your view? OCASIO-CORTEZ: Well, I think that the factors that ultimately created our win was the fact that we had bold commitments and I campaigned on hard commitments of Medicare for all, tuition free public college, ensuring a Green New Deal for our future and championing those issues were the reason that we won. We won across demographics. We won- we expanded the electorate ourselves. We did the work of organizing. BRENNAN: So you reject the idea that your gender was a factor here? OCASIO-CORTEZ: Um, you know, I think that you know I think that in this

Gowdy Criticizes Trump’s Putin DC Invitation — ‘Reserved’ for Allies

On this weekend’s broadcast of’ “Fox News Sunday,” House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) disagreed with President Donald Trump inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington D.C. Gowdy said, “I think that the United States of America sometimes has to meet with people that we don’t have anything in common with. I think our president has to meet with the leader of North Korea. We have to meet with the leader from Iran. But it’s very different to issue an invitation. This country is different. We do things differently. We set the moral standard for the rest of the world.” He added, “The fact that we have to talk to you about Syria or other matters is very different from issuing an invitation. Those should be reserved, I think, for our allies like Great Britain and Canada and Australia and those who are with us day in and day out. I think we should be very judicious in who we invite in place that a perimeter of acceptance on. So I hope the president would keep that in mind if we are issuing invitations to foreign leaders.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Carter Page: FISA Warrant Language Misled the Court — ‘Complete Joke’

Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” while being interviewed by host Jake Tapper, ex-Trump campaign adviser Carter Page said the released Department of Justice and FBI obtained FISA surveillance warrant was a “complete joke.” Page said, “This is so ridiculous. It’s just beyond words. You know, it’s — you’re talking about misleading the courts. It’s just so misleading going through the 400 plus page documents, where do we even begin? It’s literally a complete joke.” He continued, “I’ve never been an agent of the foreign power in any — by any stretch of the imagination. You know, I may have back in the G20 when they were getting ready to do that in St. Petersburg, I might have participated in a few meetings that a lot of people including people from the Obama administration were sitting in on in Geneva and Paris and et cetera. I’ve never been anywhere near what’s being described here.” When Tapper pressed him on being a Kremlin advisor, Cater added, “It’s really spin. I mean, I sat in on some meetings but to call me an adviser, I think is way over the top.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Dem Rep Moulton on Pelosi: Dems Need a ‘New Generation of Leadership’

Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) said while he is not planning to challenge House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for party leadership, the Democratic Party needs “a new generation of leadership.” Moulton said, “This is bigger than one person. What we need is a new generation of leadership, to be honest about the problems we face. A lot of Americans are hurting. A lot of Americans are working two or three jobs to make ends meat. We need a leader who will talk about the future and not bring us back to the past, to be honest about the fact that a lot of Americans are losing jobs, not to immigrants but automation, be willing to be strong on national security, to create a country that’s strong and safe. Someone who’s willing to reform government and someone who has a vision for the future. We need an uniter in our party. We can continue to have these narrow and divisive politics with our current leaders, or we can find leaders who are going to really bring us together.” He added, “I’ve said very clearly I’m not challenging leader Pelosi. But I am going to talk about