Earlier today, it was revealed that Donald Trump’s longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller had testified to Congress that Trump had been offered five Russia prostitutes while in Moscow in 2013, but had turned them down. Palmer Report pointed out at the time that Schiller had just blown it whether he realized it or not because he’d granted detail and legitimacy to the “Pee Pee Tape” narrative (link). Sure enough, Schiller is panicking and trying to backtrack.
Schiller had tried to use his testimony to paint Donald Trump as the guy who would never engage with Russian prostitutes even if they were offered to him for free. But in so doing, he essentially confirmed the first half of the Pee Pee Tape narrative, which is that the Russians tried to send prostitutes to Trump’s hotel room in a presumed attempt at using it as blackmail material. That helps to substantiate the overall Pee Pee Tape claim, and it creates an opportunity for others with knowledge of the situation to have their own accounts heard.
Sure enough, Schiller is already asserting that “the versions of Mr. Schiller’s testimony being leaked to the press are blatantly false and misleading,” according to an NBC News report (link). This suggests that Schiller already regrets having said what he said, because he’s unwittingly blown the Pee Pee Tape scandal wide open. At this point Trump’s only remaining defense is that he was offered Russian prostitutes for free and that he turned it down – an assertion that few will believe, as Trump is a serial sexual predator who would never have turned it down.
Keith Schiller’s testimony fail is just the latest example of Trump-Russia witnesses being so afraid of being seen as suspects themselves, they try too hard to create the appearance of cooperation (see also: Carter Page, etc). They offer up numerous details and partial truths they think are harmless – and then those details often end up being anything but harmless.
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