- David Axelrod: Putin and Trump when cornered, will deny facts and tar opponents with flagrantly false accusations and gratuitous smears
- He says it's height of irony for Putin to invoke flawed Iraq intelligence to smear Trump, just as Trump used it to smear US intelligence community
David Axelrod is CNN's senior political commentator and host of the podcast "The Axe Files." He was senior adviser to President Barack Obama and chief strategist for the 2008 and 2012 Obama campaigns. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)A president under siege unleashes a wholly unproven and outrageous charge and assails the US intelligence community for spreading false, politically-motivated findings.