Assumptio (as-sump’-ti’o): The introduction of a point to be considered, especially an extraneous argument. See proslepsis (When paralipsis [stating and drawing attention to something in the very act of pretending to pass it over] is taken to its extreme. The speaker provides full details.).
Today, I am not going to talk about Sen. Sessions’s betrayal of the American people–how he lied to a Congressional committee about meeting with a representative of the Russian government. We expect the truth, and we’re glad he has recused himself from any oversight committees looking into the ‘Russian’ matter. But, some politicians believe that recusal is not enough–they want Sen. Sessions to resign.
At any rate, that’s not what I want to talk to you about. I want to talk about our ongoing problem with leaks–with people disclosing privileged information to the press, perhaps even to the detriment of national security–even to the point of having leaks about leaks!
We need . . .
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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).