CNN’s Phil Mudd Warns Christopher Steele Defending His Dossier to DOJ ‘Will Be a Car Wreck’


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CNN contributor and former CIA analyst Phil Mudd warned that Christopher Steele’s decision to talk with the Justice Department about the dossier he compiled on the 2016 Trump campaign won’t end well for the former British spy: “This will be a car wreck.” Speaking with CNN host Wolf Blitzer, Mudd said that Steele’s decision to defend the private intelligence work he turned over to the FBI is a notable step forward in Attorney General Bill Barr’s probe into how and why the FBI began to investigate then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign. “If you go to car races looking for car wrecks, this is significant,” Mudd said. “This isn’t about the Mueller investigation, per se. It’s about the origins of the investigation and how the Department of Justice and Attorney General Barr has talked about this repeatedly.” Mudd went on to suggest that Steele was taking a very big risk Continue reading "CNN’s Phil Mudd Warns Christopher Steele Defending His Dossier to DOJ ‘Will Be a Car Wreck’"

CNN’s Phil Mudd Warns Christopher Steele Defending His Dossier to DOJ ‘Will Be a Car Wreck’


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CNN contributor and former CIA analyst Phil Mudd warned that Christopher Steele’s decision to talk with the Justice Department about the dossier he compiled on the 2016 Trump campaign won’t end well for the former British spy: “This will be a car wreck.” Speaking with CNN host Wolf Blitzer, Mudd said that Steele’s decision to defend the private intelligence work he turned over to the FBI is a notable step forward in Attorney General Bill Barr’s probe into how and why the FBI began to investigate then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign. “If you go to car races looking for car wrecks, this is significant,” Mudd said. “This isn’t about the Mueller investigation, per se. It’s about the origins of the investigation and how the Department of Justice and Attorney General Barr has talked about this repeatedly.” Mudd went on to suggest that Steele was taking a very big risk Continue reading "CNN’s Phil Mudd Warns Christopher Steele Defending His Dossier to DOJ ‘Will Be a Car Wreck’"

CNN’s Phil Mudd Warns Christopher Steele Defending His Dossier to DOJ ‘Will Be a Car Wreck’


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CNN contributor and former CIA analyst Phil Mudd warned that Christopher Steele’s decision to talk with the Justice Department about the dossier he compiled on the 2016 Trump campaign won’t end well for the former British spy: “This will be a car wreck.” Speaking with CNN host Wolf Blitzer, Mudd said that Steele’s decision to defend the private intelligence work he turned over to the FBI is a notable step forward in Attorney General Bill Barr’s probe into how and why the FBI began to investigate then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign. “If you go to car races looking for car wrecks, this is significant,” Mudd said. “This isn’t about the Mueller investigation, per se. It’s about the origins of the investigation and how the Department of Justice and Attorney General Barr has talked about this repeatedly.” Mudd went on to suggest that Steele was taking a very big risk Continue reading "CNN’s Phil Mudd Warns Christopher Steele Defending His Dossier to DOJ ‘Will Be a Car Wreck’"

Dem Rep Blasts ‘Republican Enablers’ for Remaining Silent While Trump Cries ‘TREASON’


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On MSNBC’s Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) blasted his Republican colleagues in Congress as “Republican enablers” who remain “silent or give him a little pat on the back” when President Donald Trump throws around terms like “treason” and “enemy of the people.” Doggett’s comments were in reference to a back-and-forth on Twitter earlier on Friday, which began when Trump made the incendiary charge that the 2016 FBI investigation into Russian campaign interference and his campaign’s ties to it amounted to “TREASON.” Former FBI Director James Comey, whose abrupt termination by Trump triggered the Special Counsel investigation, fired back on Friday evening, analogizing Trump’s outrageous claim Continue reading "Dem Rep Blasts ‘Republican Enablers’ for Remaining Silent While Trump Cries ‘TREASON’"

Dem Congressman: If Person Who Contacted Flynn Is in Congress, They Should ‘Resign Immediately’


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On CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) warned that if any of his colleagues in Congress were involved in soliciting Gen. Michael Flynn to evade or obstruct or the Special Counsel’s investigation: “He or she should resign immediately.” Gallego listed the reasons for stepping down to host Wolf Blitzer: “They are abdicating their duty over oversight, they’re partaking in obstruction of justice, and they’d have zero credibility in Congress.” Earlier this week, a federal judge ordered the release of more information about the Special Counsel probe into President Donald Trump’s first pick to be National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn, who ultimately pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and then became a cooperating witness. Those documents, a result of Flynn’s cooperation, contained the bombshell revelation of possible witness tampering and obstruction from “persons connected to the Administration or Congress that could Continue reading "Dem Congressman: If Person Who Contacted Flynn Is in Congress, They Should ‘Resign Immediately’"

Jake Tapper on Don Jr’s Refusal to Testify to Senate Again: ‘Why Not Answer Questions About This If There’s Nothing to Hide?’


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On Monday evening, CNN’s Jake Tapper questioned Donald Trump Jr.’s reluctance to testify a second time before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his role in the 2016 campaign and Russian election interference: “Why not answer questions about this if there’s nothing to hide?” Tapper’s query came after breaking news from CNN that Trump’s eldest son had been in talks since December to voluntarily reappear before the committee, but that those discussions broke down last month, prompting Republican chairman Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC] to issue a subpoena for Trump Jr. last week. According to CNN, Trump Jr. became wary of reappearing after the committee’s staff submitted to his legal team a list of 20 topics they wanted to discuss and after they indicated there would be no time or subject matter limits to the questioning. The roots of the standoff lie in the contradictions between Trump Jr.’s previous Continue reading "Jake Tapper on Don Jr’s Refusal to Testify to Senate Again: ‘Why Not Answer Questions About This If There’s Nothing to Hide?’"

CNN’s Town Hall with James Comey Underwhelms in Ratings


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According to Nielsen Media Research data, CNN’s Town Hall with former FBI Director James Comey failed to make an impact with viewers on Thursday night. During the 8:00-9:15 p.m. ET timeslot, CNN averaged 1.6 million viewers and 326,000 in the advertiser-coveted adults 25-54 demo during its special town hall with Comey, moderated by Anderson Cooper. Comparitively, Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity averaged 2.9 million viewers overall for their shows, with 464,000 in the key demo. During the same time period, MSNBC’s programming also drew more viewers overall than the town hall — about 1.8 million. They did, however, fall to CNN in the demo — with 301,000 viewers 25-54. Though the event did fail to make an impact in the ratings, it did generate some news. During the town hall, Comey said he didn’t believe former deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein was Continue reading "CNN’s Town Hall with James Comey Underwhelms in Ratings"

Brian Kilmeade Corrects Fox & Friends Guest For Attacking New York Times: ‘Peter Baker is Credible’


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Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade pushed back on a guest who criticized the New York Times for its reporting on Monday. Bill Bennett, a Fox Nation host, was on to discuss a Times report by Peter Baker that former President Barack Obama pushed former Vice President Joe Biden not to run for office in 2016. At one point, Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt asked Bennett, “Do you believe it? Because you know, you can’t always believe what you read. Most of us have all been written about before and the story’s not always accurate. What do you think is going on here?” “I don’t know,” Bennett said. “And it is the New York Times, which has been known to print news that’s not fit to be printed.” “No, but Peter Baker is credible,” Kilmeade jumped in. “Peter Baker is a good reporter,” Bennett conceded. Continue reading "Brian Kilmeade Corrects Fox & Friends Guest For Attacking New York Times: ‘Peter Baker is Credible’"

Lindsey Graham: Trump Told Me He Won’t Block Release of Mueller Report Via Executive Privilege


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Senator Lindsey Graham appeared on CNN’s At This Hour With Kate Bolduan and revealed that after dining with Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday night that he expects a much more complete version of the Mueller Report to be released by the end of the month of April. He also told host Kate Bolduan that after speaking with President Donald Trump that he did not expect the White House to block the release of the report via executive privilege. After spending nearly two years investigation charges of conspiracy and collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 general election, Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report to recently appointed AG Barr late Friday afternoon. On Sunday, Barr delivered a four-page letter to Congress that claimed that there was no crime of conspiracy with Russian agents and that Mueller effectively demurred on a decision of obstruction Continue reading "Lindsey Graham: Trump Told Me He Won’t Block Release of Mueller Report Via Executive Privilege"

Giuliani Admits: ‘I Was Always Afraid’ Mueller Probe Would Uncover Someone Colluded Without Trump’s Knowledge


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Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, lawyers for President Donald Trump, spoke at length on Sekulow’s show about the letter from Attorney General William Barr regarding the collusion probe on Monday. At one point Giuliani noted the one fear he had about his client whom he otherwise knew to be innocent of collusion: that there was collusion. “I think that you’re absolutely right, the key point here is, that, in no… it would not have been impossible, you know, for somebody on the campaign to have done something and the president wouldn’t know,” said Giuliani. “I was always afraid of that.” “Because I ran a campaign, and I ran a city, and people did some things that were wrong,” he said. “I didn’t know about it. I didn’t want them to.” Giuliani spoke about being pleased that the report went as far as to specify that they Continue reading "Giuliani Admits: ‘I Was Always Afraid’ Mueller Probe Would Uncover Someone Colluded Without Trump’s Knowledge"

CNN’s Brian Stelter: ‘There Was Not Enough Talk About Racial Resentment in 2016’


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CNN host Brian Stelter offered a warning to political journalists covering the 2020 presidential election by noting that there was not enough focus on “racial resentment” during the 2016 campaign. On Sunday morning’s edition of CNN’s Reliable Sources, Stelter asked his panel about the coverage of Democratic leaders like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). “Are reporters repeating some mistakes made already? Is sexism creeping into the coverage?” Stelter asked. Democratic strategist Karen Finney noted that “This will be the third time in a presidential where we have women running, and where we have a diverse group of people running from different ethnic backgrounds, and a much more diverse electorate.” “How the media cover candidates, we can’t be afraid to call out things that are racist or sexist,” Finney said, adding that journalists should not be “afraid to call things out. Continue reading "CNN’s Brian Stelter: ‘There Was Not Enough Talk About Racial Resentment in 2016’"

Morning Joe Airs Montage of Trump’s Very Specific Campaign Promise of Concrete Border Wall


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Morning Joe mocked President Donald Trump’s shifting position on the specifics of a border wall Wednesday morning on the last day that Republicans control the House of Representatives and amidst a nearly two-week government shutdown over border security funding. Democratic congressional leadership Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, the latter of whom is set to take over as House Speaker on Thursday, January 3rd, are set to attend a White House meeting later today regarding the current political stalemate that has led to a government shutdown. The issue of funding a border wall has become a political hot potato which has led President Trump to feebly ask Pelosi via Twitter “Let’s make a deal?” On New Year’s Day Trump tweeted:

WATCH: Trump Said His Promise For Border Was ‘Not a Fence, It’s a Wall’


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Donald Trump and his surrogates are working hard to redefine his promise to “build a wall” and make Mexico pay for it, but Trump himself has been very clear that only a wall, not a fence, will fulfill that promise. As Trump finds himself staring at the prospect of backing down from his threat to shut down the government over the border wall he’s spent years promising, he and his White House have, in various ways, sought to downplay the actual “wall” aspect of the wall. For example, Kellyanne Conway has taken to claiming that it’s “ridiculous” to say that the funding battle is “about a wall,” and both she and Trump have taken to claiming that a wall and a fence are the same thing. At a press conference in November, Trump referenced Democratic support for the “Secure Fence Act of 2006,” saying that “Many of the people that Continue reading "WATCH: Trump Said His Promise For Border Was ‘Not a Fence, It’s a Wall’"

WATCH: Rudy Giuliani Admitted Porn Star Payoff Was Related to Election


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One of Donald Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani‘s many new defenses of Trump is that the scheme to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal had nothing to do with the campaign. But there’s at least one person complicating that assertion. And his name is Rudy Giuliani. On this past Sunday’s edition of This Week, host George Stephanopoulos confronted Giuliani about the mounting evidence that the hush-money payments were made or the purpose of influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential campaign. Giuliani insisted that he could “produce 20 witnesses” who would say that Trump “was very concerned about how this was going to affect his children, his marriage.” Unfortunately, the universe can produce one extremely influential witness who said the payoff was about the election, and that it was then-Trump attorney Michael Cohen‘s “job” to make it “go away.” On the Continue reading "WATCH: Rudy Giuliani Admitted Porn Star Payoff Was Related to Election"

CNN’s Brianna Keilar Grills Sen. Hirono: Were You Told to Go Easy on Facebook By Chuck Schumer?


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Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) defended Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) after a New York Times investigation reported that he attempted to interfere in an Intelligence Committee probe into Facebook’s handling of Russian misinformation. Speaking to CNN on Thursday, roughly 24 hours after the article was published, Hirono was grilled by anchor Brianna Keilar — who wanted to know whether Schumer encouraged her to take it easy on the social media giant. “Not at all,” Hirono said. “What these new revelations point out is that we, the Congress, should think about regulations of some sort because it’s disturbing to know that Facebook had information ahead of time.” In the Times investigation, Facebook is said to have been aware of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election at least months before voting had even occurred, despite C.E.O. Mark Zuckerberg‘s claim that any idea his company helped Continue reading "CNN’s Brianna Keilar Grills Sen. Hirono: Were You Told to Go Easy on Facebook By Chuck Schumer?"

Hillary Clinton Fires Back at Trump Claims She Colluded: ‘You Asked Russia to Hack Me on National Television’


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After President Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of colluding with Russians to sabotage the 2016 election during his Pennsylvania rally, the former first lady defended herself using his favorite medium. “Seriously, you asked Russia to hack me on national television,” Clinton tweeted Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours following the commander in chief’s speech the night before. Her post was in reference to an NBC News article recapping Trump’s unsubstantiated claims. Without evidence, Trump not only accused Clinton of engaging in a conspiracy, but her party as well. “There was collusion between Hillary, the Democrats and Russia,” he told the crowd, which had again wheeled out its signature “lock her up” chant. Clinton has been quite active on Twitter lately, calling for voters to get out for the midterms as November Continue reading "Hillary Clinton Fires Back at Trump Claims She Colluded: ‘You Asked Russia to Hack Me on National Television’"

Trump Campaign Aide Rick Gates Reportedly Sought Proposals on Online ‘Manipulation’ from Israeli Intel Firm in 2016


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Remember Rick Gates? Well, the former Trump campaign aide is back in the news. Per The New York Times, Gates sought proposals from the Israeli intelligence company Psy-Group on online manipulation during the campaign:
A top Trump campaign official requested proposals in 2016 from an Israeli company to create fake online identities, to use social media manipulation and to gather intelligence to help defeat Republican primary race opponents and Hillary Clinton, according to interviews and copies of the proposals… The campaign official, Rick Gates, sought one proposal to use bogus personas to target and sway 5,000 delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention by attacking Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Mr. Trump’s main opponent at the time. Another proposal describes opposition research and “complementary intelligence activities” about Mrs. Clinton and people close to her, according to copies of the proposals obtained by The New York Times and interviews with Continue reading "Trump Campaign Aide Rick Gates Reportedly Sought Proposals on Online ‘Manipulation’ from Israeli Intel Firm in 2016"

Trump Goes After the ‘Fake News Media’ Again at Vegas Rally: ‘They’re Still Crying’


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Kicking off a Las Vegas rally to drum up support for Republicans ahead of the midterm elections, President Donald Trump turned to the past to reminisce while taking a swipe at the media. “You remember when we had that great, great election, almost two years ago, can you believe?” he asked the crowd Thursday night from the podium, claiming there were “tears from the fake news media when it was obvious that we were going to win.” Notorious for his anti-press rhetoric, Trump’s rally had barely even begun before he started ripping into journalists who were there covering the event. “Look at them, they’re still crying,” he said. “And let them cry. They don’t know what the hell happened, but it happened, and that’s why we are setting all-time records, that’s why we are doing so well, but we have to get out for the midterms.” The Continue reading "Trump Goes After the ‘Fake News Media’ Again at Vegas Rally: ‘They’re Still Crying’"

The View Grills George Papadopoulos: Did The Trump Campaign ‘Set You Up?’


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President Donald Trump‘s former campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, has been under fire for his efforts to arrange a meeting between his boss and Russian President Vladimir Putin — with his lies to investigators on the matter landing him 14 days in jail. However, during his Tuesday appearance on The View, Papadopoulos argued the campaign was aware of his efforts, leading one of the show’s co-hosts to ask whether he’d been played. The question arose as Papadopoulos recalled his interactions with Maltese professor and suspected Russian operative Joseph Misfud, who met with him in 2016, claiming he could help the Trump campaign obtain dirt on then challenger Hillary Clinton. But the White House appears to have distanced itself from Papadopoulos, Trump dismissing him as an insignificant volunteer and Attorney General Jeff Sessions contending that he didn’t endorse a Trump-Putin summit. “Did they set you up?” Whoppi Continue reading "The View Grills George Papadopoulos: Did The Trump Campaign ‘Set You Up?’"

Roll Call Political Cartoonist Slammed for 9/11 Illustration: ‘So Bad and Dumb and Inflammatory’


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On the 17th anniversary of the most devastating attack on the U.S. in the 21st century, a cartoonist is facing backlash for his politicization of tragedy. Tuesday morning, Roll Call’s Capitol Ink featured an illustration titled “Never Forget.” While that phrase may evoke somber remembrances of Sept. 11th, 2001, the artist, Robert Matson, turned it into a commentary on election meddling instead. Shown in his drawing is a Russian plane headed toward two grey towers meant to represent ballot boxes. The implication is clear: Russia is a treat to the security of U.S. elections. While the point, based on American intelligence, is valid, the way in which it was made has already begun sending shock waves through social media.