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WATCH: Rudy Giuliani Caught in a Lie About Information He’s Getting From FBI Agents

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‘I Know That Even From a Few Active Agents’ ‘I’ve Spoken to No Current FBI Agents’

CNN host Wolf Blitzer Friday afternoon interviewed top Donald Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani, and caught him in a lie. 

Giuliani is under fire and media investigation after announcing two days before FBI Director James Comey released his letter on Clinton’s emails to Congress for bragging that the Trump campaign had a few tricks up their sleeve that might swing the presidential election to Trump.

Speaking about Director Comey, Giuiani said: “I think he’s got a surprise or two you’re going to hear about in the next two days. I’m talking about some pretty big surprises.”

The former NYC Mayor is now in the hot seat.

On CNN, Wolf Blitzer asked Giuliani point-blank, “Did anyone leak any aspect of that Clinton email investigation to you?” referring to the ongoing investigation Comey referred to one week ago.

Giuliani denied he had any advance or inside knowledge.

“No, I’ve spoken to no current FBI agents,” Giuliani claimed, pausing, then adding, “gosh, in the last eight months, nine months, ten months, certainly not about this.” He suggested the only people he’s talked with are former agents he worked with as a federal prosecutor “on Mafia cases.”

Stunningly, Giuliani told Blitzer the comments he had made, that Comey has “a surprise or two you’re going to hear about in the next two days,” was about a new Donald Trump ad campaign.

Blitzer then read a portion of a letter from two Democratic Congressmen to the U.S. Dept. of Justice:

“This morning Rudy Giuliani, one of Donald Trump’s closest and most vocal campaign advisers, appeared on national television and confirmed that he had obtained leaked information about the FBI’s review of Clinton-related e-mails several days before FBI director James Comey sent his letter to Congress last Friday about this letter,” Blitzer said, reading the letter to Giuliani as Giuliani grows increasingly disconcerted. “In fact, Mr. Giuliani went even further and bragged about the information that he had obtained stating, ‘Did I hear about it? You’re darn right I heard about it.’”

Giuliani responded, “That’s not correct. I’ve had no conversations with anyone inside the FBI.”

MSNBC’s Steve Benen Friday afternoon, before Giuliani’s CNN interview today, made it very clear:

We’re no longer talking about speculation. This isn’t an instance in which the Clinton campaign is accusing the FBI of tipping off a top official in the Trump campaign. Rather, we’re now talking about an admission from Trump’s top surrogates, who bragged about it on national television. “You’re darn right” Giuliani got a tip from inside the bureau, receiving internal details despite his partisan role in the election.

Back to the CNN interview.

Blitzer then gets Giuliani to definitively state he did not know Comey was about to send the letter to Congress.

“So, I’ve had lots of conversations with them and they have told me a lot about the — I guess the disagreement between the Justice Department on the one hand and the FBI on the other. But it all comes from former FBI agents and it’s all hearsay.”

Giuliani a few minutes later again says, “I haven’t talked to anybody in the FBI or the Justice Dept.”

And once again: “In my case it’s simple. I’ve talked to no FBI agent. I’ve talked to no Justice Dept. official.”

A few minutes later, Blitzer prosecutes his case.

“We did some checking. You were on the Lars Larson radio show the other day and you said you are getting that kind of information from active FBI agents.”

Giuliani immediately responds: “The information I’ve been getting is from former FBI agents.”

“If I did say that, that was wrong.”

Here’s what Giuliani said to Larson last week, via The Daily Beast:

“The other rumor that I get is that there’s a kind of revolution going on inside the FBI about the original conclusion [not to charge Clinton] being completely unjustified and almost a slap in the face to the FBI’s integrity,” said Giuliani. “I know that from former agents. I know that even from a few active agents.”

So, as I asked on Twitter while watching Giuliani’s credibility melting away, was Giuliani lying to Lars Larson, or to Wolf Blitzer?

Here’s the incriminating portion of the interview. Watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjkyB5NJXhM#t=683

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‘Show Us the Flynn Tapes or Buzz Off’: Dem Rep. Swalwell Destroys Trump’s Former DNI in Epic Twitter ‘Bloodbath’

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Right now there an online Twitter battle between California’s Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell and President Donald Trump’s former acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Richard Grenell. Swalwell is winning, handily.

It all started last week when Rep. Swalwell said he didn’t trust Grenell, who was stepping down both as Trump’s Ambassador to Germany and as his acting DNI, after the Senate confirmed now-former Congressman John Ratcliffe. (Ratcliffe is legally ineligible to hold that position, but Senate Republicans confirmed him anyway.)

Grenell fought back:

And Swalwell slammed him for not doing his job, and taunted him for not releasing trump’s first National Security Advisor Mike Flynn’s transcripts/calls with Russian agents.

Grenell insisted the transcripts/calls would be released.

Swalwell waited. Grenell is no longer DNI (although he is joining the Trump re-election campaign.) Swalwell slammed Grenell. “Tick tock.”

And Swalwell hit back again, accusing Grenell of enabling the guy who spread “Russian propaganda” and “asked Russia to hack his opponent,” Donald Trump:

And then Swalwell schooled Grenell on actual facts, like Democrats were in the minority during the Russia investigations, and hit him with “show us the Flynn tapes or buzz off.”

More facts from Swalwell, facts the right likes to forget:

And this:

And more facts:

The battle is still going on.

Here’s what some are saying now that “Swalwell” is the top trending topic on Twitter right now:

 

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Draft of Trump Executive Order Would Have Barr and White House Collect Information on Social Media Users: Reports

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A draft of President Donald Trump’s social media executive order shows it would create disturbing structures that could allow the President of the United States to personally target social media companies he feels are taking action against his supporters, enable his supporters to report that action directly to the White House, and empower the Attorney General of the United States to collect publicly available “watch-lists” of social media users that monitor not only their online activities but their offline activities as well.

The draft is not final, but both the speed with which it will be signed and reports show it likely has not gone through interagency review, as CNN’s Brian Fung, who calls it “hastily conceived,” notes.

Reuters has confirmed a draft of the executive order, which President Trump has promised he will sign today.  They report it “requires the Attorney General to establish a working group including state attorneys general that will examine the enforcement of state laws that prohibit online platforms from engaging in unfair and deceptive acts.”

The order directs the White House Office of Digital Strategy to turn back on the White House Tech Bias Reporting Tool, which the Trump administration created in 2019. It is currently dormant. The tool would be used to collect complaints of what social media users feel is online censorship by tech companies. Those complaints would be submitted by the White House to the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.

The White House Office of Digital Strategy was not designed for that purpose. It was created for the sole purpose of crafting and promoting the President’s agenda online, not for acting as a conduit to enable spying. The Office of Digital Strategy is headed by a former Heritage Foundation employee.

Reuters also reports Barr is to create “working group” that “will also monitor or create watch-lists of users based on their interactions with content or other users.” That reporting appears to be inaccurate, based on NCRM’s reading, and reporting by other outlets.

NBC News technology correspondent Jacob Ward reports the draft “directs the White House Office of Digital Strategy to collect publicly available information regarding ‘watch-lists’ of users based on their interaction with content or users’ and ‘monitoring users based on their activity off the platform.'”

An ABC News report appears to confirm that reading.

But Barr would be directed to create the group, which would include hand-picked state attorneys general.

The mere existence of any such lists, whether or not they are created by Barr or identified by the DOJ, can easily be politicized.

Stanford Cyber Policy Center’s Platform Regulation Director says this is a copy of the draft. She has annotated it as well:

 

 

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Trump Promises to Sign Executive Order Today to Punish Tech Firms After Twitter Fact-Checked Two of His Tweets

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President Donald Trump on Thursday will sign an executive order in retribution for Twitter appending a “get the facts” label on two of his tweets that were not only false but designed to suppress the vote. On Wednesday Trump responded to the new labels by tweeting, “Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices,” which is false, and promising tech companies he would “strongly regulate, or close them down.”

That seeds of that promise will be sown today with an executive order that would lay the groundwork to make tech companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Google legally liable for content posted to them by users. The Washington Post reports the order “could roll back the immunity that tech giants have for the content on their sites.”

Ironically, if implemented, it would force Twitter to delete many of the President’s own tweets. For example, he is currently engaged in an online smear campaign against Joe Scarborough, accusing the MSNBC host of murdering an intern who died of natural causes in 2001.

Just last night Trump posted a link to a video from a supporter that begins, “I’ve come to the conclusion that the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.” The speaker is reportedly an Otero County, New Mexico Commissioner and the head of Cowboys for Trump. President Trump tweeted his thanks:

Trump’s executive order would direct the federal government to reinterpret a law called Section 230, which “spares tech companies from being held liable for the comments, videos and other content posted by users on their platforms.”

The President’s intended changes “could mean potentially dramatic free-speech implications and wide-ranging consequences.”

Trump gleefully hinted at the executive order Thursday morning.

 

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