‘I Know That Even From a Few Active Agents’ ‘Iâ€™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.Â
Giuliani is under fire and media investigation after announcing two days before FBI Director James Comey released his letter on Clinton’s emailsÂ 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:Â â€œI think heâ€™s got a surprise or two youâ€™re going to hear about in the next two days. Iâ€™m talking about some pretty big surprises.â€
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, Iâ€™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 youâ€™re going to hear aboutÂ 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:
â€œThis morning Rudy Giuliani, one of Donald Trumpâ€™s closest and most vocal campaign advisers, appeared on national television and confirmed that he had obtained leaked information about the FBIâ€™s review of Clinton-related e-mails several days before FBI director James Comey sent his letter to Congress last Friday about this letter,â€ Blitzer said, reading the letter to Giuliani as Giuliani grows increasingly disconcerted. â€œIn fact, Mr. Giuliani went even further and bragged about the information that he had obtained stating, ‘Did I hear about it? Youâ€™re darn right I heard about it.’â€
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:
Weâ€™re no longer talking about speculation. This isnâ€™t an instance in which the Clinton campaign is accusing the FBI of tipping off a top official in the Trump campaign. Rather, weâ€™re now talking about an admission from Trumpâ€™s top surrogates, who bragged about it on national television. â€œYouâ€™re darn rightâ€ 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, Iâ€™ve had lots of conversations with them and they have told me a lot about the â€” 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 itâ€™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:
â€œThe other rumor that I get is that thereâ€™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 FBIâ€™s integrity,â€ said Giuliani. â€œI know that from former agents. I know that even from a few active agents.â€
Here’s the incriminating portion of the interview. Watch:
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‘Was Goebbels Unavailable?’:ABC Blasted for ‘Normalizing Fascism’ by Putting Sean Spicer on Dancing With the Stars
“Remember when Spicer talked about ‘Holocaust centers’ and defended Hitler, saying he didn’t use chemical weapons?”
Disney and ABC Television must have known that putting former Trump press secretary Sean Spicer on “Dancing With the Stars” would draw condemnation, but the outrage over the just-announced news is palpable.
Spicer will go down in history for the massive lies he told, starting with his vicious and attacking falsehoods about the size of the crowd at President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The lies seemed to continue daily, only to be outdone by, at one point, Spicer actually appearing to defend Hitler for not gassing his people – which he clearly did.
Spicer appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday to join in the announcement that he’ll be among the “stars” to dance on the 14-year old primetime reality TV show. One of the co-hosts of the show, popularly known as just “DWTS,” made a joke of Spier’s day one lies:
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 21, 2019
Spicer’s lies are so ingrained in the Trump administration’s history they even appear in the Mueller report.
On Spicer’s exit from the Trump White House The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza wrote: “Sean Spicer Will Be Remembered for His Lies.”
Many are furious that ABC is “normalizing” a “pathological liar” and normalizing fascism by placing him on national television in a reality TV show.
Take a look:
S. SPICER: Hitler didn’t even sink to the level of using chemical weapons… he was not using the gas on his own people
NETWORK EXECS: Can you dance, though?
— Eric Rauchway (@rauchway) August 21, 2019
tee hee, get it, cause he turned a taxpayer-funded position into a propaganda arm, lying to our faces every single day in order to aid a white supremacist administration, hilarious!
— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) August 21, 2019
Intentionally and gleefully lying to the American public is not something to joke about. Disgusting.
— Kevin Maisto (@kevinmaisto) August 21, 2019
Was Joseph Goebbels unavailable?
— Daniel Malmer (@danielmalmer) August 21, 2019
I’m old enough to remember when Sean Spicer said Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons on his own people and then when backtracking called concentration camps “Holocaust centers”.
Not a good look ABC. pic.twitter.com/RFMMpFAyUC
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) August 21, 2019
— Sharon Ringel (@sharon_ringel) August 21, 2019
Remember when Spicer talked about ‘Holocaust centers’ and defended Hitler, saying he didn’t use chemical weapons? That should have had actual repercussions. And should now too. https://t.co/jDWSTX8OdR
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) August 21, 2019
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) August 21, 2019
None of this is funny. This man knowingly and blatantly lied to the American people in his official capacity as a government servant of the people. He helped create the atrocity that is still in office. Shame on ABC.
— Amanda Hammar (@AHammar_esq) August 21, 2019
Nicely done, Tom!
But I’d be more impressed if you walked out of hosting this season to boycott his selection.
— Sean Ryland (@sean_ryland) August 21, 2019
it’s funny because his job was to help a dangerous psychopath constantly lie to the country
— Lindsey Barrett (@LAM_Barrett) August 21, 2019
— kristywoods (@kristywoods) August 21, 2019
This is a seriously bad look on @DancingABC for casting this man.
— Tim (@mickeyshy12) August 21, 2019
Normalize fascism with the wash ups
— Orange President, Yellow King (@DYCTree) August 21, 2019
you know how you sit in history class learning (hopefully they teach u) about the Holocaust and various genocides and you think “how on earth do good ppl let this happen?” When Spicer showed up on the Emmy’s was the first time I really truly understood how.
— Christine Nangle (@nanglish) August 21, 2019
I am a super loyal @dancingabc viewer who will not be watching this season. #DWTS is about growth, fun, escapism — and Sean Spicer and the Trump Administration are what we need to escape from. This is so disappointing. https://t.co/Rh1rCQA6gP
— Jess Morales Rocketto (@JessLivMo) August 21, 2019
Trump Defends Anti-Semitic Trope by Posting Claim From Birther Saying Jews ‘Love’ Trump Like ‘The King of Israel’
Wayne Allyn Root Once Bragged About the Size of the President’s Penis
President Trump once again is playing defense after launching an anti-Semitic trope on Tuesday accusing the vast majority of Jews in America of “great disloyalty.” The president did what he always does in these situations: finds anyone who will still support him and post their praise to Twitter.
Trump’s choice this time to “prove” he’s not anti-Semitic, despite delivering a grotesque anti-Semitic trope, is Wayne Allyn Root, who supposedly compared Trump to the “King of Israel,” and the “second coming of God.”
Root is a far right wing conspiracy theorist who once bragged about the size of President Trump’s penis. Root, as The Daily Beast reported last September, claimed Special Counsel Robert Mueller was investigating Trump’s ties to Russia because he has “penis envy.”
“Mueller’s is smaller than Trump’s,” Root said, according to Right Wing Watch.
Root is also a birther, and claimed that the white supremacist who killed Heather Heyer at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville was probably an actor paid by George Soros. Soros, a Jewish philanthropist, is the target of much of the far right’s conspiracy theories.
But back to Trump’s Wednesday morning tweets.
Here’s what he claims Root said:
“President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world…and the Jewish people in Israel love him like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God…But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense! But that’s OK, if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s good for all Jews, Blacks, Gays, everyone. And importantly, he’s good for everyone in America who wants a job.”
Root, by the way, in June of 2016 declared his support for Trump by announcing, “I am a Jew turned evangelical Christian. I am also a passionate supporter of Donald Trump.”
Here’s how Trump’s tweets are being received:
Yes, Wayne Allyn Root, a conspiracy theorist who promote anti-Semitic George Soros attacks.
More racist blather.
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) August 21, 2019
This thread, not a full day after calling American Jewish Democrats disloyal, is eschatological antisemitism from a right wing extremist. It draws a line between good (right wing and/or Israeli) and bad (liberal) Jews. This is stochastic terrorism. https://t.co/ezM7CglKvb
— Rabbi Andy Kahn (@rabbiandykahn) August 21, 2019
Hey @realDonaldTrump before you quote a guy who is claiming you aren’t anti-Semitic first make sure he hasn’t spewed anti-Semitic tropes like claiming George Soros was behind the 2017 white supremacist attack in Charlottesville:https://t.co/KDa2bO9IMt pic.twitter.com/EqVxcm5oAz
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) August 21, 2019
Trump defender Wayne Allyn Root: “In addition to being a Donald Trump–obsessed sycophant, right-wing commentator Wayne Allyn Root is also an avid conspiracy theorist who unapologetically continues to insist that Seth Rich was murdered by the Democrats” https://t.co/ShzfFYoXSw
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) August 21, 2019
Wayne Allyn Root after the Las Vegas mass shooting claimed the shooter was part of ISIS as he tried to gin up hate of Muslims. No wonder Trump loves him – both anti-Muslim bigots who love conspiracies. https://t.co/ajZmAV7Dci pic.twitter.com/GLmMuWZejE
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) August 21, 2019
Wayne Allyn Root has promoted conspiracy theories including that Las Vegas shooter had ISIS ties, Charlottesville was a false flag, Seth Rich was murdered (by any number of Democrats) and birtherism.https://t.co/xM0W4BPUDK https://t.co/wYJG2gPwBY
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) August 21, 2019
Trump’s ‘Indefensible’ Comments Just Made It ‘Much Much Harder’ for GOP to Win in 2020: Ex-RNC Chair
President Donald Trump’s latest anti-Semitic trope is going to make it “much much harder” for Republicans to hold control of the White House in 2020, the former chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) explained on MSNBC on Tuesday.
Michael Steele was interviewed by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on “Hardball.”
“There’s a long-respected leader of what’s called Jewish Republicans, Matt Brooks — I’ve known him for a long time — this guy has the job of helping get votes, Republican votes, in the community, which generally votes Democrats,” Matthews noted. “What is he going to deal with this baby, this assault on religious identity and trying to claim you must vote your group?”
“You already had the Republican Jewish group come out and sort of back the president up, so you’re going to have reinforcements that way,” Steele noted.
In fact, Brooks himself defended the president.
As I said there’s a significant distinction between questioning one’s loyalty to themselves and their community (Trump) and questioning one’s loyalty to your country (Lieu) https://t.co/fMOgCJgD3n
— Matt Brooks (@mbrooksrjc) August 20, 2019
— Jacob Kornbluh (@jacobkornbluh) August 20, 2019
“What else is he going to do, what can he do? The reality is Trump has consistently put the party in a position where it has to defend the indefensible, to a point where it is so weak-kneed, it has no other choice but to stand next to him, and go, ‘Uh-huh, uh-huh, what he said,’” Steele explained.
“The reality for us politically on the right, on the Republican side, going into next year’s election is that now you’ve got one more group, one more, you know, community of individuals that are going to make that conversation much much harder to get their vote for our candidate,” Steele added.
“All I hear is gunfire on 5th Avenue, he keeps shooting people on 5th avenue and he keeps getting away it,” Matthews added.
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