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National Security Expert: Devin Nunes Knew His Conspiracy Theories Were Lies – but He Told Them Anyway



There Are ‘Going to Be Political Consequences’

During a CNN panel discussion, national security expert Juliette Kayyem explained that all of the facts investigators have had for months also passed through the hands of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA). Still, Nunes continued to develop conspiracy theories around the Russia investigation that he knew were false.

Republican commentator Jim Schultz explained away Trump’s turn back to agree with Russian President Vladimir Putin as “conflating” Russian meddling with hacking the election in his favor. But Kayyem said that Trump doesn’t get to be “confused” over a year into his presidency.

“A 5-year-old can figure out the distinction,” she continued. “I think people like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jim are trying to support and respect the law enforcement and intelligence agencies for what they found and also rightfully defend America’s democratic system in the election in 2018, but there is no reason now to believe that the president is confused. This is purposeful.”

She went on to explain that everyone should know that it is purposeful because the evidence continues to get more and more damning. She noted that from the evidence publicly available, there is not yet proof of conspiracy, “but every piece of evidence since this administration started is heading in that direction.” At this point, she said that it’s far too late for Trump to plea ignorance.

“Or maybe sensitivity,” proposed CNN host Ana Cabrara. “If the president is too sensitive to separate collusion and meddling, is our safety at risk, Juliette?”

“Yeah, I think it is,” Kayyem confessed. “I want to focus for a variety of reasons. One, of course, it’s just really hard at this stage to look at Trump’s behavior towards Putin in Russia and view it in anything but a nefarious light. I don’t think any rational person can look at what is going on — I don’t just mean Russia. I also mean Trump undermining the EU and NATO and others. There’s no reason, except for, I think, a bad one, for the president to lean so clearly towards Putin.”

From a homeland security perspective, Kayyem said that the 2018 election is a heartbeat away and the president doesn’t see the vulnerabilities, according to the Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.

When it came to the release of the FISA application to monitor Carter Page, Kayyem wanted to reinforce what “a big deal” it was for the FBI to release the over 400 pages.

“Devin Nunes has tried to create a story that suggested this was all based on the dossier and the FISA application,” she recalled. “He knew that was not true when he made the statements. And when the House Intelligence Committee came out with the report, that to me is — that is on Paul Ryan at this stage. If Paul Ryan could have gotten rid of Devin Nunes as a head of a House Intelligence Committee, a committee that wants, in my world, you know, the fact that House Intel Committee is like this, is just shocking. You have never seen anything like this, and I think there is going to be political consequences.”

Watch her full take below:


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‘Lying a Lot’: CNN Fact Checker Busts Trump Spokesperson’s False Election ‘Fraud’ Claims Attacking Democrats



The current spokesperson for the former president is being criticized for “lying a lot” after she posted false statements about the California recall election, which failed Tuesday night. Voters by an overwhelming majority clearly chose to retain Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, and there are no credible reports of fraud.

That fact did not stop Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington from spreading the false claims of fraud – false according to CNN’s Daniel Dale, the unimpeachable fact checker who documented and debunked most of the lies Donald Trump said as a 2016 candidate and as president.

“The spokesperson for the former president is out here lying a lot about American elections. It is not good,” Dale tweeted Wednesday morning, including screenshots of Harrington’s false statements. Her tweets were posted at 4:50 PM ET and 5:10 PM ET on Tuesday, about six hours before the polls had even closed. She also offered zero proof for her claims.

Harrington, according to The Independent, was hired by Trump after being “editor-in-chief at War Room, an influential far-right website and podcast from former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, where hosts and guests regularly supported conspiracy theories about a ‘rigged’ 2020 election, skepticism about vaccines, and the idea that Covid came from a lab leak in China. The show’s YouTube channel was removed for spreading false claims about the election, but it consistently ranks as a top podcast on the Apple charts.”

Here’s Dale’s tweet with the screenshots of Harrington’s false claims:

Not only are Harrington’s claims baseless, the recall results were called by every major news organization in about 30 to 60 minutes after the polls closed, proving her conspiracy theory not only baseless but impossible.

Despite Twitter permanently suspending Donald Trump’s account, the social media giant has come under fire for allowing Harrington to continue to promote Trump’s words, including his press releases.

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Trump Falsely Claims COVID Pandemic Was ‘Over’ When He Was President



In a lie-filled segment that received little to no pushback Donald Trump, the former president, on Wednesday told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo that the coronavirus pandemic had “virtually” ended during his administration.

That was just one of the many lies that Trump told Bartiromo, who did no fact-checking nor told viewers that the former president was lying to them in the segment below.

President Joe Biden is “doing a lousy job at coronavirus. Coronavirus is back,” Trump said, ignoring the facts that it never left and his supporters are the number one reason the virus is still deeply embedded across the country.

“When I left it was virtually gone, it was over,” Trump lied.

On the vaccine, which Trump has repeatedly refused to promote, he declared that “when I was president, you didn’t have this problem with people not wanting to take it,” which is also a lie.

“They don’t take it because they don’t trust Biden, and they don’t trust the Biden administration,” he continued, again falsely. So-called “vaccine hesitant” Americans, mostly Republican men, did not become anti-vaxxers because Biden became president.

“When I was president, you didn’t have people protesting the vaccine,” he said, again falsely. “If you just think back, everybody wanted to get it, and we were giving out over a million shots a day, we had that thing rockin’.”

That’s a tremendous stretch.

January 2 was the first day of recorded vaccinations that broke the one million mark, according to data from The New York Times, but that was after two days of no vaccinations reported due to the New Year’s holiday. The seven-day average of coronavirus vaccines being given did not break the one million mark until January 23, after President Biden was sworn in.




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‘Biggest Whopper in History’: Stephen Miller Claims No President Was ‘Dealt a Better Hand on Day One Than Biden’



Former Trump White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller is being mocked and chastised for claiming President Joe Biden inherited the best situation possible.

“No President in history has been dealt a better hand on Day One than President Biden,” Miller, regarded as both a white nationalist and a white supremacist by many, told Fox News Thursday night.

The Trump administration walked into a booming economy and left the Biden administration with a disaster: huge unemployment, an uncontrolled pandemic that had already killed 400,000 people, no actual plan to get coronavirus vaccine shots into Americans’ arms, and a lack of trust and respect around the world.

When Trump took office after President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden unemployment was at 4.7%. When President Joe Biden took office unemployment was at 6.7%.

When Trump left office his approval rating was at 34%. In his four years it never even hit 50%.

The Southern Poverty Law Center last summer added Miller to its list of extremists, noting he “is credited with shaping the racist and draconian immigration policies of President Trump, which include the zero-tolerance policy, also known as family separation, the Muslim ban and ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Miller has also “purged” government agencies of civil servants who are not entirely loyal to his extremist agenda.”

Here’s Miller on “Hannity”:

Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall responded by noting, “it is pretty remarkable that twice in 12 years a Democrat was obliged to take the reins in the midst of the smoldering ruins of a Republican presidency.”

Here’s how others responded to Miller’s lie:



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