On Tuesday, after Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chair of the House Intelligence Committee, announced a probe into the Obama-Clinton Russian uranium deal, CNN’s John King hosted a panel to discuss the inquiry.
As previously discussed, Dana Bash used the forum to obfuscate and run cover for the Democrats and Clintons.
Today, the focus is on John King and his assertion that Republicans were in control of the House of Representatives in 2009-2010 — the time frame in which a Russian company bought the Uranium One company in the United States.
Here’s what John King said:
King said, “They have every right to have aggressive oversight of things that happened in any administration. Uh … correct me if I’m wrong, there was a Republican House during this part of the Obama administration.” King further downplayed, saying, “If this was a big deal that needs to be investigated, why are we starting it late in 2017?”
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OK, John, I’m correcting you — you are wrong. Here are the facts.
Recent developments in the uranium scandal, first reported by The Hill, show that the time period in question for the uranium deal, when Congress had oversight, was 2009-2010. This represented the early days of the Obama administration.
Democrats took over the House of Representatives during the 2006 midterm elections. Meaning from Jan. 2007 to Jan. 2011, Democrats had control of the House. During 2009-2010, Democrats also had control of the Senate. John King’s assertion is demonstrably false.
How does someone of King’s stature arrive at such a misstatement? It’s mostly due to a lack of intellectual curiosity on the part of the media. For over a week, CNN did its best to ignore the expanding Obama-Clinton Russian uranium scandal. They refused to cover it.
The refusal is so bad that when something happened that they needed to cover, one of its “straight news” anchors, King, doesn’t even know the basic facts of what he is covering.
This is the first in a series of fact checks, using a grading scale based on the new CNN ad, that says “some people” may tell you an apple is a banana.
For his obvious and blatant lie, in the service of defending Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama against a congressional inquiry, John King has earned 5 BANANAS. In other words, it was a blatant falsehood.
Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC. If you see something you’d like him to cover, tweet him @robeno.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this piece indicated that the Democrats controlled the House from Jan. 2006 to Jan. 2011. Democrats, of course, took control in Jan. 2007. The typo has been corrected.