If you’re a leaker and you know it, clap your hands … Obama’s director of national intelligence, James Clapper, leaked the Fusion GPS/Steele dossier to CNN and lied to Congress about it. That is just one of the bombshell findings in the House Intelligence Committee report on Russian influence in the 2016 election released today. The Federalist’s Sean Davis has the details on what is contained in that report. This is not the first time Clapper has lied to Congress. You’ll remember he told a congressional panel that there was no warrantless surveillance of American’s data by the NSA.
When you combine this new news with the fact that Comey claims in his memos that he was only briefing Trump on the dossier contents so that CNN would have a “news hook,” you come to see that there was Comey-Clapper-CNN collusion against Trump.
Comey’s pretty ignorant … James Comey is pretty dang ignorant when it comes to who paid Fusion GPS for the Russian collusion the firm engaged in to come up with a dossier on Trump. The night before the House Intelligence Committee released a report showing that the real Russian collusion was between the Hillary Clinton-funded oppo research team at Fusion GPS and Russians, Comey told Fox News’ Bret Baier that Republicans were the first to pay for the dossier – false – and that he didn’t know Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid for it. That’s pretty amazing.
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Why Republicans have a strong distrust … I am not one who thinks that the news media is an enemy of the American people. A lot of mainstream journalists are biased, they present one worldview, and they are shameless in doing so. Enemy? Not so much. But I can see how others, who are attacked by the media relentlessly, may think so. Which brings us back to Brian Stelter.
Stelter called the fact that 51 percent of Republican voters call the media “the enemy of the people” an “infection.” Once again, Stelter has zero ability to engage in self-reflection. He doesn’t see that truths like the Comey-Clapper-CNN collusion story are the reason people feel this way. Rather than try to cure the root cause, he attacks the symptoms. If there is an “infection,” it is one that was incubated by the likes of CNN over the course of decades through biased and slanted coverage.
Korean peace? … Earlier today North Korean leader Kim Jong Un crossed into South Korea for a meeting with the South Korean president. According to reports, it was the first time since the Korean War armistice that a North Korean leader ventured into South Korean territory. The two leaders agreed on a framework to formally end the Korean War and denuclearize the Korean peninsula. As Joe Biden would say, that’s a “pretty big ****ing deal.”
Good on Daily Beast executive editor Noah Shachtman, who tweeted:
Let's get real. The press would be
in the midst of a collective orgasm if this Korea summit happened under Obama's watch. So let's call the meeting what it is… an unalloyed good thing.
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) April 27, 2018
While this is just a first step, and as CR’s Jordan Schachtel wrote in CRTV’s The Dossier newsletter today, we can skip giving out Nobel Peace Prizes for now, it is a big deal and a step in the right direction. It also never could have happened under the weak vacillation of Barack Obama.
In the immortal words of Rebecca Black, “it’s Friday, Friday.” I hope you have a great weekend. My biggest questions this weekend are: Will the Celtics beat the Bucks, will “Avengers: Infinity War” live up to the hype, and will Kanye West show up at Saturday’s Trump rally in Michigan? We’ll know the answers to all of those by Monday. In the meantime, enjoy.
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Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.