White House and Republicans Admit Russia Isn’t ‘Fake News’ After FBI Bombshell
White House and Republicans Admit Russia Isn’t ‘Fake News’ After FBI Bombshell – DailyBeast
Trump’s team quit dismissing allegations of Kremlin ties after James Comey said they’re being investigated. Instead, the GOP tried to claim the real story is leaks and Paul Manafort was a temporary aide and Michael Flynn was just a “volunteer.”
The White House can no longer afford to ignore as-yet-unproven allegations that Russia and the president’s campaign staff were in cahoots, after the FBI director said his agency is actively investigating the matter.
Spurred by this public revelation, the White House stopped simply dismissing Russian meddling as “fake news”—and started generating some of their own.
The White House and its allies furiously tried to spin a new reality, distancing itself from high-level campaign officials by insisting those individuals were never all that involved in the campaign in the first place.
The response was itself an admittance of just how “real” the story had become.
The House Intelligence Committee’s first open hearing on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was badly split along partisan lines as it opened Monday. Republicans vilified reporters for publishing leaks and made dark insinuations about who leaked to the press; Democrats wildly speculated about which individuals with ties to the Trump campaign could have a link to Moscow.
The guise of non-partisanship in this investigation was all but broken before the hearing began…
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