On Wednesday, the House Intelligence Community hosted a hearing in relation to Mueller's report on whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government.
Devin Nunes went nuclear in his opening remarks, debunking many false claims presented by Democratic leadership.
“The entire scheme has now imploded and the collusion accusation has been exposed as a hoax,” Nunes started. “One would think the Democrats would simply apologize and get back to lawmaking and oversight. But it’s clear they couldn’t stop this grotesque spectacle even if they wanted to. After years of false accusations and McCarthyite smears, the collusion hoax now defines the Democratic Party. The hoax is what they have in place of a governing philosophy or a constructive vision for our country.”
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
Nunes pointed out five examples in the “Mueller dossier,” as he calls it, that contradicted some of the major claims made by Democrats in the media, including the dubious claim that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen was in Prague to reward Russians for meddling in the election. Media outlets reported the story but were unable to corroborate it. The Washington Post even sent reporters to every hotel to see if Cohen had registered but came up empty (they predictably neglected to report this information).
Nunes also said in his opening statements that the Mueller report found “No evidence that [former Trump campaign aide] Carter Page conspired with Russians,” and didn’t even mention the claim that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort visited Wikileaks founder Julian Assange multiple times in London somehow without signing into the embassy.
Further, Nunes noted the Mueller report contained no mention of alleged “secret communications between a Trump Tower computer server” and a state-owned Russian bank (in reality, the server wasn’t in Trump Tower or controlled by the Trump Organization). Finally, Nunes included the claim that former NRA lawyer Cleta Mitchell raised concerns about the group’s “ties to Russia,” yet Mitchell was not an attorney for the organization at the time and the only evidence we have of this claim is from Glenn Simpson, the founder of the Democrat opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which paid for the infamous dossier used to make all these dubious claims against Trump.
Nunes went on to discuss how Mueller still attempted to find dirt on President Trump even thought his own report clearly stated that President Trump in no way colluded with Russia. Here were his points:
1. A long litany of ordinary contacts between Trump associates and Russians, as if a certain number of contacts indicate a conspiracy even if no conversations actually created or even discussed a conspiracy.
2. Excerpts from a voicemail from Trump attorney John Dowd that the Mueller team selectively edited to make it seem threatening and nefarious.
3. No comment on the close relationship between Democrat operatives at Fusion GPS and multiple Russians who participated in the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower. In fact, no comment on Fusion GPS at all.
4. No useful information on figures who played key roles in the investigation such as Joseph Mifsud, Alexander Downer, or Christopher Steele.
5. No useful information about the many irregularities that marred the FBI’s Russia investigation.
Nunes also made sure to point out how Mueller used media sources that have proven to be fake news over the past two years.
“Thus Mueller produced a perfect feedback loop: intelligence leakers spin a false story to the media, the media publishes the story, Mueller cites the story, and the media and the Democrats then fake outrage at Mueller’s findings,” Nunes said.
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