White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany dropped the hammer on the media for their collective avoidance of the facts surrounding the “Russia collusion” probe.
On Friday, CBS News Radio’s Steven Portnoy got smacked down after he wondered what crimes President Trump thought were committed in “Obamagate.” McEnany, once again, came prepared with a tome of evidence.
“I’m really glad you asked because there hasn’t been a lot of journalistic curiosity on this front and I’m very glad that you asked this question,” she started.
McEnany first cited the fact that “[t]he Steele dossier funded by the Democratic National Committee, the — and opposition political party to the President, was used to obtain FISA warrants to listen in on conversations within the Trump campaign.”
She continued with a recap of the Flynn case, including the January 5, 2017 Oval Office meeting concerning the Flynn case, the FBI notes about trapping Flynn, and the leak of Flynn’s name to the WaPo’s David Ignatius.
Armed with more examples, “if you want to start talking about wrongdoing in the administration,” McEnany cited Andrew McCabe leaking to a reporter “and then lying about it.”
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After taking aim at CNN and MSNBC contributors respectively, McEnany then cited James Clapper lying to Congress about NSA data collection and then John Brennan’s false claim that the Steele dossier wasn’t influential in the Russia probe “when, in fact, we know it did and was the basis of attaining FISA warrants.”
“So, there’s a lot of mistruths there that were said, many of them were under oath, so I would point you to those. There many other real questions I hope you will all pursue,” she added, which drew Portnoy’s ire.
Portnoy then tried to trap her by asking her if she believes those people should be jailed and McEnany remained unfazed, informing him that she never said that.
She also encouraged him to report on the lies: “Perhaps you should look into it and give me some answers. That is, after all, the job — that is, after all, the job of reporters to answer the very questions that I’ve laid out and I hope that you guys will take the time to do it.”
Portnoy wasn’t pleased, but McEnany continued listing off more examples:
“I also find it interesting if we want to start talking about fabrication of crimes, we can litigate that case pretty publicly with James Clapper, who said what President Trump did with Russia pales — that Watergate paled in comparison,” she said. “We can talk about Eric Swalwell lying and saying President Trump was working on behalf of the Russians. We can talk about Hakeem Jeffries lying and saying that the President was a Russian asset. We can talk about Schiff saying there was ample evidence of collusion in plain sight when, in fact, there was not. we can talk about Mark Warner saying there was enormous amounts of evidence of collusion. We can talk about a CNN historian who said there was a smell of treason in the Trump-Russia probe when, in fact, for three years, you all talked about collusion and there was none and it was a huge injustice not just to this administration but to the American people who deserve truth, not the alleging of absolutely false allegations against this President.