Rupert Murdoch is Trump’s minister of propaganda

Propaganda is the only word to describe Fox News’s rallying behind Trump’s chemical attack on peaceful protesters.

Smoke and tear gas in Lafayette Park

On Monday evening at 6:30 p.m., well before the 7 p.m. curfew, the world watched as law enforcement officials violently cleared peaceful protesters from Lafayette Park with tear gas, flash-bang grenades, rubber bullets, and other unknown chemical sprays. Numerous journalists were in the crowd and the abhorrent footage was immediately shown on cable news and all over the world. Tyrant Trump then walked through the park and held up a Bible on the grounds of St. John’s Episcopal Church for a photo-op. In the following days, Fox News utilized several semantic arguments to defend the administration’s unconstitutional decision to forcefully clear the protesters. The network’s “news” and “opinion” side once again co-sponsored similar messages in service of their “dear leader”.

Let’s be crystal clear: The Trump administration admitted using chemical products on peaceful protesters and one that the CDC classifies as tear gas. Furthermore, news organizations have collected evidence that additional chemical products were used at the time.

These events have been condemned by Democratic leaders, a very small handful of Republicans, the Episcopal bishop of D.C., and former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, among others. However, Fox immediately downplayed the significance of the events that played out and even continued to praise Trump’s lame photo-op.

Fox news’s propaganda talking heads more directly addressed what happened to the protesters, blaming them for getting roughed up and tear-gassed by police. The hundreds of peaceful protesters, these despicable Fox idiots suggested, had it coming because they were collectively guilty for vandalism at St. John’s the night before. On the supposed straight “news” side of Fox, Ed Henry hosted former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen who repeatedly alleged that the fact that federal authorities used tear gas meant that by definition, the protesters had not been peaceful. “If they were peaceful protesters, there would be no need to use tear gas,” he said. “It means they resisted.”

The same day Fox’s Jesse Watters doubled down saying, “The media is sour now because they were forced to shoot a photo-op of (Trump) demonstrating that he is not going to be intimidated by criminals.” He continued, “It was a very powerful moment for the country. And they are bitter that they had to film it because it deals a big blow to their lawless side.” The Trump campaign and Trump himself has acknowledged, Fox is a propaganda outlet for dictator Trump. And now we know that they are willing to act in defense of violent attacks by his administration against peaceful Americans.”

The Trump campaign sent a request to Media Matters, demanding that they retract the article about Fox News glorifying Trump’s photo-op after tear gas was used on peaceful protesters at Lafayette Square. Their simple response was: No.
The fact of the matter is that Trump’s own CDC classifies one of the sprays in question as “tear gas.” Subsequent reporting also showed that the Trump administration was lying about what was even used at Lafayette Square. The images of people on the screen desperately trying to clean their eyes told the story from the beginning anyway. The Trump administration and the Trump campaign are trying to bully journalists.
Trump’s personal defense attorney, masquerading as attorney general, Bill Barr denied that any chemical irritant was used, a clear lie. Just like they spun Trump’s disastrous response to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, right-wing media are now leading the charge in spreading lies about the plain facts of what the administration did and are hoping to bully the rest of the media to go along. No one has to. We all saw what happened.

 

Poor, poor pitiful Trump! He’s finally being fact-checked 

Although Crybaby Donald Trump has used Twitter incessantly to promote himself, he has been furious with the social media outlet this week for fact-checking two of his tweets — so furious that on Thursday, he issued an executive order targeting social media companies and claimed that he did so to “defend free speech.” Twitter hasn’t removed any of Trump’s tweets but has flagged or hidden them as inaccurate or violent. While legal scholars have been asserting that the order cannot withstand legal scrutiny, Media Matters’ Matt Gertz stresses that it serves a useful purpose for Trump nonetheless — and that purpose has been identified by the “notoriously stupid” Fox News host Steve Doocy.

“Donald Trump capped off a multi-day tantrum at Twitter for appending a mild fact-check to one of his false tweets by retaliating with the power of the federal government,” Gertz explains. “The executive order he signed Thursday is slapdash and incoherent, rooted in a false premise, hypocritical and potentially unconstitutional, legally unenforceable yet dangerously authoritarian, with sections that read like a Fox News screed. But to analyze the executive order’s flaws is to miss the point entirely.”

That purpose, according to Gertz, is “raising the cost of defiance until his perceived enemies break” — and the executive order “forces Twitter to expend resources fighting it, but if the company bends to Trump and does what he wants, maybe it will just go away.”

Steve Doocy of all people — the notoriously stupid ‘Fox & Friends’ host who is one of the president’s favorite cable news personalities — (inadvertently) nailed it on Wednesday,” Gertz notes. “Social media companies would face ‘a big headache’ if Trump tried to repeal the section of federal law that the executive order targets, he exclaimed, so ‘they might think twice about putting a footnote on a tweet from”.. Trump

Gertz emphasizes that with his executive order, Trump is “drawing a line between companies that defy him and are punished and those that work to benefit him and receive praise.” Trump, Gertz observes, “lauded Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for criticizing Twitter’s decision to fact-check him.”

Zuckerberg is the poster child for what Trump wants from the head of a social media company,” according to Gertz. “The Republican political operatives he hired to run Facebook’s policy wing have carved out exemptions from the site’s rules for Trump and his media allies. Trump is making clear that it is in the interests of other social media platforms like Twitter and YouTube to adopt that same corporate strategy — and he will continue to raise the temperature until they do.”

From Alternet

 

Facebook lets Trump lie at will

Facebook lets Trump lie at will

Trump and Facebook

Facebook has denied a request from Joe Biden’s presidential campaign to remove a false video advertisement posted by President Trump’s campaign. The refusal comes weeks after Facebook changed its policies and decided to allow advertisements pushing misinformation from Trump and other political figures.

According to The New York Times, Biden’s campaign sent a request to Facebook asking the company to remove a Trump campaign advertisement that falsely suggested the vice president had offered Ukraine $1 billion in aid to fire a prosecutor investigating a company tied to his son. On Tuesday, Facebook refused to take the ad down, responding, “Our approach is grounded in Facebook’s fundamental belief in free expression” and “respect for the democratic process.”

In September, Facebook changed its policies to no longer prohibit ads that include “deceptive, false, or misleading content, including deceptive claims, offers, or methods.” Additionally, Facebook said that “ads from political candidates are ineligible for fact-checking.”

Even before the policy tweak, the Trump campaign had repeatedly posted false and misleading Facebook ads, along with ads using “invasion” rhetoric invoked by white nationalists, even though Facebook’s policies prohibit “violent” or “dehumanizing” attacks against a group of people based on immigration status.

Along with the issue of misinformation proliferating in its ads, the platform continues to struggle with detecting and removing propaganda and other misinformationincluding from foreign actors such as Russia. These current challenges add to Facebook’s history of problems with privacy, fake news, civil rights, and more.

https://www.mediamatters.org/facebook/facebook-refused-take-down-false-trump-ad-after-request-bidens-campaign

 

Foxnews 1st freaks then tries to flip the script on Trump’s unlawful behavior

 

Donald Trump’s Fox lackeys are frantically scrambling to defend him following the revelation of a whistleblower complaint regarding a promise to a foreign leader. The Wall Street Journal has reported that Trump pushed Ukraine’s president at least eight times to work with Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani for an investigation into Joe Biden’s son.

Fox News was slow to pick up on the story initially. While other networks covered bombshell revelations for hours starting Wednesday night, Fox News talked about it for just a few minutes. Rush Limbaugh gave a blanket defense of Trump during the day on Thursday, saying that Trump can say what he wants to anyone.

By Thursday evening, the Fox puppets started to roll out the propaganda. Sean Hannity claimed that the whistleblower had a “political agenda” — even though we still don’t know who the person was or even the full scope of their report. Lou Dobbs suggested the complaint is “pure nonsense.” Laura Ingraham called the entire story a distraction.

On Friday, the Fox sycophants went all-in against the story. A Fox & Friends co-host called Trump’s reported actions just part of “The Art of the Deal.” Geraldo Rivera called the whistleblower “a deep state punk snitch”. Jesse Watters called the whistleblower a snake. Fox so-called “straight news” correspondent Ed Henry said, seriously, that the story may be overblown because a “senior administration official” assured him there was no story here. Sean Hannity said that he was told that no crime occurred and then also accused the whistleblower of breaking the law.

The Fox puppets also began to lie about the seriousness of the charge. Both Fox puppet Brian Kilmeade and Fox guest puppet Matt Whitaker (the lame former acting U.S. attorney general) claimed that the whistleblower’s complaint was just a policy disagreement with Trump. That claim is demonstrably false given that the intelligence community Inspector General Michael Atkinson has said the whistleblower’s complaint is valid.

It’s still early to say where this is going for sure (but just this morning, Trump admitted on camera that he discussed the Bidens with the Ukrainian president), all indications are that Fox News wants to flip this and turn this into a story about Joe Biden — instead of a story about Trump once again inviting a foreign power to interfere in an American election. Even worse, there are signs that elite mainstream media will be only happy to join in and help Trump.

Giuliani: In the middle of all of this, Trump’s personal attorney and frequent Fox News guest Rudy Giuliani went on CNN, where he melted down in an interview with Chris Cuomo, conforming that he asked Ukraine to look into Joe Biden. Fox News covered up for Giuliani by cutting the video to omit Trump’s attorney contradicting himself. The next day, Sean Hannity said that State Department officials asked Giuliani to contact Ukraine for an “official mission.”

This shit never ends and the media is partly to blame because of their never-ending quest to be fair and balanced and claim both sides do it. What do you get when you balance truth with lies? We don’t know, but we damn certain it’s no longer the truth.

 

Original story in Media Matters

 

Lying Trumplicans just keep lying

The queens of mean……..Rep. Liz Cheney with White House adviser Kellyanne Conway. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Secret memo tells House GOP to blame white supremacist violence on ‘the left’
The document also instructed members of Congress to parrot NRA-style talking points on gun safety.

House Republicans have been circulating a memo internally that instructs members of Congress to blame violence initiated by white supremacists, like the recent El Paso mass shooting, as something that is the fault of “the left.”

The Tampa Bay Times reported on the existence of the memo on Friday.

A spokesperson for Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) said the memo was “provided by the House Republican Conference,” is currently chaired by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). Bilirakis included talking points from the memo in a newsletter he emailed to constituents this week. The memo provides Republican members a series of questions they are likely to face from constituents and gives them the language to respond.
One question on the document is, “Do you believe white nationalism is driving more mass shootings recently?” Republicans are instructed to respond, “White nationalism and racism are pure evil and cannot be tolerated in any form. We also can’t excuse violence from the left such as the El Paso shooter, the recent Colorado shooters, the Congressional baseball shooter, Congresswoman Giffords’ shooter, and Antifa.”
The El Paso shooter’s manifesto contained references to anti-immigrant sentiment, echoing the message that has for years been promoted by Trump and the right.
In fact, many of the Republicans who received this memo ran for office in 2018 on explicitly anti-immigrant campaign messages.

After the shooting, Republicans have sought to blame everything but the factors that directly contributed to the event. Instead of addressing guns and anti-immigrant/white supremacist sentiment, they blamed video games, mental health, “screens,” social media, and the lack of school prayer, among other excuses. Other questions in the memo reference concerns about Republican inaction on the gun show loophole and the availability of high-capacity magazines. “The answers are boilerplate Republican arguments against tougher gun restrictions,” the Tampa Bay Times noted. The boilerplate language reflects the influence of the NRA, who has urged Republicans to hold steady and not enact gun safety legislation. The troubled organization’s message is decidedly out of touch with the vast majority of Americans, who support a host of gun safety measures.

The memo adds to the growing evidence that the Republican response to the shooting is disinformation and inaction, following the path that the NRA has demanded for years.

from SharedBlueMedia By Oliver Willis

Time to call out Marian Brady for lying

At Eureka Elks Lodge Harbor District debate Marian Brady just straight up lied claiming the Harbor District has never studied the feasibility of a rail connection to the port. This is a tactic that Brady has used repeatedly throughout her career as a politician. Starting back in 2010 with her lies and spin about Arkley’s failed Big box mall Marina Center. (remember her campaign promise to get the site cleaned up and the project built…oops)

From the Times-Standard:  Talk of potentially building a railroad in Humboldt County has sparked discussion over whether such a thing is feasible or affordable, while some believe a rail industry would trigger local job creation.

Brady said “the district hasn’t ever looked into the feasibility of rail, noting a commissioner needs to have an “open mind” to the possibilities it could bring.”

Marks noted a feasibility study has already been done — it’s on the harbor district website, he said, and it makes clear that a railroad is feasible in theory but tremendously costly.

Here’s the proof that Brady is lying, Read the news story about it:

STUDY: NEW RAIL IS ‘HIGH COST, HIGH RISK’ 

by Daniel Mintz – McKinleyville Press – August 7, 2013

A draft feasibility study prepared for the county’s Harbor District has identified several challenges to railroad development and deemed it to be a “high cost and high risk” venture.

Authored by the Washington-based BST Associates and the Portland-based Burgel Rail Group consulting firms, the draft study’s focus has disappointed rail advocates who believe imported manufactured goods are an important source of rail cargo.

The study only considers export of bulk goods such as coal, grain and iron ore, describing them as high volume, strong growth rail traffic commodities that “represent a key source of revenue to railroads.”

High cargo volume is described as a requirement for recouping investment, debt and operation costs of a new rail line. Developing an east-west railroad is estimated in the study to cost up to $1.2 billion. The cost of redeveloping the North Coast Railroad Authority’s unused north-south line from Windsor to Samoa is estimated at $609,000 in the study.

Etching an east-west rail corridor from here to the Gerber/Redding area and its connection to a national rail line is a challenging proposition due to the “extreme ruggedness” of the terrain, according to the study. The distance is about 100 miles but 200 miles of rail track would be needed as the route would wind and curve around slopes and mountains.

Three primary east-west route alternatives are outlined in the study, beginning in the Eureka/Arcata/Samoa areas and ending at Union Pacific railheads in the Redding/Gerber/Red Bluff areas.

The study questions whether rail development is economically feasible, as there are several existing West Coast port/rail connections.

“Humboldt County would face several competitive disadvantages relative to these other ports, including the need to cover the cost of constructing the new line and the lack of a rail distance advantage,” the study states.

It references a 2009 study sponsored by the Security National Company, which operates a shipping terminal in Fairhaven. Drafted by the U.K.-based Drewry Shipping Consultants firm, that analysis focused on imports of container (manufactured) goods and part of its executive summary is quoted in BST/Burgel study.

“This report concluded that ‘Under no foreseeable circumstances should Security National consider building a new container terminal at the port, without the prior contractual support of at least one shipping line, in the hope that ‘the lines will come when it is built,’” the study states.

Also included is this quote from the Drewry report summary: “The difficulty will lie in convincing the shipping lines that the Port of Humboldt Bay offers sufficient competitive advantages over Prince Rupert, Vancouver, Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and Oakland for it to fully support the project before construction commences.”

Returning to its focus on exports, the study adds that “it is assumed that if Humboldt County were to attract a commodity that is not currently shipped through another West Coast port, it would most likely be destined for Asia.”

Coal is identified as the commodity that fits the assumption, as the amounts shipped from the U.S. have “risen sharply” in recent years. Corn and petroleum products are also named as high volume Asian export commodities.

Humboldt would have an export distance advantage over some West Coast rail-connected ports, such as the one in Coos Bay, but the study deems it to be insubstantial. Far greater is the basic advantage offered by other shipping hubs compared to Humboldt, according to the study.

“A critical advantage that all of these other ports have relative to Humboldt County is that the rail lines are already in place,” the study states. “In addition, most of these existing rail routes are capable of handling large volumes of heavy rail traffic, without the billion-dollar-plus investment needed for an east-west route to Humboldt County.”

The draft study was presented to the Harbor District’s Board of Commissioners and an audience of railroad advocates and skeptics on July 25.

Brian Winningham of BST described various financing scenarios and said higher-interest borrowing may be more appropriate for a high risk project like rail development. Depending on the interest rate for financing, a north-south rail would need to move anywhere from 5.6 to 42 million tons a year of cargo and an east-west operation would need 11.5 to 100 million tons to cover costs, he said.

Winningham compared that with the “top export ports” of Portland, Oregon and Kalama, Washington, which each handle 10 to 12 million tons a year. “When you get up to some of the higher volumes, these are beyond what anybody on the West Coast does right now,” Winningham said of the Humboldt cargo estimates.

Commissioner Richard Marks said he attended a forum whose participants said they’ve been negotiating with the Wal-Mart corporation on importing its products to Humboldt’s port.

When Winningham said Humboldt would be competing with Oakland’s port – which he said has additional capacity – Marks pointed out that Humboldt has a two-day shipping time advantage when fielding imports from Asia.

But Commissioner Pat Higgins, a rail skeptic, said the expansion of Oakland’s port was government-supported and lower payback on borrowing would allow Oakland to “undercut” Humboldt if it came down to a bidding war.

Winningham said container volumes peaked in 2005 and there’s “new competition” from Canadian ports and even more will be introduced with the widening of the Panama Canal. “It’s a riskier business now,” he said, adding that ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach are also expanding.

The study cost $19,000 and was paid for by the California Department of Transportation.

Trump’s house of lies, lies and more lies

Blackwater founder Erik Prince got caught lying

Special counsel Robert Mueller has obtained evidence that suggests Blackwater founder Erik Prince lied to Congress about his meeting in Seychelles with a Russian financier close to Vladimir Putin.

Prince, a campaign adviser to Donald Trump and brother of education secretary Betsy DeVos, told lawmakers that he ran into Russian sovereign wealth fund CEO Kirill Dmitriev by chance at a bar, but Mueller now has evidence that calls that into question, reported ABC News.

According to his congressional testimony, Prince says he was introduced to Dmitriev by a brother of United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed al-Nayhan, who said the Russian financier was also involved in oil, gas and mineral exploration.

“So, as I recall, I met him, this same guy I talked about, Kirill Dmitriev,” Prince testified. “Met him down in the bar after dinner, and we talked for 30 minutes over a beer, and that was it.”

However, Lebanese-American businessman George Nader told Mueller a different story after the special counsel granted him limited immunity.

Nader, who has been arrested twice in the U.S. and convicted once for possession of child pornography, has been interviewed seven times by prosecutors in the Russia probe on a wide variety of subjects, ABC reported.

The naturalized U.S. citizen told investigators he set up the Seychelles meeting between Prince and Dmitriev, and he told the Trump associate that the Russian financier had been appointed by president Vladimir Putin to oversee the state-run sovereign wealth fund.

Nader, who worked at the time for the UAE leader, said he personally facilitated and attended the meeting between Prince and Dmitriev at a resort owned by the crown prince.

He told Mueller that one of the primary goals of the meeting was to set up a line of communication between the Kremlin and the incoming Trump administration, sources told ABC News.

Prince did not mention Nader, who once represented Blackwater in Iraq, to congressional investigators — even after he was asked to list anyone present at his meeting with the Russian financier.

He told lawmakers no one had been present but him, Dmitriev and Dmitriev’s wife, who he said left after a few minutes while they discussed terrorism and oil prices.

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/mueller-evidence-blackwater-founder-erik-prince-lied-congress-secret-meeting-russian-banker-report/

Parkland victim strikes back against this weeks worst person

Worst person of the week Ingraham v. Hogg

Update: Fox News show host Laura Ingraham announced on her show late Friday that she is taking next week off, after almost a dozen advertisers dropped her show after the conservative pundit mocked a teenage survivor of the Florida school massacre on Twitter.

Fox News show host Laura Ingraham announced on her show late Friday that she is taking next week off, after almost a dozen advertisers dropped her show after the conservative pundit mocked a teenage survivor of the Florida school massacre on Twitter.

Up to ten advertisers have abandoned Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s weeknight show as a direct result of her snark attack on MSD student activist David Hogg. The companies pulling their ads include TripAdvisor, Expedia, Hulu, Johnson & Johnson, Wayfair, Nestlé and Nutrish, Jos A Bank, Jenny Craig and Stitch Fix. (update: add Liberty Mutual, Ruby Tuesday, Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas)

A spokesman for TripAdvisor said the company doesn’t “condone the inappropriate comments made by this broadcaster. In our view, these statements focused on a high school student, cross the line of decency.”

Fox Has not commented but Ingraham’s Twitter mockery of Hogg, followed by his call for an ad boycott, clearly left a mark. Ingraham  insincerely  apologized but Hogg said he’ll only accept the apology if she denounces the way Fox “has treated my friends and me in this fight.” This has stirred even more criticism of Hogg in right-wing circles…

We all have to remember that Hogg and his peers are still high schoolers. It’s easy to forget that when you’re staring a computer screen, launching Twitter grenades. Yes, IMHO, the students sometimes go too far, with harsh rhetoric that hurts their cause. Gun rights proponents have gone way too far in their responses to the students. The attacks and conspiracy theories only reinforce that these students have a lot of political power right now…Brian Stelter CNN

Nate Silver tweeted Thursday: “The thing about the Parkland students isn’t that they’re always spot-on — they’ve had better and worse moments as communicators. But they’re at least as effective at politics as most professional pundits who have done it for years. Naturally, that’s very threatening to the pundits…”

This is the same racist Fox News personality that tried to bully Lebron James and Dwayne Wade telling them to “shut up and dribble”

The bravest man in the world

Dear leader and fulltime blatant liar Trump on Monday delivered his most off the wall remarks to date on gun control. A few actual policy points where brought up in between ridiculous comments about how he would have run inside the Florida school during the Feb. 14 shooting there “even if I didn’t have a weapon” and how he wants to arm only teachers who have a “natural talent, like hitting a baseball or hitting a golf ball or putting,”

Let’s get this straight. Our five-time deferred president (aka Cadet Bone Spurs) has claimed that if he had been at the Florida school shooting he would have run inside even if he hadn’t had a gun. Based on his illustrious record, I’m betting that the only way he would have run inside is if the shooter were outside chasing him.

Donnie “bone spurs” comments about what he would have done had he been at the shooting in Florida: This human being has absolutely no shame. The whole country is embarrassed.

His statement that he would have jumped in there with or without a gun is mighty bold talk for a five-time draft-dodger.

Where was “Macho Donny” he during the Vietnam War when his country called? Talk is cheap. Action talks and bullshit bravado walks. He simply is exploiting a tragic event to boost his own self-image.

Too much emphasis has been placed on the campus sheriff school resource officer and the four sheriffs deputies called to the scene. Some people think they all should have gone after the shooter, but wouldn’t you hesitate if you heard an assault weapon blistering away and only had a handgun and no armor? There needs to be proper training and outfitting to make that a plausible solution.

The odds that those officers could have done something to stop the shooter are slim and none. Statistics show that a trained shooter should make 85 percent-plus on target hits but, in an active shooter scene, the percentage of target hits is only 17%. Certainly, you have to agree, that those odds would be much worse against an assault rifle.

The bottom line is that assault weapon ownership needs to be carefully regulated. They are a weapon of war. Also, we need more train and properly outfitted law enforcement present on campuses.

We just can’t wait until this delusional dotard and his cadre of sycophants are out of power, and most of them in jail.

Submitted by commenter  – re:pete

Dear leader “Trump”occhio just won’t stop lying and lying

Yesterday morning, before heading out for a round of golf, Dear Leader Donald Trump tweeted this:

“This memo totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!”

The “memo” in question is the one released by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-California, that alleges that a dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele was the sole reason a FISA warrant was granted to surveil one-time Trump aide Carter Page. (like that would be enough by itself)

Trump’s ridiculous tweet is 47 words long. In those 47 words, he managed to say at least 4 things that are simply bald face lies.

Bald face lie number 1. “This memo totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe.”

First things first: Like you, we have no idea why Trump put “Trump” in quotes in the tweet. Maybe he means the collective Trump crime family, advisers and family advisers?

That’s not the really important thing, though. The really important thing is that the Nunes memo — even if you were stupid enough to believe every word of it — does not “totally vindicate” Trump or even start to.

Presuming the “probe” Trump is referring to here is special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, it’s important to note here that the “probe” is an actual criminal investigation looking into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether there was any conspiracy between Russia and members of the Trump campaign.

What the Nunes memo alleges — and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee insist that Steele dossier wasn’t the only reason the FISA warrant for Page was approved — has zero to do with Mueller’s probe. Trump is conflating the possibility the FISA warrant against Page with the broader investigation into Russia’s attempted meddling in a national US election.

Don’t believe us? Here’s what House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, tweeted after the Nunes memo release: “As I have said repeatedly, I also remain 100 percent confident in Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The contents of this memo do not – in any way – discredit his investigation.”

Bald face lie number 2  “The Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on”

It is true that Mueller’s criminal investigation continues. As do the House and Senate congressional committees’ probes into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election.

But to describe these investigations as a “witch hunt” simply doesn’t comport with known facts. Witch hunts are specious investigations driven by preconceived notions that wind up not being born out.

So far in the Mueller criminal investigation, two Trump associates — former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos — have pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in regards their relationships with Russia — and are cooperating with the Mueller probe. Two more one-time aides — campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates — have been charged with a series of counts including money laundering.

Even if you were to discount the serious Manafort/Gates charges — they haven’t been found guilty yet although Gates is now cooperating– how can you forget the guilty pleas by Papadopoulos and Flynn? If this was a “witch hunt,” then why did these two men plead guilty? If they hadn’t done anything wrong, why plead guilty and agree to cooperate with this serious criminal investigation?

Bald face lie number 3 “Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction”

It’s “there.” But ya know, whatever…..

Both the Mueller criminal investigation and House and Senate Intelligence committees’ investigations are ongoing. It is, therefore, totally impossible to make definitive statements about what has or has not been found and The Mueller investigation is looking at criminal conspiracy and possible espionage.

“The committee continues to look into all evidence to see if there was any hint of collusion,” Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, said last fall, adding: “The issue of collusion is still open.”

All Trump can accurately say that no evidence has been made public that proves beyond a reasonable doubt any conspiracy between his campaign and Russia. But that’s not what he’s saying. And therefore, he’s saying is completely wrong.

Bald face lie number 4 “After one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead.”

Trump and his sycophants keep saying collusion, which isn’t a crime in this situation, its conspiracy or working with a hostile foreign power that Mueller is looking at.

Again, there is simply no way Trump can know that for sure, based on what we has been made public. Mueller hasn’t spoken publicly about the status of his investigation since he was appointed in the middle of 2017. The last time Burr gave any sort of major update on the working of his committee’s investigation was in early October 2017. The House Intelligence Committee has been derailed by supposedly recused Devin Nunes

All we know for sure is that they haven’t announced any findings one way or the other. So, in reality, we don’t know the full story yet. Saying that nothing has been found is pure speculation and collusion is dead is very wishful thinking on Trump’s part.

This article is a reworked version of a CNN post yesterday