CNN appeared to take some the wind out of the sails of an announcement late Wednesday afternoon that some messages from members of the Donald Trump transition team, possibly including Trump himself, had been intercepted and released to other agencies and may have been leaked with their names unmasked.
That evening, however, CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” announced its own exclusive “breaking” report, that it had information suggesting that Trump associates had coordinated with Russian operatives to release information damaging to the Hillary Clinton campaign.
BREAKING – US Officials: Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians https://t.co/VzYJOnLcnb https://t.co/oSvfLyHWUO
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) March 23, 2017
However, CNN’s “breaking” story was based on anonymous sources and only suggested that Trump associates “may have coordinated” with Russian operatives.
One law enforcement official said the information in hand suggests “people connected to the campaign were in contact and it appeared they were giving the thumbs up to release information when it was ready.” But other U.S. officials who spoke to CNN say it’s premature to draw that inference from the information gathered so far since it’s largely circumstantial.
The FBI cannot yet prove that collusion took place, but the information suggesting collusion is now a large focus of the investigation, the officials said.
In CNNs new “bombshell” report, “other US officials” disagree with the original US officials. ??? #FakeNews pic.twitter.com/BTxOrH8XPM
— Asa J ?? (@asamjulian) March 23, 2017
That’s a lot of qualifiers for a “breaking” story.
Nonetheless, Democrats were elated, beginning with Democratic operative Zac Petkanas, the Trump war room director.
I have waited so long for this headline. #Trumprussia pic.twitter.com/hZMYOoCwTx
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) March 23, 2017
He’s waited so long to hear qualifiers like “suggests” and “may have” from anonymous sources? Petkanas obviously sets his sights way too low.
If his name sounds familiar, it’s because late last month Fox News host Tucker Carlson turned him into a stuttering mess when Petkanas advocated for transgender bathroom decrees like that pushed by former President Obama.
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@Zac_Petkanas You are still recovering from getting #Tucked https://t.co/2P0jkUBXdT
— Jeremy (@The_Smirker) March 23, 2017
Others called it for what it was — a big fat nothing burger.
CNN is the boy who cried Russia.
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) March 23, 2017
@Zac_Petkanas Nice try, but no.
— Hi My Name Is: (@Gregory__Adams) March 23, 2017
@Zac_Petkanas Fake News!
— KDL (@DKJRHL) March 23, 2017
@Zac_Petkanas Except they left out the beginning: “Once upon a time, in a liberal fantasy…”
— Richard Flanary (@richflanj) March 23, 2017
And then there was the anonymous source itself — reportedly associated with the FBI, which doesn’t have the greatest track record.
Let’s not forget that James Comey has been a stooge for the criminals in DC since day 1#Nunes ‘US Officials’ pic.twitter.com/yILzDuNkTp
— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) March 23, 2017
US Officials Trend = Another Fake Story Trash from CNN ? Clown News Network / So sick of these Communist organizations
— Trump Street Team FL (@ChatRevolve) March 23, 2017
One wondered if CNN had an obsession with finding more and more ways to trash Trump.
#CNN is more obsessed with Trump & Russia than they were with the missing Malaysian Airplane ✈️ You guys remember that? #Nunes pic.twitter.com/ldXQ47KMdR
— Feisty☀️Floridian (@peddoc63) March 23, 2017
It’s also the top tweet on his twitter page. Anderson Cooper has a serios case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. https://t.co/npBrGVIEMS
— Feisty☀️Floridian (@peddoc63) March 23, 2017
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