The much-anticipated report from the Justice Department’s internal watchdog had many bombshell takeaways but The New York Times found one it proudly announced.
The report’s real message, according to an op-ed by David Leonhardt published Thursday, is that President Trump “is lying.”
Despite multiple findings in the damning inspector general report, including that fired FBI chief James Comey was “insubordinate,” and FBI agent Peter Strzok showed a “willingness to take official action” to affect the presidential election, Leonhardt claimed the most important question addressed by the report was whether the DOJ and FBI “used their power” to help Hillary Clinton’s campaign while trying to hurt Trump’s.
The main message of the IG report is that President Trump is lying about the Justice Department and FBI. https://t.co/FQpc6QGzDe
— David Leonhardt (@DLeonhardt) June 15, 2018
According to the New York Times opinion piece:
In the lead-up to the report, Trump’s allies agreed that this was paramount. “The central question in my opinion,” David Bossie, Trump’s former deputy campaign manager, wrote this week on the Fox News website, “is did Hillary Clinton and her cronies get preferential treatment in her email server investigation for political reasons?”
And the report’s answer is clear: No.
Federal investigators and prosecutors did not give preferential treatment to Clinton. They pursued the case on the merits. They were guided by, as the inspector general’s report puts it, “the prosecutor’s assessment of the facts, the law, and past Department practice.”
It seems perhaps Leonhardt may have read a different report. Or, more likely, he was hoping readers take his word for what the report concluded, rather than read it themselves.
“Now that the report has been released, Trump and his allies are trying to confuse people about what it actually said. The White House and loyal media organizations like Fox News are mixing the report’s subjects to make it sound much better for Trump than it really is,” he wrote.
“The real story of the report is quite different. It finds that Trump’s claims of a “rigged system” to protect Clinton are outright fabrications. They are, as is so often the case with Trump, lies,” he concluded.
But the Times’ attempt to prove Trump is lying only ended up backfiring.
What IG report did you read? Liberal #groupthink dog whistle from the New York Slimes!
— Kate – I persist! (@IrishTexan2009) June 15, 2018
I read your opinion piece. Now maybe you should read the whole IG Report.
— Donna Is Busy (@Donna__Bee) June 15, 2018
Are you clinically insane? Lying like a rug? Or just haven’t read the report & are speaking out of incredible ignorance?
— (((WitCoHE))) (@E__Strobel) June 15, 2018
It seems the more the liberals attack Trump, the more they show their true colors and inability to objectively report the news.
The main message is the DOJ and FBI continue to lie about their own behaviors and the bias they bring to political investigations
— Rob Womack (@Rojowo) June 15, 2018
LOL! This is your hot take?
— Ex-GOP Greg (@Flying59Vette) June 15, 2018
The main message of your tweet is that you’re a partisan hack who is entirely incapable of rational, objective assessment. #IGReport
— Jake Harrison (@RedStateJake) June 15, 2018
That’s your takeaway? Talk about #FakeNews.
— Johnny Flyover (@john1gun) June 15, 2018
Dude, Are you even trying anymore?
— William Keane (@largebill68) June 15, 2018
Says the lying NY Times. No one, no one takes you seriously.
— Steve Jackson (@Jackson_Cle) June 15, 2018
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