CNN and MSNBC may be the last two entities in America who still don’t believe that the FBI spied on the Trump campaign, with the networks’ on-air talent playing word games to get lost in the semantics of what is and is not spying.
With the liberal networks leading the charge to dissuade from the idea that Trump’s campaign was spied on, the Fox & Friends morning crew was discussing the New York Times story about the FBI sending an undercover agent posing as an assistant to meet with then-campaign aide George Papadopoulos in London, when they called out their rival cable networks.
The curvy, flirtatious agent accompanied Cambridge professor Steve Halper, a bureau informer.
“She was sent by the FBI,” co-host Steve Doocy said. “Our FBI, to spy on the Trump campaign, because she was working with this other guy, Professor Halper who was apparently a paid government informer for a very long time.”
“We know of at least two times, two people that were spying on the Trump campaign,” he continued. “But when you watch over the last couple of years, you watch some of the channels and you watch some of the things that people say, that claim by the president that he was spied on has been roundly mocked.”
A montage featuring MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and CNN’s Chris Cuomo casting doubt on Trump’s claim was then played.
CNN reporter Shimon Prokupecz closed out the clip.
“The notion that somehow the FBI implanted, planted someone inside the campaign to spy on the campaign, is just not true,” Prokupecz stated.
“It is true,” co-host Brian Kilmeade then said. “Because in this same New York Times story out today … it turns out that they were concerned about George Papadopoulos, an unpaid foreign policy adviser with the Trump campaign and this guy named Carter Page.
He noted that Papadopoulos said in an interview Thursday that he thought it was the CIA, not the FBI.
“The bottom line is its either [former CIA director] John Brennan or [former FBI director] James Comey’s organizations, who worked for President Obama,” Kilmeade said. They are concerned about Papadopoulos’ links to Russia because of something Ambassador [Alexander] Downer of Australia, from London, reported to the FBI.”
Yet, through it all, the media splits hairs over whether a spy was “implanted” in the campaign, as Trump suggested in a tweet.
Attorney General William Barr said last month that he believed the Trump campaign was spied on under the Obama administration.
“I think spying did occur, yes. I think spying did occur,” Barr told members of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee.
In response to the N.Y. Times article, President Trump took to social media on Friday to get a shot in against the newspaper for “finally” coming around.
He said this was “bigger than Watergate, but in reverse,” and tagged Fox & Friends, suggesting he was watching the segment above, much to the chagrin of the network’s competition.
“Finally, Mainstream Media is getting involved – too “hot” to avoid. Pulitzer Prize anyone? The New York Times, on front page (finally), “Details effort to spy on Trump Campaign.”
@foxandfriends This is bigger than WATERGATE, but the reverse!”
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