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House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes tore into the “mainstream media” Thursday, blasting outlets for acting as “enablers” who assisted Obama-era officials in their alleged attempt to depose President Donald Trump.
After Fox Business host Lou Dobbs ticked off the names of several Obama-era officials as well as Democratic lawmakers who he said are associated with the “Spygate” scandal, Nunes, California, Republican, added, “You forgot the really important actor.”
“You named a lot of the bad actors in this horrible tragedy, but you forgot the biggest one, the enablers…that is the mainstream media, who might as well move their offices into the Democratic National Committee,” Nunes began.
“They were in on this from the start. If you look at how they’re reacting over the last 24 hours, you know, they’re just in denial,” he continued, in reference to revelations this week that former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was likely set up by then-FBI Director James Comey and others.
(Source: Lou Dobbs Tonight)
“Now, these are the people that ought to be looked at for treason, okay? Because a lot of these people knew about the Clinton paid-for dossier,” Nunes continued, citing the “Steele Dossier” reportedly paid for by the DNC and the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign the FBI subsequently used to obtain FISA court warrants to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
“They were briefed on this, and then they were given these transcripts, okay? Intelligence transcripts, they were given this information. That’s all illegal. Those leaks are illegal, all right? Never should that have happened,” the California Republican continued.
“So the fact that you still have these lunatics out there, there’s probably a hundred of them, Lou, that — a hundred of them that were kind of the official Russia hoaxers,” he said. “They are out there still today accusing Gen. Flynn of being some type of Russian agent. This is the media.”
“That’s why it’s so important for the American people to understand that the media worked for the Democrats. And it’s important for Republicans to understand it, especially Republican elected officials including the president of the United States, Lou. He needs to quit calling on these people. Stop talking to them,” said Nunes.
Famously, President Trump often refers to the ‘mainstream media’ as “enemies of the people” and calls them “fake news.”
“You know, how many of us as Republicans would walk into the Democratic National Committee and say, ‘hey, I’m here for an interview, let’s go.’ I mean, just like how many Democrats would walk into the Republican National Committee and say is, ‘hey, let’s go. Put me before a board and ask me all your questions.’ This is lunacy that Republicans are even talking to these people,” he said.
For his part, Nunes was on to the scandal at an early stage. In February 2018, shortly after he released a memo outlining the then-alleged abuses that occurred with the FISA court, Fox News contributor and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino called it “the most consequential – no question – political scandal in American history.”
In addition, Bongino also blasted the mainstream media for downplaying the significance of the scandal.
“I don’t know what I’m more disgusted by, the memo or the filthy media acolytes and their liberal bootlickers pretending that there’s nothing in that memo,” he said.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 3, 2018
As for Nunes, he continued blasting the media for its role in exacerbating the scandal and serving as a conduit for ‘leaks’ and ‘bombshells’ that turned out to be false.
“Sorry to off on that tangent, but it’s important. They were the enabler of all of this. They gave the platform for this whole coup to be started, for the investigation to be started that then turned into a coup and trying to take out the president of the United States,” he said.
Dobbs agreed, noting that the corporate owners of the media outlets are equally responsible.
“I would like to add one other element of this for consideration as well. And that is the corporate owners of these outlets. This is beyond fake news, it’s also fake ownership because this is not happening without the at least tacit approval of the corporations for whom they work,” Dobbs offered.
“And as they conspire against the president, that is clearly obvious to very smart people who run ‘The Washington Post’ and who own it, Jeff Bezos. It is also apparent to not only the board of AT&T but its CEO. And it goes on and on.”
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