Grenell repeatedly backhands Russian collusion truther Swalwell when he foolishly keeps coming back for more

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Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell engaged in an epic back-and-forth on Twitter Thursday with Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), who continues to push the discredited narrative that the 2016 Trump campaign ‘colluded’ with Russia.

The feud began last week after Grenell, in one of his last official acts, declassified an email written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice to herself, in which she documented a meeting with then-President Barack Obama, then-FBI Director James Comey, then-CIA Director John Brennan, and then-DNI James Clapper, among others, to discuss the investigation into incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

As BizPac Review noted, the exchange began when the California Democrat, who became one of the first in a crowded field of 2020 presidential contenders to drop out of the race, responded to a tweet from Daily Beast editor-in-chief Noah Shachtman, who wrote that he trusts FBI Director Christopher Wray but not Grenell or then-incoming DNI John Ratcliffe.

“They’re the ones with the shovels burying evidence to protect [Trump],” Swalwell wrote.

“I’m letting the public see more info. You are the one who worked to hide the information you didn’t like. You listened to multiple people in classified hearings say they had no evidence and yet go on TV and say the opposite. Transparency is now a must!” Grenell wrote.

Then the exchange really took off, with Grenell continually roasting Swalwell for his fake Russia narrative while promising to release more documents allegedly implicating Obama-era officials in the plot.

“Thanks for showing up on Twitter. You never once came to brief the Intel Committee (First DNI Director who failed to do so). If you have nothing to hide, why don’t you release Flynn’s call with Russia?” Swalwell wrote, to which Grenell responded, “Those are coming.”

The back-and-forth took a hiatus for a few days, but on Thursday, Swalwell took another potshot at Grenell over the as-yet-unreleased transcript of the Flynn call with then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak — a conversation that would ultimately lead to his dismissal from the Trump administration and eventual plea to one count of perjury.

“Tick tock. ‘Those are coming.’ Well, you’re no longer director and the Flynn tapes never came. All you have to show for your work is the dirt on your boots from shoveling and burying evidence for @realDonaldTrump. #ShowUsTheTape,” Swalwell goaded.

But Grenell assured Swalwell the release is pending, while blasting him for repeatedly lying about ‘Russian collusion’ during multiple television appearances over the past few years.

“They are coming. There’s a thoughtful process to transparency. For years you went on TV spreading the Russian propaganda – knowing the entire time that not one single person under oath from your committee saw any collusion. Not one. It’s shameful!” He wrote.

The California lawmaker repeated the widely debunked narrative that Trump asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to find Clinton’s missing emails — a ‘request’ that was clearly made in jest during one of the president’s 2016 campaign events.

“You spent tens of millions of taxpayer dollars weaponizing the US government & telling Americans there was massive collusion. Your own committee interviewed more than 50 people under oath & they all said the same thing: they know of no collusion. But on TV you said the opposite,” Grenell responded.

“Weaponize? History lesson: Democrats were in the minority for the Russia Investigation — it was a GOP-led investigation that allowed witnesses to not answer questions. And the Mueller investigation came from @realDonaldTrump’s appointees. So, show us the Flynn tapes or buzz off,” Swalwell countered.

Democrats were permitted to ask “lots of questions” during the hearings, Grenell countered, noting that he had read transcripts of the investigation. “You just didn’t find any collusion when they were under oath,” he wrote, “so the transcripts were the only thing you didn’t leak to the DC media.”

At that, Swalwell asked if Grenell had read ‘transcripts’ of a series of events, all of which have been debunked.

“Oh, I read. I read it all. And you lied about collusion. And Americans who see the facts that you tried to hide are furious,” Grenell shot back.

At that point, Dan Goldman, former senior adviser and director of investigations for the House Intelligence Committee and now an MSNBC contributor, jumped in.

“Sad to see that @richardgrenell has assumed the same kind of deceptive and deficient logic that @RepRatcliffe used during impeachment. If any individual *fact* witness does not or cannot assert a *legal* conclusion, that does not mean that that legal conclusion cannot be found,” he wrote.

“I’m being deceptive?! I’m for transparency. You DC types hide the details from the American people and then go on TV and say something they can’t check. It’s the DC way. And it usually works – until Americans see the details (i.e. the hidden transcripts),” Grenell blasted.

The exchange ended this way:

Jon Dougherty

Staff Writer

Jon is a staff writer for BizPac Review with 30 years' worth of reporting experience, as well as an author and U.S. Army veteran. He has a BA in political science from Ashford University and an MA in national security studies/intelligence analysis from American Military University.
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