Richard Grenell schools CNN’s Erin Burnett in dust-up over John Bolton’s book

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Richard Grenell used a debunked fake-news report by CNN to illustrate how John Bolton’s book can be both classified and false. (screenshot)

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Richard Grenell, the former acting director of national intelligence, schooled CNN by using its own discredited reporting to underscore how John Bolton’s anti-Trump tell-all book can contain information that is both false and classified.

Bolton is shilling a new book where the disgraced former national security adviser accuses President Trump of a variety of misdeeds.

The White House sued to block the book’s publication, saying it contains classified intel and makes claims that are false.

Judge Royce Lamberth allowed the book to be published but noted that: “Bolton has gambled with the national security of the United States. He has exposed his country to harm and himself to civil (and potentially criminal) liability.”

Critics on both sides of the political aisle slammed Bolton for not testifying before Congress if Trump’s alleged abuses were so bad, as he claims.

The reason Bolton bypassed Congress in favor of cashing in with a book is because when you testify before Congress, you can be jailed for perjury if you make false statements. There’s no such punishment if you lie in a book or on cable TV shows.

CNN host Erin Burnett told Grenell that she doesn’t understand why the Trump administration tried to block publication of Bolton’s book. Burnett said the claims John Bolton made in his book cannot be both false and classified at the same time.

Burnett said: “So which is is, Ambassador? You’re saying it’s highly classified or it’s fake. It can’t be both.”

Grenell then burst out laughing at Burnett’s epic cluelessness.  “Of course it can be both! What are you talking about?” he chuckled.

Grenell explained: “There can be a nugget of classified information. There can be something in there that shows sources and methods. It can be talking about things that are classified, but then completely gone in another direction, completely made up, completely misused. Life is not so simple that it’s either-or. You can tell a story that has a nugget of classified information that is a totally erroneous story, that goes off on a tangent and gives a false impression.”

(Source: Fox News)

Richard Grenell said: “Let me give you one example of a nugget of information that completely is made up and wrong that people believed. It’s when CNN reported for a very long time that Kim Jong-Un was brain-dead.”

At that point, CNN’s Erin Burnett got triggered and tried to interrupt Grenell.

But Grenell continued: “Now, I can’t go into great details, but the fact of the matter is, that was erroneous but had a nugget of classified information in there. And we couldn’t correct the record because of classified sources and methods. But that story ran for a very long time, and people believed it. And it was never really corrected later on.”

Burnett then claimed that CNN never reported that Kim Jong-Un was dead. “That was another network,” she huffed.

CNN reported Kim Jong Un brain dead
On May 5, 2020, even the left-wing Washington Post slammed CNN for falsely reporting that Kim Jong Un was on his deathbed. (screenshot)

In April, CNN host Jim Sciutto breathlessly broke the fake news that Kim Jong-Un was gravely ill and possibly on his deathbed following surgery.

CNN, MSNBC and other left-wing media outlets giddily stoked speculation that the North Korean dictator was either dead or on the verge of death.

The left-wing media hyped these rumors because if Kim were dead, they believed it would be a disaster for President Trump. Why? Trump has spent time trying to establish diplomatic relations with Kim to prevent him from attacking longtime U.S. ally South Korea.

Meanwhile, Twitter reacted by mocking CNN for getting caught in its web of fake-news lies.

“BREAKING: Kim Jong Un is reporting CNN is dead.”

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