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Rep. Eric Swalwell was blasted in a tweet by The Blaze podcaster Dave Rubin Friday over the California Democrat’s use of the term “Nazi” to describe former acting Director of National Intelligence and U.S. diplomat Richard Grenell.
*Warning: Strong language
He isn’t a Nazi supporter you dick.
Ric has spent his public life defending minorities, gays and opposed people all over the world. All you’ve done is fart on cable TV.
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) July 23, 2020
The spat began with this tweet:
You are an absolute dirtbag @RepSwalwell.
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) July 23, 2020
Rubin intervened by calling Swalwell a “dirtbag” and followed up with the reminder about Swalwell’s embarrassing television moment.
But the boisterous democrat was front and center on cable news Friday to make clear that he has no problem with the FBI’s spying on the 2016 Trump campaign despite recent revelations that there was no justification to do so.
In an interview with Fox News’ “The Story,” the California Democrat and failed 2020 presidential contender noted agents “were right to do it.”
Swalwell was reacting to recently disclosed information detailing the actions of an FBI agent involved in the “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation of alleged ‘Russian collusion,’ noting that he “actively listened” for key subjects during an election interference briefing to Trump campaign officials in August 2016.
“I hope they do it if a Democratic candidate ever does that with any country,” he told host Martha MacCallum.
(Source: Fox News)
“So, Martha, remember right before this meeting occurred, candidate Trump said, ‘Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you have Hillary’s emails.’ And what do they do? They actually did it. So think about it.”
Then-GOP nominee Donald Trump made the comment in jest during a campaign rally, which has been widely reported, as MacCallum noted.
Earlier in the week, Fox News managed to obtain a document referencing typewritten notes by FBI agent Joe Pientka following an Aug. 17, 2016 briefing to Trump, Michael Flynn, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie “in support of [Office of the Director of National Intelligence] briefings provided to U.S. Presidential candidates and two of their advisers.”
The briefing was provided at the FBI’s New York Field Office and included a “13-minute defensive briefing” that Pientka gave. The document says FBI officials Kevin Clinesmith and then-counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok “approved” the notes.
“By the way, he says in the meeting, ‘Joe, are the Russians bad?’ It’s like, yes, the Russians are bad and don’t eat glue,” Swalwell said. “Like, should we even have to tell you that? … He told the country for years, but he was never given this briefing.”
At that, MacCallum pressed Swalwell.
“So President Trump was under investigation. Jim Comey said he was not. He said that to Congress under oath,” MacCallum said to Swalwell. “So the president was indeed under investigation.”
“What would you want a counterintelligence official to do when the president is asking the Russians to hack and they’re actually hacking,” Swalwell said. “I hope they look into him. I hope if Joe Biden was doing this with any other foreign country that is seeking to influence our elections that the FBI would look into it, thankfully they did not but that’s kind of their job.”
Earlier reports have noted that the FBI had no reliable intelligence indicating collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, but launched an investigation anyway, even securing FISA court warrants utilizing a bogus intelligence ‘dossier’ authored by a former British spy known to the bureau as an unreliable source.
In addition, former special counsel Robert Mueller said specifically in a report following his investigation that there was no evidence the Trump campaign colluded.
Swalwell also referenced a Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and a Russian lawyer as ‘evidence’ of collusion, though revelations over the past few years have proven that meeting was also unremarkable, as well as brief.
“That meeting was thoroughly investigated and you know as well as I do that they came up with nothing,” MacCallum noted.
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