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CNN host Anderson Cooper mocked White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ concerns about widespread mail-in vote fraud after incorrectly citing testimony from FBI Director Christopher Wray as justification to refute the former GOP lawmaker.
In a segment during his Friday program, Cooper played a clip of Attorney General William Barr being interviewed by fellow CNN host Wolf Blitzer, in which he says there have been mail-in vote fraud cases the Justice Department has prosecuted.
“Elections that have been held with mail have found substantial fraud and coercion. For example, we indicted someone in Texas, 1,700 ballots collected from people who could vote. He made them out and voted for the person he wanted to,” Barr said.
“Okay? That kind of thing happens with mail-in ballots,” Barr continued after getting some pushback from Blitzer. “Everyone knows that.”
But that didn’t phase Cooper. “This guy,” he said, chuckling, before suggesting the AG was lying. “Keep him honest. No, actually, everyone doesn’t know that. It’s not true.”
He went on to cite a Justice Department official he did not name who claimed that Barr was given an improper memo — which, if true, means that Barr wasn’t being dishonest, he was merely reciting information that he had been given.
Cooper played another clip with Barr and Blitzer, in which Blitzer pressed the AG over concerns he voiced earlier this summer that foreign governments could flood some districts with fake mail-in ballots.
“What are you basing that on?” Blitzer asked.
“I’m basing that, as I’ve said repeatedly, I’m basing that on logic,” the AG responded, to Cooper’s continued mocking.
“‘People are concerned about foreign influence,’” Cooper said, repeating an answer Barr gave. “People are concerned about alien life forms coming down and voting too.”
It should be noted that CNN hosts and guests have spent much of President Donald Trump’s first term claiming to be concerned about alleged Russian influence in the 2016 and 2020 elections, a debunked conspiracy Cooper himself has embraced.
But then Cooper went on to attack White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for pushing back on testimony by FBI Director Christopher Wray, mischaracterizing what both men said.
He played a clip of Wray testifying about mail-in balloting problems on Thursday, in which the director said: “We have not seen, historically, any kind of national voter fraud effort in a major election, whether it’s by mail or otherwise.”
Cooper then segued into a clip of Meadows, who responded to Wray’s testimony, “Well, with all due respect to Director Wray, he has a hard time finding emails in his own FBI, let alone figuring out whether there’s any kind of voter fraud…Perhaps he needs to get involved on the ground and he would change his testimony on Capitol Hill.”
“Boom! Whoaaaa,” Cooper declared.
Meadows was, until recently, a GOP lawmaker from North Carolina who was involved in a number of House investigations into Obama-era scandals. These included the ‘loss’ of tens of thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails after they were subpoenaed as well as email messages exchanged between FBI officials involved in the “Spygate” investigation — many of which lawmakers and House investigators were never given during Wray’s tenure.
But a closer look at what Wray actually said — and Meadows was not given the full statement — noted that he was talking about “organized” mail-in voter fraud “historically.”
The 2020 election, under the guise of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be the first time in U.S. history there has been widespread mail-in balloting. Also, just because the Justice Department or the FBI has not investigated ‘organized’ ballot fraud does not mean it doesn’t exist or has not been revealed on the local level.
In fact, late last month a former Democratic operative pushed back against the leftist media and his own party’s claims that voter fraud is a ‘myth’ because, he said, he engaged in the practice regularly for decades.
Also, as mail-in balloting dramatically increased earlier this year and over the summer as states held their primaries, problems including potential fraud have dramatically increased, as BizPac Review has reported.
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