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The Leak to CNN Does Not Confirm What You Think It Does

There are no coincidences. It is not a coincidence that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes spoke to reporters today and said the FBI has not been cooperative and only a few hours later CNN is running a salacious story alleging Trump campaign staff just might have coordinated with the Russians.

In his sworn testimony the other day, James Comey said this:

Leaks have always been a problem. I read over the weekend subjects from George Washington and Abraham Lincoln complaining about them. But I do think in the last six weeks and couple of months there’s been, at least apparently, a lot of conversation about classified matters that’s ending up in the media, and a lot of it is just dead wrong which is one of the challenges because we don’t correct it. It does strike me there’s been a lot of people talking or at least reporters saying people are talking to them in ways that have struck me as unusually active.

Notice the wording in the CNN story:

One law enforcement official said the information in hand suggests “people connected to the campaign were in contact and it appeared they were giving the thumbs up to release information when it was ready.” But other U.S. officials who spoke to CNN say it’s premature to draw that inference from the information gathered so far since it’s largely circumstantial.

So we have an entire, salacious story being run based on ONE law enforcement official with multiple other law enforcement officials saying it is premature to draw conclusions. What do you think the odds are that the ONE law enforcement official is a Democrat?

This story is making waves because the Democrats need it to and reporters these days are hired and fired based on how much traffic they bring to newsroom websites. That symbiotic relationship is generating fake news and exaggerated news.

To quote FBI Director James Comey, “A lot of conversation about classified matters that’s ending up in the media, and a lot of it is just dead wrong.” Let’s wait and see. Let’s also note the timing — it comes after Nunes’s press conference in which he largely dismissed the seriousness of the story. Suddenly there’s a new story to make it serious again.

This reeks of partisan opportunism.

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