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WTF MSM!? Emails show senior FBI officials knew of CNN's need for a 'news hook' to report on dossier

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The real collusion? ...

More evidence … A month ago, I wrote about how the Comey memos showed that former FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper colluded with CNN to provide a “news hook” so that CNN could report on the unverified Steele dossier. Last night we got more information about that collusion in the form of a letter from Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc.

The Federalist’s Sean Davis breaks down what this all means. In short, not only did Comey and Clapper apparently collude with CNN, other top-ranking FBI officials were in on it as well. Davis writes:

Newly revealed e-mails show that former Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) deputy director Andrew McCabe was keenly aware of CNN’s internal understanding of a secret briefing about the infamous Steele dossier, days before CNN published any stories on the matter. The e-mails, which were obtained by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), also reveal that top officials used coded language to refer to the salacious and unverified allegations made by Steele.

Former FBI director James Comey briefed then-President-Elect Donald Trump on January 6, 2017, on at least one unproven allegation contained in Steele’s dossier, which was jointly funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. CNN broke the story about the dossier briefing on January 10, 2017, touching off a firestorm of hysteria that culminated in not just the firing of Comey by Trump, but the eventual appointment of Department of Justice (DOJ) special counsel Robert Mueller.

Comey claimed that he was compelled to brief Trump on the dossier because “CNN had [it]” and was “looking for a news hook.”

Make no mistake about it, what these emails seem to show is that top-level officials of the FBI worked with a news organization to manufacture a news event that could then be reported on. This wasn’t merely someone leaking the details about an event; this appears to have been FBI working with CNN to create a news event, then leak it.

NBC News “journalist” shares opinion … Earlier today a group of House Republicans, many of whom are members of the House Freedom Caucus, filed a resolution to call for a special counsel to investigate possible Department of Justice misdeeds surrounding the 2016 election. NBC’s congressional correspondent Kasie Hunt was there, and she wasn’t shy about sharing what she thought of the representatives holding the press conference.

What type of rhetoric? The type of rhetoric that dares question whether the power of the federal government was used to spy on the political opponents of the past administration. This tweet by Hunt isn’t coverage. It’s opinion, biased, and not at all what one would expect from a neutral journalist. This is exactly why people don’t trust the media.

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