House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has come under fire in recent days after she penned an email for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Friday claiming special counsel Robert Mueller had been fired.
However, when subscribers clicked on the email to read the juicy details — which perceivably came at the hands of President Donald Trump — readers learned that Mueller had, in fact, not been fired.
Pelosi fired off the email with the subject line: "Mueller FIRED." But once readers opened the email, they were met with Pelosi's outrage over speculation that Trump is close to firing Mueller — not that he had actually did.
"I’m so furious I can barely write this email. President Trump is inches away from firing Robert Mueller and derailing the entire Russia investigation," Pelosi wrote, according to the Washington Examiner.
Pelosi added that her Republican colleagues are "actively HELPING" Trump in his alleged effort to oust Mueller and derail the FBI's investigation into Russia and his presidential campaign.
"They’re jeopardizing our democracy, our national security, and the safety of every election we hold. Frankly, they can’t be trusted," Pelosi said.
As to be expected, the email was simply a fundraising ploy. Pelosi went on to write that she needs "a MASSIVE 24-hour fundraising surge to send them a powerful message: If they let Trump fire Mueller, we’ll kick each and EVERY one of them out of office."
According to the Examiner, Pelosi and the DCCC included payment buttons so readers could "immediately" send their money to Democrats for the 2018 midterm elections.
What was the reaction to Pelosi's email?
Not positive. Three tweets from mainstream media reporters, one who works for Vox.com, one who works for MSNBC, and another who works for VICE news, made rounds on social media criticizing Pelosi for her obviously "fake news" claim.
DCCC needs to stop sending out emails with fake news as the subject line https://t.co/0E6cTeY6kX— eve peyser (@eve peyser)1523911283.0
The DCCC's subject lines may not have contributed to the fake news crisis, but damned if they help. https://t.co/qrM9JX9ccD— Dara Lind (@Dara Lind)1523656514.0
Who at the @dccc thought this clickbait email subject line was a good idea? https://t.co/goSDqQusyM— Garrett Haake (@Garrett Haake)1523657555.0
The email blast came after the New York Times reported last week that Trump had sought to dismiss Mueller in December. However, Trump pushed back against those claims, arguing that if he actually wanted to fire the special counsel then he would have done so already.