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On Fox News, of all places, Trump’s ‘spy’ claim is debunked by Trey Gowdy and even Judge Napolitano

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On Fox News, of all places, Trump’s ‘spy’ claim is debunked by Trey Gowdy and even Judge Napolitano

President Trump has made it clear that he likes what he hears on Fox News. The network often covers the president favorably, bringing on conservative commentators who push the president’s agenda and, at times, explore far-right conspiracy theories.

But in an unusual shift Tuesday, three voices on Fox News pushed back against the president’s most recent conspiracy theory. A Fox News guest, commentator and anchor all rebuked claims from the president and his allies that the FBI planted a “spy” in his campaign in an effort to undercut his candidacy.

Outgoing Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the House Oversight Committee chairman and a Trump supporter, said in an interview on Fox that the FBI was justified in using a secret informant to assist in the Russia investigation. Gowdy, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, attended a classified Justice Department briefing last week on the FBI’s use of the confidential source, identified as Stefan A. Halper.

“President Trump himself in the Comey memos said if anyone connected with my campaign was working with Russia, I want you to investigate it, and it sounds to me like that is exactly what the FBI did,” Gowdy told host Martha MacCallum. “I think when the president finds out what happened, he is going to be not just fine, he is going to be glad that we have an FBI that took seriously what they heard.

“I am even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got, and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump,” Gowdy said. Asked about the president’s tweets on the subject, Gowdy added that such statements could be subject to questioning by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

“If I were his lawyer, and I never will be, I would tell him to rely on his lawyers and his [communications] folks,” he said.

Asked to respond to Gowdy’s remarks, a Fox News commentator known for defending the president also cast doubt on Trump’s claims. Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano (better known and often quoted by Trump as Judge Napolitano) said claims that the FBI placed an undercover spy on Trump’s campaign “seem to be baseless.”

“There is no evidence for that whatsoever,” Napolitano said. The fact that the FBI source spoke with “people on the periphery of the campaign,” he said, “is standard operating procedure in intelligence gathering and in criminal investigations.”

MacCallum, the Fox News anchor, pressed Napolitano, asking him, “If that were the case and the president said, ‘I want to know if anybody’s working with Russia,’ why was he not sort of clued in to that?”

Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court judge, replied that “frankly, that’s a judgment call.”

“I understand the president’s frustration that he was not informed of the fact that his campaign was being investigated,” Napolitano said. “Would I have told the candidate? I would have. But I respect the judgment of those who decided not to tell him. If they were there for some nefarious reason, the one Giuliani suggested, to gather data from the campaign and pass it to the West Wing and pass it to Mrs. Clinton, I’d want to see evidence before I made an allegation that outrageous.”

As The Washington Post has reported, there is no evidence to suggest that the FBI informant was inserted into the campaign. He did, however, seek out and meet three Trump campaign advisers.

Napolitano’s reluctance to back Trump’s claims was surprising in part because of Napolitano’s previous tendency to peddle conspiracy theories with no evidence. Trump is known to watch Napolitano on Fox News and has even quoted the legal analyst in tweets and seemingly appeared to follow his advice. Just last week, Trump tweeted a quote from Napolitano apparently delivered on Fox News: “It’s clear that they had eyes and ears all over the Trump Campaign,” Trump quoted Napolitano as saying.

In March 2017, Fox News temporarily pulled Napolitano off the air after he made the baseless assertion that President Barack Obama had asked for British assistance in wiretapping Trump. Later in the week, then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer referenced Napolitano’s claim in a news briefing, and Trump also repeated the assertion in a news conference.

“All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for that on television,” Trump said. “I didn’t make an opinion on it. That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox.”

Fox News was then forced to distance itself from Napolitano’s comments, saying it could not confirm Napolitano’s commentary and that it knew of no evidence supporting the wiretapping claims.

In a rally in Nashville on Tuesday night, Trump doubled down on his theory, asking the crowd: “How do you like the fact they had people infiltrating our campaign?”

Earlier in the day, the president once again fired out tweets condemning the Russia investigation as a partisan “Witch Hunt” and saying it could amount to “MEDDLING” in this year’s midterm elections. The same day, Trump’s lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, said the president will not agree to an interview with the special counsel until prosecutors allow the president’s legal team to review documents related to the FBI’s use of the source.

In his with Fox News, Gowdy called on the president to sit down for an interview with Mueller. He said the president should feel “heartened” that senior officials at the Justice Department, including FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, “now are all Trump appointees.” He said that Trump is not the target of the investigation.

“If he were my client,” Gowdy said, “I would say, ‘If you’ve done nothing wrong, then you need to sit down with Mueller.’ ”

It’s not the first time the South Carolina Republican has expressed his disapproval of the way the president and his legal team are approaching the Russia probe. Earlier this month, Gowdy condemned Trump’s attorney John Dowd for calling on the Justice Department to end the special counsel probe.

“If you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it,” Gowdy said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Also on Fox News on Tuesday, anchor Shepard Smith ripped apart the president’s “conspiracy theories” that Mueller and his team are meddling in the midterms, calling the allegations “unfounded, not based in fact or reason, with no evidence to support them.”

“There’s nothing to support that claim, and neither the president nor the White House has offered anything to support that claim,” Smith said, quoting Trump’s Tuesday morning tweet.

Smith also dismantled the president’s spy accusation, saying, “Fox News knows of no evidence to support the claim.”

“Lawmakers from both parties say using an informant to investigate suspected ties to Russia is not spying; it’s part of the normal investigative process,” Smith said.

It is not the first time Smith has gone against the grain of Fox News coverage. In November, the anchor stirred anger from Fox News viewers when he debunked conservative conspiracy theories surrounding a uranium deal involving former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Many Fox News conservative viewers called for Smith to be fired.

Tuesday brought a rare dose of Trump fact-checking on Fox News.

But come nightfall, there’s always Sean Hannity.

On his Fox News show Tuesday night, the conservative commentator stood behind Trump’s baseless spy claims, saying, “Robert Mueller’s out-of-control Russia probe has now lost all sense of legitimacy.”

Obama’s Justice Department, Hannity said, “utilized at least one informant to spy on multiple Trump campaign officials and associates during the 2016 election. And by the way, the media is lying about it.”

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Bad day for libtards, heads will roll. If it smells like shit it ain't puddin!! Obama and his cronies are finally..finally FINALLY going to jail!!! And I know I've been saying that for over a decade but its.. wait..WHAT WHAT? ?? NO ONE IS GOING TO JAIL????

it's a libra conspiracy!! Trey Gowdy was murdered and replaced by a clone it's the only possible damn way! ! Got dang libra clones!!

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2 hours ago, SyCOLA said:

Bad day for libtards, heads will roll. If it smells like shit it ain't puddin!! Obama and his cronies are finally..finally FINALLY going to jail!!! And I know I've been saying that for over a decade but its.. wait..WHAT WHAT? ?? NO ONE IS GOING TO JAIL????

it's a libra conspiracy!! Trey Gowdy was murdered and replaced by a clone it's the only possible damn way! ! Got dang libra clones!!

I’m waiting to read here how Shred and beefy are gonna start a joint, independent investigation into both the FBI and the DOJ, headed by Sean “Conspiracy Theory” Hannity. I imagine they’ve been talking to Ray and others here to help with their financing.xD

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3 minutes ago, Da Bird is da Word said:

I don’t know enough to have an opinion on the legality of it, but you guys look really stupid insisting there was no spy, or that the informant wasn’t a spy. 

xD You’ll swing whatever way you’re told, you spineless SIMP. DumbFuck will tell you later what your opinion is.

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18 minutes ago, jb™ said:

xD You’ll swing whatever way you’re told, you spineless SIMP. DumbFuck will tell you later what your opinion is.

Jb, this is nothing short of trolling at this point. You’re playing semantics. I don’t “believe everything I’m told”, I just know how to employ the English language with honesty. Go kill yourself.

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6 minutes ago, Da Bird is da Word said:

Jb, this is nothing short of trolling at this point. You’re playing semantics. I don’t “believe everything I’m told”, I just know how to employ the English language with honesty. Go kill yourself.

BULLSHIT!!! You'll swallow whatever outlandish nonsense Dumbfuck tells you to. Just like most every other DumbAss that posts here. At this point you HAVE to, you've swallowed so much horseshit from him, if you stop now....you might just have to start THINKING and using the common sense you were blessed with....although from what you post here, you were just passed over when it was being passed out.9_9

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2 minutes ago, jb™ said:

BULLSHIT!!! You'll swallow whatever outlandish nonsense Dumbfuck tells you to. Just like most every other DumbAss that posts here. At this point you HAVE to, you've swallowed so much horseshit from him, if you stop now....you might just have to start THINKING and using the common sense you were blessed with....although from what you post here, you were just passed over when it was being passed out.9_9

Sorry I’m not a cuck that hates his own race and believes everything the media tells him. I believe in tolerance and freedom of speech and religion and assembly, and the values on which this country was built. I’m sorry that race-baiting fascists like you have been exposed by the MAGA movement. Go kill yourself 😂

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1 minute ago, Da Bird is da Word said:

Sorry I’m not a cuck that hates his own race and believes everything the media tells him. I believe in tolerance and freedom of speech and religion and assembly, and the values on which this country was built. I’m sorry that race-baiting fascists like you have been exposed by the MAGA movement. Go kill yourself 😂

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You are one full of shit little white nationalist turd..........but you're a funny little white nationalist turd.........I'll give ya that. The LIES you morons keep telling yourselves..........Fucking AMAZING!

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1 minute ago, jb™ said:

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You are one full of shit little white nationalist turd..........but you're a funny little white nationalist turd.........I'll give ya that. The LIES you morons keep telling yourselves..........Fucking AMAZING!

Yeah, you don’t even know what a white nationalist is. I’m not one of them. You are what’s wrong with this country. Go kill yourself wrinkly sack of shit.

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Just now, Da Bird is da Word said:

Yeah, you don’t even know what a white nationalist is. I’m not one of them. You are what’s wrong with this country. Go kill yourself wrinkly sack of shit.

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3 minutes ago, jb™ said:

LIES...............ALL..............LIES!!!!!tenor.gif?itemid=4872552

The world will be a better place when you’re gone. Can’t wait til you’re not alive to spit out your bigotry anymore. I don’t feel bad for Nazi’s.

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Just now, Da Bird is da Word said:

The world will be a better place when you’re gone. Can’t wait til you’re not alive to spit out your bigotry anymore. I don’t feel bad for Nazi’s.

Your complete ignorance along with DumbFuck's is confirmed, of course his already was. You should run for political office! Allow EVERYONE to see what an IGNORAMUS you are. DumbFuck's not embarrassed to, why should you be?

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1 minute ago, jb™ said:

Your complete ignorance along with DumbFuck's is confirmed, of course his already was. You should run for political office! Allow EVERYONE to see what an IGNORAMUS you are. DumbFuck's not embarrassed to, why should you be?

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Dude, just kill yourself .  Nobody cares about Nazi’s, okay?

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15 minutes ago, jb™ said:

Your complete ignorance along with DumbFuck's is confirmed, of course his already was. You should run for political office! Allow EVERYONE to see what an IGNORAMUS you are. DumbFuck's not embarrassed to, why should you be?

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You would put every Trump voter in a camp if you could. You’re evil. Just go ahead and croak already, nobody cares. 

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17 minutes ago, Da Bird is da Word said:

Dude, just kill yourself .  Nobody cares about Nazi’s, okay?

 

3 minutes ago, Da Bird is da Word said:

You would put every Trump voter in a camp if you could. You’re evil. Just go ahead and croak already, nobody cares. 

The hate.  The vitriol.  This is the aggression that comes with being brain fucked by the white nationalist right.  

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6 minutes ago, SyCOLA said:

 

The hate.  The vitriol.  This is the aggression that comes with being brain fucked by the white nationalist right.  

Wasn’t talking to you faggot. I’m talking to Jb, and you know he’s the most hateful mother fucker here. I’m just reciprocating the vile shit he throwa my way. Go make your wife dinner little man 👍 

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4 minutes ago, Da Bird is da Word said:

Wasn’t talking to you faggot. I’m talking to Jb, and you know he’s the most hateful mother fucker here. I’m just reciprocating the vile shit he throwa my way. Go make your wife dinner little man 👍 

It's not to late to turn back. I know you're confused.  Don't throw your life away. 

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25 minutes ago, Da Bird is da Word said:

You would put every Trump voter in a camp if you could. You’re evil. Just go ahead and croak already, nobody cares. 

Sorry DipStick, that's what you and your racist ButtBuddy's here want to do with those evil Muslims and Non-Whites.....and let's not forget those evil Whites that stand firm in their resistance to a Con Man president. You know....all those you despise.

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15 minutes ago, jb™ said:

Sorry DipStick, that's what you and your racist ButtBuddy's here want to do with those evil Muslims and Non-Whites.....and let's not forget those evil Whites that stand firm in their resistance to a Con Man president. You know....all those you despise.

*sigh* I guess mankind has to wait a little bit longer for this stubborn Nazi to die. Oh well, this is a free country with freedom of speech (as long as conservatives go to the polls), so I guess we can deal with it. 👍 

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So let me get these facts straight....

1. Stefan Halper, who is on the FBI's payroll, meets with Carter Page first to inquire about Page helping Halper get his foot in the door with the Trump campaign as some kind of advisor.  In this discussion, Halper and Page discuss Page's dealings with some Ukrainian oil deals.  Halper asks Page to get him a meeting with Trump campaign official, Sam Clovis.

2. Page then helps facilitate that meeting.  Halper and Clovis meet.  Halper again asks about getting in as an advisor on Team Trump.  But when Halper begins telling Clovis stories about Russians and hacking, Clovis tells Halper he can't do anything for him and leaves.

3. Joseph Mifsud is hosting some conference on some kind of diplomacy crap, which George Papadopoulos attends, and apparently they strike up some conversation where Mifsud, who out of the blue, tells PapaD that he is aware the Russians hacked Hillary and the DNC and they have hacked emails and dirt on Hillary.

4. Halper then begins talking to Papadopoulos shortly after failing to get anywhere with Clovis.  He sets up a meeting, and even flies PapaD out to London (why the fuck is he flying a no-name 24 year old nobody out to meet with him?).  At this meeting, out of no where, he also tells PapaD that the Russians hacked Hillary and the DNC and they have all her emails and dirt on her.

5. PapaD, soon after, finds himself in a bar having drinks with the Australian Ambassador, Alexander Downer, who again out of no where asks PapaD if he heard anything about the Russians hacking, and PapaD tells him yes, he's heard from multiple sources now that the Russians hacked Hillary and the DNC and have dirt on them.

6. Downer then calls the FBI and tells them Papadopoulos is going around telling everyone he has first hand knowledge of the Russians hacking.

 

But we're not allowed to call Mifsud or Halper "spies"?  Okay, they were paid operatives setting up a honey pot entrapment scenario then.

This was a complete setup.  Whom ever in our government was funding Mifsud and Halper literally manufactured the entire situation.

We know the FBI is paying Halper six figures.  NYT even reported it.  So why the fuck is an FBI 3rd party paid contractor flying PapaD out to London to tell him something that the FBI is going to use to help secure a FISA warrant??

 

They tried to add on to this with the bogus meeting in Trump tower with DJT Jr. and the Russian lawyer, but that one obviously failed.  And then they manufactured the Dossier.

To this day, the FBI nor any of our IC or DOJ has examined the DNC server.  So it's a pretty safe bet at this moment that the CloudStrike report saying Russians hacked their server is bullshit too, just like the rest of this crap.

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6 minutes ago, Beef said:

So let me get these facts straight....

1. Stefan Halper, who is on the FBI's payroll, meets with Carter Page first to inquire about Page helping Halper get his foot in the door with the Trump campaign as some kind of advisor.  In this discussion, Halper and Page discuss Page's dealings with some Ukrainian oil deals.  Halper asks Page to get him a meeting with Trump campaign official, Sam Clovis.

2. Page then helps facilitate that meeting.  Halper and Clovis meet.  Halper again asks about getting in as an advisor on Team Trump.  But when Halper begins telling Clovis stories about Russians and hacking, Clovis tells Halper he can't do anything for him and leaves.

3. Joseph Mifsud is hosting some conference on some kind of diplomacy crap, which George Papadopoulos attends, and apparently they strike up some conversation where Mifsud, who out of the blue, tells PapaD that he is aware the Russians hacked Hillary and the DNC and they have hacked emails and dirt on Hillary.

4. Halper then begins talking to Papadopoulos shortly after failing to get anywhere with Clovis.  He sets up a meeting, and even flies PapaD out to London (why the fuck is he flying a no-name 24 year old nobody out to meet with him?).  At this meeting, out of no where, he also tells PapaD that the Russians hacked Hillary and the DNC and they have all her emails and dirt on her.

5. PapaD, soon after, finds himself in a bar having drinks with the Australian Ambassador, Alexander Downer, who again out of no where asks PapaD if he heard anything about the Russians hacking, and PapaD tells him yes, he's heard from multiple sources now that the Russians hacked Hillary and the DNC and have dirt on them.

6. Downer then calls the FBI and tells them Papadopoulos is going around telling everyone he has first hand knowledge of the Russians hacking.

 

But we're not allowed to call Mifsud or Halper "spies"?  Okay, they were paid operatives setting up a honey pot entrapment scenario then.

This was a complete setup.  Whom ever in our government was funding Mifsud and Halper literally manufactured the entire situation.

We know the FBI is paying Halper six figures.  NYT even reported it.  So why the fuck is an FBI 3rd party paid contractor flying PapaD out to London to tell him something that the FBI is going to use to help secure a FISA warrant??

 

They tried to add on to this with the bogus meeting in Trump tower with DJT Jr. and the Russian lawyer.  And then they manufactured the Dossier.

To this day, the FBI or any of our IC or DOJ has examined the DNC server.  So it's a pretty safe bet at this moment that the CloudStrike report saying Russians hacked their server is bullshit too, just like the rest of this crap.

 

I see Syco Shredmanned you but he has no refute....he must be googling right now....

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