Donald Trump’s Twitter account may be the mirror into the alternate reality wonderland that he and his followers inhabit, but Fox News is at least a side door into that fact-free universe. Here’s a Fox host and guest flat out lying about that assessment from the intel community of Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
RICHARD ST. PAUL (FORMER PROSECUTOR): What [special counsel Robert] Mueller is looking at is whether Russian operatives funded the Trump campaign to elect the president. That’s the conspiracy, that’s the campaign violations, that’s the “collusion” between the two.
HARRIS FAULKNER (HOST): But 17 intel agencies have looked at this and said they meddled, but not to the benefit of one candidate or the other. I don’t — where else does it need to come from?
PAUL: Which is exactly right. Again, why would the president sit down when there is no strong allegation, there’s no information that says that he was involved with this conspiracy of violating campaign finance laws. Or criminal laws at that. Why would you sit down?
There’s actually two lies in there. The first is that collusion allegations are about Russian funding Trump’s campaign. While that is one possible type of collusion — and given the funneling of tens of millions of dollars from Russian oligarchs to the NRA, one that looks more and more likely — it’s hardly the only one, and it was not really contemplated at the start of the investigation. But it’s the second lie that really jumps out. What Harris Faulkner claimed is the exact opposite of what that intel assessment said. Read it for yourself.
We assess with high confidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election, the consistent goals of which were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump. When it appeared to Moscow that Secretary Clinton was likely to win the election, the
Russian influence campaign then focused on undermining her expected presidency.
We also assess Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by
discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him. All three agencies agree with this judgment.
We also, of course, have the emails from Putin go-betweens telling Donald Trump, Jr. that they want his father to win and have dirt on Clinton that will help him do so. And Putin’s own admission in Helsinki that he wanted Trump to win. Chalk this up as just another Fox News lie.